Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

After reading a variety of fluffy romance type novels while I worked on my dissertation (see: the first 8 books on this year’s list of 50), I finally read something substantial this past week. Something I’ve been meaning for years to read. In fact, I think I bought the book about 5 years ago.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I know, it’s surprising that I haven’t read it before now. In fact, I could even talk about it before I did read it, since my Dad loves it and I know what it’s about (and I saw the movie, of course).

My love for sci-fi is a fickle thing. I was a Trekkie as a kid. I had a phaser toy and figurines of the characters. I had a t-shirt that said Property of Starfleet Academy. I had a huge crush on Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher. In fact, I still remember a dream I had when I was kid of Wesley Crusher saving all the kids in my swimming class.

This being said, I’m picky about my sci-fi. This is mostly because science makes no sense to me. All the talk of physics and mechanics and time space type things hurts my head. However, I love the prominent dystopia theme in science fiction.

So, some of my favourite books are sci-fi: 1984, Brave New World, Breakfast of Champions. Last year I developed a love for Stargate and watched all ten seasons of SG-1 and five of Atlantis in about two months. Last month I watched the entire series of Firefly. And I really love them.

When I finally sat down to read Hitchhiker’s, I knew I was going to like it before reading even the first word. I loved the movie, even though many people seem to hate it (I have no taste in movies, this is a well-known fact). What I didn’t anticipate was how much I would enjoy it. And in what way.

Hitchhiker’s is a really intelligent book. It seems random at times, but it is so smart. The entire time I was reading it, I couldn’t help but think he’s so much smarter than me! The vocabulary is great. Douglas Adams knows how to use language in every possible way and take it to it’s limits. It’s what other writers only wish they could do.

The plot wasn’t as interesting as I would’ve liked, probably because I’d seen the movie already. But I kept reading for the style. It was so entertaining. Funny, random and thoughtful.

The copy I have includes all four books in the trilogy, so I’ll have to read the others soon as well.

4 Comments

  • By Wangari M., September 9, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    That book is on my reading list too.. only I’ve had my copy for a bit longer than five years (I think I have the same on you do with the other books included). I don’t really read that much sci-fi (I enjoy watching it - seen stargate movie,and series, firefly and have loved them all!!) I do however enjoy readin fantasy. A well constructed world and an engaging story = my cup of tea!

  • By Faebala, September 9, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    I never knew you hadn’t read this before! It was so long ago I read it, but I remember loving it for how strange, witty and intelligent it was although not the most riveting book. I’ve never ready any of the others though I’ve always wanted to.

  • By Eleni, September 10, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    I’ve only read the first book, and I read it just three or four years ago. It’s really well written, very snappy and fun. Tell me if the sequels are worth reading, too.

    Yay for Firefly!

  • By Shaun Mcalister, October 31, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    How on Earth did I miss this post?!
    I’m glad you finally got round to reading it at last. I don’t know how available they are in Canada but if you can you should really get hold of the radio series that the book is based on. Having a full cast with sound effects brings it to a whole new level.
    Oh and there and now 6 H2G2 books with the last one written by Epin Colfer.
    And maybe after you have managed all that you could try Douglas Adams other two book series about Dirk Gently…

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