Book Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxySaturday, January 12, 2013
Well...I just finished reading the strangest book I've ever read. Yes, it was a very good book with a whimsical, unique writing style - but at the same time, I've never been so bewildered by a plot in my life.
The story begins with the clumsy, unsettlingly normal Arthur Dent who is saved by his friend Ford Prefect just seconds before earth is demolished to create a galactic freeway. In truth, Prefect is a researcher for the newly revised Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together, they roam the galaxy with an unforgettable motley crew, including the president of the galaxy who has two heads and a clinically depressed robot named Marvin. Along the way, they escape from the torture of alien poetry, meet the man who designed Norway, find themselves interrogated by the smartest creatures in the universe....mice....All while searching for the question to the answer 42!
If you want an enjoyable, witty read, I recommend that you pick up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Adams' expertise of taking a simple concept and giving it a new meaning is what has secured his book as one of the most exceptional science fiction novels of the twentieth century.
I definitely give if 5 stars for ingenuity. :)