With school over, I was eager to finally have time to read for fun, and so the first book I picked up was one suggested and loosely explained to me by DaleyDowning: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. I had heard the name but knew nothing of the classic story, so I was excited to give it a try.
The book sounded like a sci-fi novel and I was admittedly a little worried to get into that genre, as I know it’s quite vast and I really don’t have a huge interest in it, but this book was really fun and light, which was perfect!
The book tells of the destruction of Earth and its sole survivor, Arthur Dent, who managed to hitch a ride to space with the help of his extraterrestrial writer pal Ford Prefect.
The writing of this book was very interesting. It was quirky and captivating and the narration style was very different, which made it easy to keep reading. The characters were just as quirky as well, though I assume everyone identified the most with Arthur…I sure did! The interesting writing style therefore made the book incredibly quotable; there were so many clever and memorable lines!
What I didn’t like about this book was that it took a lot of chances to unnecessarily explain the very wide universe it was set in, so I often found this distracting from the plot. Sometimes whole chapters would be some random story about some weird alien race on some weird alien planet, and I didn’t care much for it, as it was already made clear just how vast and diverse the galaxy is. I just think that the book had a really cool chance to tell this fascinating story through the perspective of average and relatable human Arthur but instead, the story was too concerned with packing readers with information and new names.
Luckily, is was just that kind of blabber that was cut out of the movie, by the same name. While I can’t say I loved the book, I did really enjoy the movie. It was concise, funny, and it, for the most part, followed the book very well. Not to mention the great casting and voicing. Even though the CGI isn’t anything extraordinary, it’s pretty good for 2005, and it works well with the quirkiness of the story. Plus there was a really catchy song at the beginning and end of the movie that I had stuck in my head all day. I’d recommend the movie even if you haven’t read the book and/or have no plans to.
All in all, really cool world. The series isn’t even science-y enough to be sci-fi, and I was very amused for both the book and the movie (though more for the movie). So now I have to decide whether I want to keep reading the series. There are actually four more books but I’m on the fence. Four more books is a commitment, especially since there are no more movies and like I mentioned, I didn’t love the first book. That being said, if you’re looking for something light, nerdy and unlike anything you’ve ever read, then give The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy a shot. In fact, as I’m writing this, I think I’ve decided to continue on with the series. The books aren’t too long, and it’s not like I have a bunch of other books to read instead…
Has anyone read this book or the rest of the series? I’d love to hear your thoughts! And I’d also love to know any other similar books you recommend.
That’s all for now! (Or maybe I should change my closing line to “so long, and thanks for all the fish!”)