Posted by: aikara2 | December 1, 2011

“Don’t Panic”

To put it simply, Douglas Adams mixes aliens with Englishmen, adds a cupful of arithmetic and serves it in a bowl labeled “comedy”. The aptly titled The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first book in the extremely popular series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Originally a radio comedy, the series quickly gained much success in its home country of the UK and was met with international acclaim.

The story kicks off with a big bang as Arthur Dent, an ordinary Englishman, hears some worrying news from his friend: Earth is going to be destroyed. The friend, Ford Perfect, the alien editor for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (a  guide for hitchhikers, its notable feature being the words “Don’t Panic” printed on the cover in large, friendly letters), gets them off the planet just before the destruction by hitching a ride from some aliens.  The pair are soon ejected into space, only to be rescued by the Heart of Gold, a space cruiser that was stolen and is manned by Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Galaxy, his girlfriend Trillian, an earthling, and Marvin the Paranoid Android, a paranoid android. The story follows the group as Zaphod forcibly leads them on a mission to find Magrathea, the “most improbable planet that ever existed”.

This book is hilarious and I personally enjoyed reading it. The entire story is littered with nonsense and English grammar. This book is actually the very book that sparked my love for the English use of words, such as “fetchingly redesigned”. Several breaks from the main plot are filled with pure ridiculousness, such as how dolphins managed to escape Earth before its destruction by their own means or how mice are the ones who made the Earth. Those of you who like the humor in Harry Potter and are fond of good old nerdy sci-fi fiction, like me, this is the book for you. But those who are into serious, manly, laser-blazing space action and cannot stand people who can’t seem to take anything seriously, this is NOT the best book to read

I don’t really think this book is a sort of inspiring, life-changing book. Instead of being an inspiration, I think that this book is simply a book to enjoy on one those long hot summer days or the cold winter nights when you don’t feel like getting out of bed.


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