Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Released: 1979

Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is probably one of the most ridiculous, most goofy books I have read in ages. It was so random to the point where random events (such as crashing into a sperm whale in outer space) just weren't funny anymore.

A young man named Arthur Dent leaves Earth with his friend and galaxy-born traveler Ford Prefect before Earth undergoes a type of apocalypse. In a nutshell, both men get picked up by a spaceship and encounter other random, weird events.

At first, before Earth "ended", I thought the book was comical and would be lots of fun; but once Arthur and Ford were catapulted into outer space, the storyline just became super nerdy. The humor was dorky and I had an extremely difficult time trying to find anything funny in it. The only reason I stuck with the book because it was only 142 pages long. In fact, the only interesting parts were Adams' explanations on why dolphins and mice were superior to the human race.

Maybe some hard-core nerds out there will love this book. I certainly won't be picking up the sequels.

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