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Book Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1) - by Douglas Adams

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Summary from goodreads: Seconds before the 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 begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The premise of this book is nonsense. And to be honest, it's the best nonsense you may ever read.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a sci-fi/fantasy novel you'll either love or loathe. It's an extremely nerdy book, if you will, and its humor really isn't for everyone. But there are aspects to this work that should be appreciated all the same. For example, although The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is more plot (and comedy) driven than it is character driven, the author did not sacrifice the dynamics of said characters and allowed them to have distinct personalities that made the book all the more enjoyable. On top of that, it's innovative (even though that should go without saying).

One thing that should be noted about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is that despite its screwball humor, its jokes can be understood and applied years and centuries from now. To better understand this, while and if you read this look out for the  dialogue between two cops and Zaphod & Company. However, with all its jokes and all its sarcasm, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is good-natured and unproblematic; something that really can't be said for many novels.

As for the characters that were previously mentioned, they all have prominent and unique personalities which were somewhat unnecessary but wholly appreciated. Although the characters did not grow in the first book of this series, it is easy to see that they all have room for development which is something to look forward to.

With all this being said, the book did not come without its subjective faults. Aside from the humor that might not be to every reader's taste, the layout and transitioning of the book most probably has the same effect. There is always something happening to the characters, however considering the novel as a whole, the book is not necessarily fast paced. Another criticism that could be made about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is that the author's personality shines more  than the plot.

All in all, even though this book is not for everyone, if you have the patience and the right mindset, a lot of people will enjoy this book as many already have.

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