Wednesday, June 10

Book Review: Life, the Universe and Everything

Title: Life, the Universe and Everything

Author: Douglas Adams

Pages: 199

Summary: The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads - so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goals of annihilation. They are Arthur Dent, a mild mannered space and time traveller, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behaviour; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say, that out of the three books I have read from this series, this was a bit of a miss for me. Still a really funny and enjoyable read, but just not as good as the other two. But something was missing, maybe it was the lack of Marvin, barley being in the story, but there just seemed to be something missing. It was still a funny read, some of my favourite parts included poor Arthur coming face to face with his arch nemesis, Marvin having a conversation with a mattress (which was hilarious and odd, at the same time) and as usual, trying to save the universe from some horrible catastrophe and ending due to the Krikkits.

I also found the ending to be lacking a bit, maybe it continues on more in the end, but there seemed to me to be more of a build up to it, then nothing. Hmm. Don’t be turned off the series by reading this book, it was no way bad or boring, it just didn’t have that same sparkle as the other book in the series (that I’ve read so far) had.

Would I recommend it to read: I would still recommend the book, as it is essential to read in the series, and still has some funny parts in it that is sure to have you laugh out loud, but just not as good as the others. It might be because I've read the 2nd and 3rd book back to back, so I was use to the funny plot holes, lines and explanations. Still go out and read it (or save the whole series for the next readers marathon, its sure to help keep you awake during the wee hours in the mornings.)

What to read next: So Long, and Thanks for the Fish, Mostly Harmless, Princess Bride (because the satire story genre reminds me of it)

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  1. I still haven't read any of the books in this series, but some of the plot points that you talk about make me think I would really enjoy it. My husband has a collection called The Complete Hitchhiker, so I think I will do a little searching around the shelves and dig it out. Thanks for the entertaining review!

  2. I enjoyed the entire trilogy, all 5 books. They make me laugh. Great reviews!