Book Review |The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Hey Everyone,

So I have heard about this book so many times and I had been very curious about what the love of this book gets and I agree, it’s funny, weird and also enjoyable. I know that this review a bit late than I had planned but work has been so busy and I just wasn’t in the mood to post anything on here.

blurb from Goodreads

Don’t Panic: collected together in the Hitchhiker’s Guide Trilogy are the five titles that comprise Douglas Adams’ wildly popular and wholly remarkable comedy science fiction series, with a special introduction from the author himself.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be rather a lot to cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun. The Galaxy may offer a mind-boggling variety of ways to be blown up and/or insulted, but it’s very hard to get a cup of tea.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains – ‘Where shall we have dinner?’ The Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.

Life, the Universe and Everything

Following a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. An eddy in the space-time continuum lands him, Ford Prefect, and their flying sofa in the middle of the cricket ground at Lord’s, just two days before the world is due to be destroyed by the Vogons. Escaping the end of the world for a second time, Arthur, Ford, and their old friend Slartibartfast embark (reluctantly) on a mission to save the whole galaxy from fanatical robots. Not bad for a man in his dressing gown . . .

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

There is a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It’s not an easy thing to do, and Arthur Dent thinks he’s the only human who’s been able to master this nifty little trick – until he meets Fenchurch, the woman of his dreams. Fenchurch once realised how the world could be made a good and happy place. Unfortunately, she’s forgotten. Convinced that the secret lies within God’s Final Message to His Creation, they go in search of it. And, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it . . .

Mostly Harmless

Arthur Dent has settled down on the small planet Lamuella and has embraced his role as a Sandwich Maker. However, his plans for a quiet life are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter. There’s nothing worse than a frustrated teenager with a copy of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in their hands. When she runs away, Arthur goes after her determined to save her from the horrors of the universe. After all – he’s encountered most of them before . . .

Published: 1992

Published Edition: November 2017

Total Pages: 732

Genre: Science Fiction

Format of Reading: Audiobook (For the first two books), Physical Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Review

This book follows Arthur Dent, he is just a typical Englishman waking up to a normal day until he discovers that his home is being demolished because his home is in the way for a freeway which Arthur had no idea. His friend, Ford Prefect, then tells him that the world is about to be destroyed and that he is from another planet which while I was listening, I immediately thought of Beetlejuice but it’s spelt different.

Ford then introduces Arthur a book called The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy which was how Ford travelled to Earth, he offers to save Arthur by hitchhiking the ship that destroyed Earth and travel across the galaxy where they encounter friends, enemies as well as searching for the question from the answer 42.

If I didn’t read this book during the Tome Topple Readathon, then I probably would still be reading the book. This is a hilarious book and I am suprised at myself as to how much I enjoyed it. I picked up the first book with the Audiobook, mainly because I didn’t know if I was going to enjoy it and then listening to the story which was narrated by the amazing Stephen Fry, I fell in love. It’s weird and crazy, most of the time I was mainly going “wait what?” I highly recommended it. I even had to resist laughing in public because of how entertaining the book was.

The second book was narrated by Martin Freeman aka the man who played Arthur Dent in the movie. It felt more humourus to listen to the second book from the voice of Dr John Watson. But I decided to read the remaining three books physically and oh boy I wished I had the audiobooks, I think for me it went off into a weird zone. I did find myself getting confused about the plot and wondered if I was reading the right book. I would have to say that the series doesn’t get better in my opinion, I know that there are going to be a lot of people who can disagree but I thought it went off in a very confusing direction.

I hope you are having a lovely day, I bet you might be panicing over the Christmas holidays but take some advice from this book. Don’t Panic xx

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