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Title The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Author Douglas Adams
Cover Art Various
Publisher Pan Books - 1979
First Printing Pan Books - 1979
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Title The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Author Douglas Adams
Cover Art Garry Ruddell
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2000
First Printing - 1980
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Title Life, the Universe and Everything
Author Douglas Adams
Cover Art Garry Ruddell
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2000
First Printing - 1982
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Title So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Author Douglas Adams
Cover Art Garry Ruddell
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2000
First Printing - 1984
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Title Mostly Harmless
Author Douglas Adams
Cover Art Garry Ruddell
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2000
First Printing - 1992
Category Science Fiction / Humour
Warnings None
Main Characters Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, Marvin
Main Elements Aliens, robots
Website DouglasAdams.com




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Some people say that this book has changed their lives. I am not one of those people. I wouldn't even say that I particularly liked the series. But if I take the book as a collection of funny quotes and insightful comments, then yes, I did enjoy it after a fashion. There were moments when I laughed and moments when I went "Ewww, gross!" and moments that makes one question the meaning of life. After all, that is the question...or is it? In the end, that's what the story is all about.

But, regardless of my less than exciting review, you simply HAVE to read the first book in the trilogy of four...or is that five? If you want to know why everyone things 42 is such a great number, then you got to pick up this book. And "Don't Panic", it's short, you can read it in a day or two. And then, if you're on a roll, you can read the remaning four in no time at all.

I think the first book is the best of the set, but if you can make it to the end of the five, I'd say that ending is worth getting to. It may be a little unexepected, and yet at the same time not, and was completely appropriate.

Oh, and whatever you do, don't forget your towel.


The Movie

So I decided, what the heck, might as well see the movie with some friends. It starts off...interesting...to say the least. I had both eyebrows raised at the sight of the singing dolphins during the opening credits. Yes, the book the movie was based on was weird, but not that weird...ok, maybe it was that weird, but it was stranger to see it on the big screen than in my imagination.

I thought to myself that this movie was going to be weird, but in a bad way. I was mostly wrong. It vaguely followed the plot of the novel, making a couple of major detours along the way, whole scenes are to be found only in the movie and nowhere in the trilogy. But there were some truly funny scenes, like where Arthur and Ford get turned into a pair of sofas.

Though I hadn't pictured Ford as black, and they had to get around Zaphod's two heads and extra arm in a creative (and rather disturbing) way, I began to accept them as my new mental image of the characters. I still think Marvin should have been metallic, but he was so adorable I could forgive them for that oversight. Alan Rickman was absolutely perfect as the voice of the depressed robot, he simply couldn't have sounded more depressing. In my opinion it was the best played character.

I prefered reading the book. It was written in such a way that it wasn't so much driven by a plot as it was a collection of thought provoking statements and ridiculous scenarios that were meant to be read and processed in one's own mind, rather than on the big screen. And UGH! I know the Vorlons were supposed to be ugly but the Babel Fish!!!! Ick, I'd never stick a thing like that in my ear. Yucky. And it was huge!

So it might be worth a rent if you like the books, but perhaps not if you're a diehard fan that has it memorized word-for-word. But then, if you are truly such a diehard fan, you'll know that the radio show, TV series, novel trilogy, computer game, etc... got changed every step of the way, so why not once more.




Posted: April 2006

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