I know I have been reviewing a lot of science fiction books lately and that trend is going to continue with The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam. The trilogy is one of the best space and travel books out there with a lot of humor to keep you entertained.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Summary
The title of the novel comes from a book that is carried by Ford Prefect, the protagonist. Ford is an alien researcher traveling around the galaxy to update the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy encyclopedia. It is a book that has information on every planet. Ford saves his friend Arthur Dent when Earth is destroyed and that is the beginning of the journey for Arthur, Ford and a couple of other characters.
The book was originally a radio show in 1978 that was released in parts by Douglas Adams. After having great success on the radio, he went on to release the novels and the first one was released in 1979 and went on to move over 250,000 copies within the first three months of its release. Video games, movies and a bunch of stage adaptions were released in the following years.
What makes this book and the overall series a great read is the crazy ideas flying around that don’t seem to make any sense. Adams does a great job of having a fun relaxing attitude in the novel even when Earth is destroyed. The comedic timing is great an d the wide cast of characters are used well to make the audience laugh. And let’s not forget the overall plot that doesn’t take itself seriously at all.
When I first picked up this novel, I did not know that I was going to be laughing a lot. The comedy bits and the overall plot are hilarious and well executed. Adams does his own thing and lets everything play out and it pays off as the reader. Nothing seems to wacky and he keeps on delivering jokes after jokes.
Yes, this is a sci-fi novel and tackles a lot of common tropes. But you forget all of that with everything happening in the novel. Adams first goal is to make the reader laugh and that keeps the reader invested in his comedy disguised as a sci-fi novel. One of the best novels I have ever read and I keep thinking about it from time to time.