The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

3.5 star rating

The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Because I’m the sort of annoying, flighty idiot who gets bored doing the same thing all the time, you’ll find my post are going to jump from author to author.  Since A is the first letter of the Alphabet we’ll start with Douglas Adams and The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.  I have to admit the first time I tried to read The Hitch -Hikers Guide to the Gallery, I actually didn’t like it, yet I went on to read the rest of the books in this verse and enjoyed them.  When I went back to read the first book, I found that I understood the humor enough to appreciate and enjoy it.  You can argue that this is actually sci-fiction not fantasy quite successful but for something this funny, who really cares.

 

Summary

Starting with the Hitch-Hikers guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote a total of five books in this verse.

 

3/5 star rating

The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy

Arthur Dent has just had his house demolished, his bad day is just about to get unexpectedly worst however.  Earth is due to be demolished by Thursday lunch time to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend just happens to be an alien hitch-hiking his way across the universe.  Armed only with a towel and a book, Arthur Dent is about to find out the universe is a very strange place.

 

 

  3.5/5 star rating

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Arthur Dent and his curious comrades attempt to escape the war-like Vogons and been taken to the most evil world in the galaxy all the while hurtling through space trying desperately find a place to eat.

 

3/5 star rating

Life, The Universe and Everything

The inhabitants of Krikkit are unhappy, they are sick of looking up at the night sky above their heads.  So they plan to destroy it, the universe that is.  Now five people stand between them and their goal of total annihilation.

 

  3.5/5 star rating

So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish

Convinced the world could be made a happy and good place Arthur searches for God’s Final Message To His Creation, and finds it, only it is not quite what he expected.

 

  3/5 star rating

Mostly Harmless

 Its disheartening when your planet has been destroyed for a hyper-spacial express route, the woman you love has vanished, the spaceship you are travelling in cashes and all you have to fall back on are a few sandwich making skills

 

 

Review

It took me awhile to get into Douglas Adam’s humor, the first attempt to read the first book was not very successful but I went on to read the others and by the time I did so I had gotten into his particular way of thinking enough to go back and read the first book with enjoyment.  Douglas Adams humor isn’t for everyone, he has a slightly strange way of looking at the world, the universe and everything not everyone will understand or get but if you are lucky enough to do so, what a wild ride it is.  Hilariously funny, it makes you think about the world, people and our place here in a different way.

 

Background Info

Considered the Unofficial member of the Monty Python, Douglas Adams left university determined to become a TV and radio writer which led Adams to be discovered by Monty Pythons Graham Chapman.  His contribution is credited in a couple Monty Python films and he even appears in one. Adams career stalled however, his style of writing unsuited to what was been produced on radio and TV at the time.  He took on odd jobs, including as a hospital porter, barn builder, and chicken shed cleaner. He was employed as a bodyguard by a Qatari family, who had made their fortune in oil.

He kept writing with various success, he came up with the Hitch-hikers guide to the Galaxy lying drunk in a field in Austria, staring up at the stars with a Hitch-Hikers Guide to Europe.  Starting as a successful radio play, Douglas Adams also went on to write Doctor Who and become a script editor.

 

Who should read this book?

Any one with a sense of humor.  I admit it took me a bit to get into his books and understand Adam’s sense of humor, but once I did, I couldn’t get enough.  The Hitch-Hikers guide will take you on a wild ride which makes very little actual sense but you’ll have have an absolute laugh anyway.  I actually think the reason my first attempt to read this book was unsuccessful because I was trying to make sense of something that isn’t suppose to make a lot of sense.  The only thing to do with Douglas Adams is to hold on and enjoy the wild ride he takes you on. Full of adventure, with a bunch or people who don’t really have a clue, plenty of wit and if you’re lucky, a cup of tea, there is no one quite like Douglas Adams.

I give these books a combined score of 3.5/5

 

Reading Order

 

Purchase the complete Omnibus of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to The Galaxy through Amazon

 

Or if you prefer to buy separately

  1. The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to The Galaxy ……..  Purchase through Amazon
  2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe…  Purchase through Amazon
  3. Life, The Universe and Everything……             Purchase through Amazon
  4. So Long and Thanks For All The Fish……        Purchase through Amazon
  5. Mostly Harmless…..                                             Purchase through Amazon

 

 

 

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