The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

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  1. Ian S. Says:

    Summary:
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy By Douglas Adams opens on a typical Thursday for Arthur Dent, or so he believes. However, it quickly transforms into something quite extraordinary when he discovers that his best friend is an alien from a planet in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, and his house and home are about to be demolished to make a path for an express route through the galaxy. He and his alien friend, Ford, make their way onto a Vogonian ship, being saved from the fate the Earth suffered. They are soon discovered and ejected from the ship. Just before they asphyxiate from the lack of oxygen, they are accidentally picked up by the Heart of Gold, the only ship currently running on an improbability drive, which just so happens to be piloted by the President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and his human companion whom Arthur had once met at a party. They then go on to rediscover the lost planet of Magrathea and to discover the true meaning of existence and of the lately deceased Earth.

    Evaluation:
    This is one of my favorite books that every couple of years or so must be reread. This is a book that you can’t set down the first time you pick it up, or the second, or the third, and so on. Each time I delve into its pages, I discover something new that I had never quite latched onto before. It never ceases to surprise one and make them burst out with laughter. If you like the always sharp wit of many British writers, you will find this book incredibly satisfying.

  2. Wilson H. Says:

    Arthur Dent has so far lived the boring life of a boring brit doing a boring job and just embodying everything boring. That is, until the world starts trying to destroy his home, quite redundantly. The inevitable mischief that follows is a myriad of crazy, inventive plot eccentricities that never fails to leave you baffled beyond understanding. And that’s just the first chapter.

    Strictly speaking, this isn’t a traditional novel. There isn’t any coherency what so ever, and trying to dissect it is like trying to recreate Frankenstein’s monster. The best way to read this book is to stay calm and DON’T PANIC. You should just relax and enjoy the ride, and not ponder the physics of the ride. Overall, an interesting, if inscrutable, read.

    Rating: 4/5 stars

    Recommendations:
    Alex Rider series
    any short stories by Edgar Allen Poe
    The Tempest by William Shakespeare

  3. Kenric A-N. Says:

    Summary: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a humorous science-fiction story about a British man named Arthur Dent and his adventures throughout the Galaxy after his home planet, Earth, is destroyed in order for a hyperspatial express route to be built. He is joined by his friend Ford Prefect, an alien who comes from the Betelgeuse system, Zaphod Beeblebrox the president of the Galaxy, and a girl he rather admires, Trish. Zaphod has plans of finding the lost planet of Magrathea and the treasure it holds. While all that Arthur wants to do is find a way of getting his planet and his old life back. Along the way they discover the meaning of life and the truth behind Earth’s and humans’ existence.

    Comments: This book is one of the funniest ones I have ever read; its sense of humor is sharp, witty, and sometimes just plain bizarre. Although some people might get slightly confused with its vocabulary of very large words and habit of explaining alien creatures and customs. Fortunately, though, the book is easy to read and understand at most times and is fairly short compared to other science-fictions. Overall, it’s a great read and I highly recommend it to nerds looking for a good laugh.

    Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

    Recommendations: War of the Worlds, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe, and Everything

  4. Christian B. Says:

    Summary: Arthur Dent finds himself whisked off earth just before it is blown up, saved by his alien friend, Ford Prefect. The two of them are then kicked off the ship they are hitchhiking in, but just as they are about to die in space, they are picked up by another ship, against all odds. Ford and Arthur then find that the President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox, is the captain of the ship, and he has just stolen it. This ship has an improbability drive, which does random things at random times, and makes their ship the fastest in the galaxy. The President, and the two friends, along with the President’s friends, are in search of an ancient planet that is said to be extinct. They find it, and Arthur finds that the rulers of the earth were mice, and that the earth was actually a master computer that had been built on this “extinct” planet.

    Evaluation: First of all, this was a very random and far-fetched book. It was full of surprises and random events which at first didn’t make sense but then come together into pieces once you read more. It was very interesting, exciting, and fast-paced. There was never a part in the book where I was disinterested, this book will have you wanting to read page after page after page until you finish it. It is a fairly short book. All in all, I enjoyed it.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Life, The Universe, and Everything Else-(sequel), Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games

  5. Sarah H. Says:

    Summary: Arthur Dent, a perfectly normal human being, is whisked away from earth seconds before it’s destroyed. The person responsible is his thought-to-be-human friend, Ford Prefect. They begin travelling the universe searching for information to update the latest draft of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Along the way they find Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and the depressed and depressing robot, Marvin.

    Evaluation: I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s relatively short, easy to follow, interesting, and, above all, funny.

    Rating: 4 stars. Not the most incredible work of fiction, but definitely worth reading.

    Recommendations: Looking for Alaska, The Help, Maximum Ride

  6. Anna C. Says:

    Summary: Computers with personalities? Depressed robots? Aliens who can’t write decent poetry to save their lives? Find all this and more in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! Arthur Dent is a fairly normal Earthman, best friends with a fairly normal alien: Ford Prefect. One day, the Earth is destroyed, but unaffected by this trivial event, Ford and Arthur hitch a ride on the destroyers’ spaceship. Guided by, and constantly editing, the Hitchhiker’s Guide, the duo meet the president, talk to mice, and much much more.

    Evaluation: Some people just don’t enjoy British humor, but I found this book hilarious. I can’t even figure out how to describe it. The author throws in bits of randomness, to explain the suspense and questions of the universe. SPOILER ALERT: 42.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

    Suggestions: The Hunger Games; Maximum Ride series; The Fault in Our Stars.

  7. Jordan V. Says:

    Summary:
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a hilarious book about Arthur Dent who is saved by his alien friend Ford Perfect who beams Arthur and himself up to a Vorgon spaceship. Inhabited by a disgusting evil race of unpoetic Vorgons. They are then tortured with poetry and thrown into deep space where they are saved by Zaphod Beetlebox in a stolen space ship, which contains a depressed robot named Marvin and a human named Trillian who are searching for a legendary plant named Margrathea that makes luxury plants.

    Evaluation:
    I found this book very funny though some of the jokes are a little bit dated. This book constantly touches bureaucracy, the worth of answers without questions, improbability, and other higher level ideas under the humor. All in all this is an extremely satisfying book.

    Rating: 4.5/5

    Recommendations:
    The Restaurant at The End of the Universe,
    Mostly Harmless;
    Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams.

  8. Rees K. Says:

    Arthur Dent is a normal human being living in England when all of the sudden his planet is demolished by a mean species of aliens called vogons. Arthur is saved just in time by his long time friend Ford Perfect who is, you guessed it, an alien. Arthur and Ford hitch a ride on a vogon ship at the last minute but are not safe for long. They were soon ejected from the ship after listening to some horrible poetry and saved from deep space with one second to spare by Zaphod Beeblebrox the delinquent president of the galaxy. They then embark on a mission to find the mysterious planet of Magrathea and the secrets of the universe…

    This was a very fun book to read. The content was funny and semi-challenging but not too much so. I struggled to put it down, and I highly recommend it.

    I give this book Five stars.

    Some other books I strongly recommend are: The Artemis Fowl series and Wolf Brother.

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