- Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Author: Douglas Adams
- Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2005
- Pages: 216
- ISBN: 0345391802
This was a much shorter book than I anticipated! My copy of the book had about 90 pages of “about the making of the movie” info, which I didn’t read cause I haven’t seen the movie yet.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for YEARS – 7, at least. Ever since I worked at Waldenbooks and saw how popular it was. I started to read it once, but ended up putting it down and reading something else instead. But since John Gribbin made mention of THGTTG at least twice in his book In Search of the Multiverse, it renewed my interest and I finally got around to reading it. Yay!
This book is… goofy. But fun and interesting and I want to read the second book, so it was good. Basically Arthur is a human that is rescued by his friend Ford, who it turns out is from another planet and is a field researcher traveling the galaxy to update The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. They leave Earth minutes before it’s vaporized, and from there they go on a weird journey of sorts. They meet up with Zaphod Beeblebrox (the President of the Galaxy), Marvin (a severely depressed robot), Trillian (another Earthling who hooked up with Zaphod a while back) and funniness ensues.
This book is very obviously a small part of a much longer story – this is just the beginning of the travelers’ odd little trip through the galaxy. So, it’s not a huge plot or anything and in only 200 pages, it’s not like you really get to know the characters too well. But I’m still really looking forward to reading the next book and seeing what happens to them next. I like when fondness for characters kind of creeps up on me like that, without me really expecting it.
There’s a lot of randomness in this book – if you try to memorize all the different names of species and planets and other stuff, you’ll just get confused and frustrated. Just keep reading, and you’ll find that you’re able to remember the stuff that matters, and even some of the stuff that doesn’t.
I am a little bummed, however, that I did not learn exactly WHY a towel is the most important tool for a galactic traveler to have. Also, the green smily face guy on some of the covers apparently doesn’t really mean anything and isn’t actually in the books – it was just a cover design that really caught on as a symbol for the series.
So, this was a fun and silly sci-fi read, with oddly endearing characters. I’m looking forward to the other four books in this “trilogy”.
Sarah Says: 4 stars