Book Review- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Friday, 16 November 2012
Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Publication Date: 1979
Publisher: Pan Books
Pages: 199
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Humour, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity — The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards, to make way for a new hypersapce bypass, and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON'T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begun...

This is probably one of the most famous sci-fi novels ever written, and after I watched the film with Martin Freeman and Zoey Deschanel, I couldn't wait to read the novel.
My favourite part of this novel was definitely the humour that ran through the novel. I was grinning my way through, and actually laughed out loud more than once! Adams' style of writing means everyone can get the jokes.
The plot revolves around our main character Arthur, and a bizarre day which involves having his house bulldozed down and being teleported onto a spaceship. Although the plot wasn't full of action, the humour of the novel, made up for this.
The characters are a really strong part of this novel, and the series in general. Arthur is a great main character, he reacts just how a normal person would react to the crazy situation he finds himself in. The rest of the characters in the novel are great too, Marvin the depressed robot is hilarious, and his sarcasm is really funny.
Basically this is just as good a novel as I hoped it would be, and didn't disappoint at all. I would recommend this novel if you enjoy sci-fi novels, but also if you just want a really funny, light read.


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