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Published: 1979 (originally)
Pages: 323 (with movie tie-in edition pages)
Start Date: May 4, 2011
Finished Date: May 8, 2011 (4 days)
Where Found: Campus bookstore
Why Read: On my TBR list
Read For: 1st in a Series Challenge (5/6)
Summary: A dull-witted Earthling is swept away by his friend (who turns out to be an alien being) as the Earth is destroyed where they catch a ride with a multi-headed dimwit (who turns out to be President of the Galaxy) to search the galaxy for answers to deep thoughtful questions...and riches beyond (or maybe in?) their dreams.
Science fiction is a tough genre for me to crack. I love many of the classic sci-fi movies: Star Wars, Aliens, The Day the Earth Stood Still...just not 2001: A Space Odyssey (the space shots with the classical music were tremendous but the rest made me snooze). So why do I falter when it comes to sci-fi novels? I really don't know. I guess it's the genre I grab last off the shelf. But to live up to my reputation of being eclectic (thanks again Jillian @ Random Ramblings for the sweet compliments), I really need to expand my (universal) horizons more. Maybe there's a sci-fi reading challenge out there for me?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first in a trilogy written by the late Douglas Adams. Once I got started, it was hard to stop. I loved taking it outside on the deck on a brilliant spring day, sipping a cold drink, often risking it spurting out my nose as I laughed out loud at some random comment. Let's face it: the entire book is all about random moments. In short, it's oddly captivating. Imagine Monty Python meets Lewis Carroll in space. There you have it.
The plot is absurd and so much fun to lose yourself in. Forget about logic and flow--it jumps gears randomly at breakneck speed that it's much more enjoyable to go with the flow. The characters are a blast--I love Arthur's dry British wit, Marvin the depressed robot's sharp intellectual banter, and as for the villain (who's more of a dope than a bad guy), Zaphod Beeblebrox takes the prize for most eccentric character I've encountered in recent years.
My one beef with this book is that it ends so abruptly that two pages from the finish line there is still so much up in the air that it screams for a sequel and PRONTO! I'm not too taken with it to move immediately into reading the sequel (and the next 3 Adams books, plus one more written after Adams' death by Eoin Colfer), but it was, to literate the British accent, a hoot and a "hawf" :D
Rank: (A)- Excellent, Highly Recommend