The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, a review by Tanya

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams

Science Fiction
193 pages
Originally Published Oct 12, 1979 by Del Ray

I love Science Fiction.  Let me rephrase that. I WANT TO love Science Fiction. I’m so intrigued by the solar system, the moon, planets, space travel, etc.  But when I try to read Science Fiction I’m either confused by the crazy complex time travel, mind bending stories or I’m thinking how unrealistic it all is. 

I have heard people refer to Hitchhikers Guide all my life.  How funny and interesting it is.  I thought it was high time that I would pick up a Sci-Fi book and finally be able to say how great it is.

Let me also mention how I love to laugh.  I find myself very humorous (although my kids don’t) and I’ve been told I have a great sense of humor.  I even love things like Mr. Bean, Dumb and Dumber and Tommy Boy.  But I draw the line (hard line) at The Three Stooges. I guess my point is that I’m picky in my humor.

That leads me to this story.  Sigh.  I did not enjoy it.  I loved the thread of the story with the end of the world and the Arthur Dent/Ford Prefect storyline. But all of the side stories, the one-liner’s, the oddball comedy – it just didn’t keep my interest.  It felt like slapstick comedy to me which is clearly not my preference.

My two favorite things about this story are 1) the mice and 2) that it was short.

I think Simon Cowell and Ariana Grande said it best – “It’s a No for me” and “Thank you, next”



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