Book Club: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Whenever my best friend Jen offers to do a book review for the blog, I almost immediately say "yes!" I've mentioned this before but Jen's day job is a librarian and she always has the most interesting book recommendations and I'm delighted that she's going to share her views on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I hope you all enjoy it!
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a five novel series published in 1979 that reads like a piece contemporary literature. I've read this book many times over years and I always enjoy coming back to it.

The plot: “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 (Goodreads)."

In my experience reading science fiction is often hit or miss; some books are so imaginative and well written they stick in my mind for weeks after reading. Others feel like a chore to read and seems to have a disconnect between the author’s imagination and what’s on the page. In my opinion The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy is a book that was ahead of its time, smart, engrossing, and just plain funny. 

In fantasy and sci-fi novels, the authors often have mythologies, histories, and unique environments to introduce to the reader. This book is unique in that Adams uses The Guide to acquaint the reader with the framework of the Galaxy.

I don't think I would be mistaken if I claimed Adams was a genius. He wrote about eBooks, touch screens, space travel, and so much more. Before Adams wrote this book, he presented it as a radio program, and then he worked as a scripted editor for Doctor, then presented the manuscript to the publishers Pan Books. While it is not uncommon for authors to predict reality in their science fiction, Adams seemed to have set a precedent.

You may remember the movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, starring Martin Freeman, released in 2005. Personally think the movie holds up pretty well in comparison to the book.  I do understand some of the rage people have for book-to-movie adaptations, but I do believe this on the few adaptations that did it well-enough (I say “well-enough,” because directors, producers, or whomever will always end up changing something and its impossible create a perfect adaptation). There are definitely a few changes but the plot and essence of the story is upheld, which could be because Adams wrote the latest version of script himself.

The number 42 will never be the same again.

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Some interesting things on social media:

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman

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35 Things We Learned from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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8 comments

  1. I can't believe I haven't read this one yet...and I'm a big SF fan. I have to read it asap...lovely review btw<3

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  2. This book sounds awesome!
    Happy Tuesday, doll!

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  3. Love your book review, hope to see you soon on my blog

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  4. I've never read the book but I watched the movie with Zooey Deschanel. I didn't like the protagonist Arthur (but maybe this is due to the actor...). Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Dear Deborah, normally I'm not a huge fan of sience fiction, but this books sounds indeed as it's worth to read! Thanks for sharing, thanks to Jen :) I wish you a happy end of this year and only the best for 2015! I want to thank you for your true visits and that you always leave so lovely and interesting comments. I'm really looking forward to our exchange in 2015!

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