by Douglas Adams

Reviewer Rating:


I never read science fiction but The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is so revered as a classic of the genre that I figured I couldn't go wrong with this pick.  For those who haven't read it yet, the premise of the book is that the Earth is destroyed by beings from another planet, and just seconds before destruction, Englishman Arthur Dent and his neighbor Ford Prefect, a galaxy-traveling hitchhiker from Betelgeuse, get picked up by the destroying spacecraft.  From this point on, the duo meander from one spaceship to the next, encountering beings they've known from other places in situations that defy probability, and generally making silly jokes.

The novel is short (just over 200 pages) but I had an awful time slogging through it.  The plot was all over the place and I had a hard time remembering where the characters were and how they got there from chapter to chapter.  Sci-fi fans would surely get something out of this, but for me it was a surprising disappointment.


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