This week on Wee Bit Wordy’s Book Corner, we’re giving you a double-sized special! That’s right–not one, but 2 books, and they are none other than book’s 3 and 4 in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series! So without further ado, let’s go:
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 goal of total annihilation.
They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler 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 behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galaxy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.
How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert universal Armageddon and save life as we know it and don’t know it!
These books are nothing but great fun to read! I loved these books from start to finish, and while Life, the Universe and Everything was a bit slow paced, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish certainly made up for it! Having read the first two books, and seen the movie of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, just like The Hobbit, I couldn’t help but picture Arthur Dent and Co. as the actors that played their respective roles.
With only one book left to read in the trilogy of five, I can safely say that this series of books is a must for all sci fi lovers! Douglas Adams has a brilliant ability to be able to draw you in to these characters and laugh and chuckle at their misadventures in space!
These are the first books I have ever read by the great Douglas Adams, but rest assured, I shall be venturing out to read the other works he has created, with the hopes that they are as brilliant and hilarious and zany as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books!
While Life, the Universe and Everything sees us near the end of Arthur’s space adventures, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish sees Arthur back on Earth and coping with normality once again–or is he???
Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth’s dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on. . . .
God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it’s light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?
Next week on WBW Book Corner, I shall be reviewing something a little different: “Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman!