Seconds before 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 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 began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!
Now, I know that The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is like the Harry Potter books to some people. In the sense that it’s an old and firm favorite, a this-is-the-best-book-ever and if-you-haven’t-read-it-yet-have-you-been-living-under-a-rock book. Almost all the reviews online say how funny and humorous and genius it is.
Well, I’m sorry but I’m gonna have to be the weird one and say, ‘Umm, what? Funny? Genius? Not really.’
Don’t worry, I’ve got my bullet-proof vest on for all you guys ready to shoot at me with your Kill-o-Zap guns for uttering such blasphemy.
Perhaps it’s just not my type of humour? I’m pretty sure that should be the reason or else why would a gazillion of people feel like laughing out loud while reading this ‘masterpiece’? Or maybe, I’m sure there’s a name for this, I didn’t find it the least bit humorous because I went in expecting it to be belly-achingly funny! The book blurb sure sounded promising and so, call it silly or call it greedy, I decided to buy the entire series. Like, the whole tome named ‘The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy‘. Just to satisfy my urge to read a big, fat book. And since it’s five stories in one, I’ve decided to review each one separately as I go.
I don’t know guys, but I seriously did not find it funny from the get-go. A lot of the supposedly humorous parts seemed like it was trying to be funny just by being nonsensical. Although I did find some parts just a tad bit ticklish. But, if you were to take it as a sci-fi version of Alice In Wonderland for adults, minus its promise of great humour, then it’s a pretty good work. Half-way through the book I decided to read it without expectations of humour and I found it more enjoyable and came to appreciate it more. Douglas Adams managed to present his views and opinions of the world through the many nonsensical and weird things found peppered throughout the book. It’s the notion of not knowing what utterly absurd stuff and worldly ironies wrapped in weird analogies he’s going to spring on you next that keeps the reader wanting to know more.
Should I Get It?
Get it if:
- you find this kind of stuff funny:
‘Ford… you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.’
- you’re looking for something along the lines of Alice In Wonderland but in the sci-fi genre.
- you’re looking for an entertaining read.
Don’t get it if:
- you’re a serious person and don’t find silliness funny.
- you’re looking for hard-core sci-fi.
I’d recommend you read the first book in the collection, just to get a taste so that you can determine if you’d like to get the rest.