This week I am reading:

 The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams

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“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This is my second time reading this wonderfully weird creation. A ‘trilogy of four’ Adams has created possibly the most unique piece of work that I’ve read; he is the king of oddity.
I have to be in a particular mood to get through this novel, if I’m not then it sweeps right over my head and I end up reading the same sentence three times.

The movie is probably more known than the book and while it certainly does justice to the strange and wondrous universe, there is nothing like reading the novel. There never is.

Centered around Arthur Dent, someone who’s never quite gotten the hang of Thursdays, and Ford Prefect, who knows of the impending apocalypse which they hash out at a local bar. As we journey into outer space with Dent and Prefect we encounter poetry loving Vogons, Babble fish and the president of the galaxy.

The highlight of this novel, for me, is without a doubt Marvin, the manically depressed robot.  He adds another dimension to the A.I. (artificial intelligence) within novels.

It’s an insane, mind warping ride but Don’t panic; it’s all going to be okay.

 “…on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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