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review 2017-05-21 17:33
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) - Douglas Adams,Stephen Fry

This was on my to-read list for a long time and I probably wouldn’t have gotten to it anytime soon if I hadn’t landed on Tomorrow Land 36: Ride space mountain! Read a book with either an image of or from space or where the authors full name contains the letters SPACE

 

I’ve never been a huge fan of reads like this, preferring speculative fiction if I’m going to delve into something in the sci-fi genre, so I wasn’t that hopeful I’d enjoy it. Somewhere along the way, though, I got sucked in to this crazy book and started to enjoy it a lot. It’s all about a mad journey Arthur Dent (a man from earth) makes with his friend, Ford Prefect, (an alien who has been posing as a human for fifteen years) through space.

 

I’m not going to say much about this because honestly, I don’t know where to start. It doesn’t make a huge lot of sense but then, neither does life and this is precisely the point I believe it was trying to make. I'll just leave you with this, my favourite quote. I think it epitomises the book quite well:

 

"Look," said Arthur, "would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?"

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text 2017-05-15 18:54
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) - Douglas Adams,Stephen Fry

So wierd, but so much fun. C'mon the dice rolling!

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review 2017-05-15 00:00
Mostly Harmless
Mostly Harmless - Douglas Adams Mostly Harmless - Douglas Adams This was far more enjoyable than the previous volume in the series. Appropriate pace, and the hopping around to different POVs wasn't nearly as confusing as it has been.
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review 2017-05-12 20:54
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman,Douglas Adams

In the 1970s, a BBC radio serial was a surprise hit with a combination of humor and science fiction, eventually this spawned more radio serials, a TV show, even a Hollywood produced film, but also a series of books by creator Douglas Adams.  The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy contains the first five novels and a short story written by Adams for fans both old and new, but unfortunately it seems that the novels might be more hype and substance.

 

The five novels contained in this anthology book are all flawed in various and similar ways, which seem to appear and disappear through the series.   As a series of stories that were meant to be rooted in humor and science fiction, only the latter seemed to be constantly topnotch while the humor was a lot of hits-and-misses as in some stories seemed to have them and others didn’t.  Another issues was narrative flow in each story or general lack thereof, as the majority of the stories are just a series of things happen before ending while others were narratively solid stories that got the reader looking forward to how it would end only for said ending to just appear out of nowhere leaving the reader cheated.  Sadly the best story in the entire book that essentially got all the above flaws correct was the short story about young Zaphod.

 

Having looked forward to reading this collection of stories, I feel ultimately cheated after finishing the book.  Overall I found everything in the book average and okay, but this will not be a book I go back to read again and has put in my mind to search out the original radio series or the old TV series to see if either or both are better than The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2.5/5)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (3.5/5)

Life, the Universe, and Everything (3.5/5)

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish (2.5/5)

Young Zaphod Plays It Safe (4/5)

Mostly Harmless (2.5/5)

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text 2017-05-12 20:19
Reading progress update: I've read 815 out of 815 pages.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman,Douglas Adams

Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams

 

The fifth and penultimate installment of the Hitchhiker's series had an interesting premise and sadly poor execution, which almost seems to sum up my overall thoughts on the entire series.

 

The story begins and ends on Earth, not the first one nor the second but another one, with reporter Tricia McMillan wishing she had joined Zaphod seventeen years before.  Meanwhile Arthur Dent is hitchhiking around the Universe looking for an Earth to settle down on, if he can get the dimension right, while finding out that Trillian is a reporter for an inter-dimension & multi-time period news channel.  And Ford Prefect goes to the Guide's headquarters and finds out it's been taken over by a corporate giant that has developed a frighteningly new version of the Guide and mails it to Arthur just before his escape.  Ultimately all these treads end on Tricia's Earth through strange twist that might appear to be Random, but are a result of a bureaucratic need to check a box.

 

Throughout the entire story, Adams creates great situations and locations that seem to be the start of a story in themselves only to then quickly end them in an attempt to link them to another or each other like in the end of the book.  However, this just resulted in making the reader think "this story could be great if..." for over half the story and wish some characters had been around longer or even appear.  So much promise, but nothing to show for it.

 

2 1/2 STARS

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