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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (A Trilogy in Four Parts) by Douglas Adams

“I come in peace…Take me to your lizard.”

It took me slightly longer to read this than other books because at the time I had other stuff happening at the same time and more often than not I wouldn’t read this book for long stretches of time, which was certainly a pity. However, I’m glad I’ve finished it.

The books in the trilogy focus on the adventures of Arthur Dent, an Englishman who sees his home and Earth destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. At over 500 pages the book is certainly meaty and yet it is saved from ignominy from its comedic thrust which is unrelenting. The presence of British wit is strong here as well.

However, while I really did enjoy the book, the later books within the trilogy weren’t as strong, both structurally and comedically, and as a result any comedic potential was lost in how ambling the later books were.

While the books were very comedic indeed, they also had a dry, observational wit which was refreshing to see because it wasn’t just a book based purely on sci-fi principles. If you’re looking for a book with a story, then avoid this book. Instead, just go along for the ride and enjoy the reading experience. You won’t be disappointed.

MY RATING: **** / *****

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One thought on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (A Trilogy in Four Parts) by Douglas Adams

  1. I read this book for the first time as a teenager, it was the first time I’d seen humorous science fiction. I thought scifi had to be all dour and serious. What a joy to read Douglas Adams! and unfortunately yes, the later books are no where near as good.

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