Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy A Trilogy in Five Parts - Douglas Adams

Omnibus of the trilogy in five of the series that trails off from brilliant to mediocre. Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy : The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy : The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy : Life the Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy : So Long and Thanks for All the Fish - Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy : Mostly Harmless - Douglas Adams You need an up to date travel guide, and a towel. A really cool spaceship can't hurt, either. Other things that you should take note of are carefully hidden planning documents. Run away from alien poetry, and if you have any machines that talk, then hopefully it was someone else that paid for them. Otherwise, you should ask for your money back. Some glue plate mouse traps work best, too, I think, from experience. Really bloody funny. 5 out of 5 Meat isn't murder if it likes it, and loud music nearby can be bad for real estate a well as for the prices. Also, even the biggest and most expensive computer projects are easy to screw up, right up until the end. Anyway, the sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is almost as enjoyable as the first book, which is a fairly impressive achievement. 4 out of 5 Throw yourself at the ground and miss. If you can't, don't whine about it. Unfortunately the third Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book is nowhere near as entertaining as the first two installments. The tone of it changes considerably to somewhat this side of maudlin, apart from the odd entertaining piece like the flying, and insulting the galaxy in order, or a bit of Clockwork Orange inspired cricket. 3 out of 5 Dolphins are smarter than mice. Smarter than us, too, it seems, given we have delved into the fourth book of a trilogy. In this case, you can say about this book pretty much the same thing that was said about the last one. It is different in tone to the two that are actually good, and although there are a few decent gags like the rain god thing, in general, it is a bit dull. 3 out of 5 Multiple planet waxings are dull. Or, why the hell did we read this book. Ok, the answer to that one is obvious, but anyway, this one can happily be avoided and you aren't missing anything. Even the potential best amusing bits aren't really, with Ford's corporate masters, and Arthur, yet again on Earth putting up with some very strange new behaviour by the people there. 2.5 3 out of 5

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