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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Author: Douglas Adams
Originally Published: 1979
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first book in a series of the same name by Douglas Adams. Our hero, Arthur, wakes up one Thursday morning to discover that his home (both his house and his planet) is about to be distroyed in order to create an expressway. We discover that Arthur’s friend Ford is actually an alien who manages to hitch a ride for himself and Arthur on the ship of the aliens that are blowing up the planet.

It’s about time that I finally got around to reading this book; I’ve only been meaning to read it for years now. It certainly wasn’t what I expected, even having seen the movie. I don’t think I expected it to be so funny and yet so … random. Yes, random would be a good way to describe it. There were times I had a harder time following the progression from one point of the story to another. But it was enjoyable, and like I said, quite funny.

The only real “problem” (and I use that term loosely) I had with seeing this movie before reading the book, is that every time I read what Marvin says, all I can hear is Alan Rickman’s voice in my head. Not that that’s a horribly bad thing, it’s just awfully distracting at times. I’m not sure whether it’s because of Alan Rickman’s voice or not, but Marvin quickly became my favourite character in the book.

It’s refreshing to read a scifi book that has a humorous way of looking at life in outer-space. Most of it is so serious, and sometimes disturbing, even if this does bring up a few points that makes you wonder. You know, why are we here, and are we really just the product of a computer program? ;)

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 12:00 pm January 15, 2006.
Category: Speculative Fiction
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  • rachel

    and please remember to keep your towel with you at all times! :)