The first three books in the Hitchhiker s Trilogy The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything are inspired lunacy The ideas, plots, puns, jokes, and phrases that fill their pages have influenced an entire generation of not only writers, but people from all fields For instance the Babel Fish software that translates foreign websites for you is named after a species of fish that Adams created in book one you can find dozens of recipes online for Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters the chess computer Deep Thought that lost two matches to Gary Kasparov in 1989 was named after a computer in book one and seriously, who hasn t heard that the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42 Forof these, consult wikipedia.
org s entry on The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Cultural References Chances are, if you re reading these books for the first time, you ll be surprised to see how many everyday things were named after Adams creations.
The books aren t, of course, without their problems Adams himself admitted that the Trilogy had, and I paraphrase, a long beginning, a long conclusion, and not much in the middle though I can t remember where I read that He was also regularly accused of writing for the sake of cranking out one liners The books as a whole jump about like a manic puppy on methamphetamines, and there are at least a few jokes in there that will completely fly over the heads of any readers who lack a basic comprehension of quantum physics Despite this, the Hitchhiker s Trilogy remains as the single most entertaining and enjoyable series of books I ve ever read a position they ve occupied for some fifteen years Adams wit and wisdom still baffle me in their greatness, and he remains to this day one of only two authors who can regularly, consistently make me howl with laughter the other being Terry Pratchett Readers beware if the Adams bug infects you, you will have it for life And you ll never be sorry you let it bite.
What does Kim Jong Il, a thong wearing mechanic and this missing link furry fellow have to do with The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy you owe it to yourself and your family to find out With the plethora of wonderful reviews already written for this book by my fellow GRs, I decided instead to provide some helpful, practical advice on why reading this book might benefit my fellow goodreaders Therefore, as both life management tool and a safety warning, I have compiled my Top 5 Reasons Why You Should read Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy .
Number 5 It s a pleasant diversion to keep your mind occupied and pass the time while you are getting electrolysis to remove those areas patches blankets of unwanted hair Yikes, somebody please get that man a Klondike Bar Number 4 The book is smart, funny, well written and full of wonderful commentary on the human condition and clever humorThe ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don t You know, said Arthur, it s at times like this, when I m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I d listened to what my mother told me when I was young Why, what did she tell you I don t know, I didn t listen Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mindboggingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non existence of God The argument goes something like this I refuse to prove that I exist, says God, for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing But, says Man, The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn t it It could not have evolved by chance It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don t QED Oh dear, says God, I hadn t thought of that, and promptly vanished in a puff of logic For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he wasintelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much the wheel, New York, wars and so on whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were farintelligent than man for precisely the same reasons Ah, said Arthur, this is obviously some strange usage of the word safe that I wasn t previously aware ofNumber 3 This gentleman DOES NOT appear in the book Seriously, isn t the absence of thong boy reason enough to give this book a chance Number 2 North Korea s Kim Jong il hates this book and the enemy of my enemy is my friend And finally.
Number 1 Understanding the deep, nuanced meaning at the heart of this novel will help better prepare you should you ever find yourself in a situation like this Don t wait until it s too late for yourself and your loved ones, read The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy today If through sharing the above bit of meaningless nonsense wisdom, I have i introduced someone to a worthwhile read, or ii provided a means of dealing with the agonizing pain of having chunks of fur ripped from their body, or iii shown people a picture of a man in a thong changing a tire, or iv pissed off a despotic assclown, or v simply provided a safety tip regarding avoiding unsolicited sexual advances in the guise of impromptu gift giving, than I feel I have accomplished something I only did this because I had a collection of funny pics and couldn t figure out what else to do with them so I bootstrapped them in to a review I care.
