The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway. Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy -full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox - the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy: Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot: Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. (From Goodreads)
Why I Picked This Book: I read this book about 25 years ago and remember enjoying it so I really wanted to reread this.
My Impression: This is all kinds of madness in the best possible way! After reading this I'm not surprised that Douglas Adams wrote episodes of Doctor Who as the very dry humor and irreverent tone of Hitchhiker's Guide is very similar to the feel of many of Doctor Who episodes. I love the tone and humor of this book and it's definitely a story that stays with you even though there is no life lesson to be learned - other than be prepared and be willing to roll with whatever happens and even that's kind of a stretch. I loved Arthur and Ford and their journey through space was definitely entertaining. The end isn't really an end of a story but an end of a phase and I'm looking forward to continuing with the rest of the series.
I know several people who didn't care for this book and reading it I can see why. There's a number of tangents that kind of go nowhere. While I found them amusing and adding to general feel of the story and the universe I can see people getting frustrated. Also, character development is on the light side. Even Arthur who is basically the main character has one primary emotion which is basically bewilderment. I'd really like to see more of Trillian/Tricia and am hoping that will happen in the next books.
Overall, I found this to be a quick and thoroughly entertaining read.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, I would though the style is so distinct I can see how not everyone would love this one.
Challenges Met? Library Challenge, The Reading Assignment Challenge