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I think that one of the things that one has to keep in mind while reading this book is that it was written in 1979 Having this important factor in perspective, it s quite astonishing the vision of Douglas Adams, the author, presenting a lot of visionary elements, starting with the very book inside the book , I mean The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, since it s presented as an electronic book which now it s a very common way to read a lot of books now Also, he mentioned stuff like touch sensitive screens that yet again, it s now something introduced in our daily lives Science Fiction, the good science fiction is defined by being visionary in the moment to be published and a fact, years later Just like Verne s work predicting events like space rockets and nuclear submarines The President of the Universe holds no real power His sole purpose is to take attention away from where the power truly exists Obviously, beside the mesmering tecnology stuff that he predicted, the signature style here is his remarkable sense of humor, SMART sense of humor In literature and pop culture in general, there were been unforgettable examples of computers like the cold HAL from 2001 A Space Odyssey and the noble K.
T from Knight Rider, also robots like the loyal R2 D2 from Star Wars and the logical robots from I, Robot short story collection However, nothing of that can prepare you to the experience of meeting Eddie , the Main Computer of the Heart of Gold spaceship or Marvin, the Paranoid Android This is one of the best traits of Douglas Adams wit in the development of artificial intelligence I wasn t surprised since some months ago, I read Shada by Gareth Roberts but based on the Doctor Who s unaired script written by Douglas Adams where you find another priceless example of a computer with a personality that only Adams is able to develop You laugh and laugh with them BUT not only because they s funny but also they are truly logical as artifical intelligences in their way to react to situations Adams impact of how presenting artificial intelligence can be found too in another novel of Doctor Who, Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris, where the author showed how well he learned Adams lessons Resistance is uselessI believe that Douglas Adams involvement in the production of the iconic British sci fi TV series Doctor Who as script editor and writer of three stories, it was fated since I found remarkable similarities on the premises of both works, this novel and the TV series Both has a peculiar fellow who stole certain machine and along with companions is travelling around So, it wouldn t a surprise that he got some inspiration since Doctor Who was widely known since 1963 specially on its native country, England Of course, his participation on another British TV institution like Monty Python s Flying Circus was a relevant point for Adams to explode his humoristic potential To boldly split infinitives that no man had split before It s possible that people unfamiliar with Adams work could think that since this is a novel with comedy, they could think that it can t be a serious science fiction book However, the brilliance of this novel is its capacity of offering smart humor while using scientific concepts like the theory of faster than light objects Even you won t be able to fight against his priceless explanation behind the UFOs sightings.
Without spoiling anything, I think that my only reason of getting off a star in my rating of this great novel was its lacking a proper closure I understand that this the first book in a trilogy of five books yes, you read correctly, it wasn t a mistake so the adventures and mysteries will continue in the second book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe However, it was quite unsettling when you are having the time of your life reading it and the book just stopped to have words I describe it like that since I didn t feel an ending It was indeed just like the impossibility of not findingwords in the book What I can give to Adams is that that was quite improbable but in my opinion, quite unlikely way to just ending this book Certainly I want to read the rest of this great TRILOGY of FIVE books Yes, yet again, you read well, and it isn t a mistake
Unfortunately this book wasn t for me Some of the humor I liked but it was too absurd for me and it was too slow to really start.
I wish I had liked it as much as everyone else but it definitely didn t make it to my favorite books of all time list UPDATE I finally figured out what was my issue with this book There s a French movie called Rrrrrrr similar humour to Monty Pyton and I ve had wayfun using the jokes out of context with friends than I did actually watching the movie Recommending it was always a bit weird because it s just an okay movie but the jokes are funny afterwards This summarizes exactly how I feel about this book The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy 1 , Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams The broad narrative of Hitchhiker follows the misadventures of the last surviving man, Arthur Dent, following the demolition of the planet Earth by a Vogon constructor fleet to make way for a hyperspace bypass 2016 1386 207 9789647822336 20 1394 205 9786002292902 2001 2009 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 ActorTogether 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 What can I say I wish I had been in the movie, although it was bad and I guess I should be happy about NOT being in it.
I hated this book It was required in one of my English Lit classes in college The time spent reading this book is time that I will never get back I think this book may have shortened my life it was such a waste of time.