Saturday, 23 February 2013

Life, the Universe and Everything [Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy #3] - Douglas Adams



Synopsis

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 white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total 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 vicepresident 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.

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!

Review 
 
There is something deeply contradicting about this book. First it made more chronological sense, there was a clear antagonist and an aim to the plot rather than having the characters wonder aimlessly through the galaxy which I am sure is a worthwhile venture. The contradiction emerged when you realise that the fact that there is an aim to the plot does not help the book make any real sense. In fact this book has people throwing themselves at the ground and missing, in other words flying as if by magic and meeting gods in random parties, seriously Thor is in this one.  


To be honest I am not sure about the random moments of Magic which is a statement I thought I would never have to make but part of me believes that the Galaxy as created by Adams is fantastic enough without magical involvements, not that I would say that if I ever met Thor in a party.
  

 
In this book the four who have been split apart more and more throughout this installment have to save the galaxy, a slightly typical aim for any hero of a story with added exaggeration from Mr Adams of course which really does make all the deference.  The gang have to save the galaxy from some ‘’charming, delightful, intelligent, whimsical, manic xenophobes’’ who have been sealed in a time envelop for obvious reasons whose robots are out to open the said envelop to release their master and with it the total destruction of the galaxy.

As I have mentioned before the characters have been split up a lot in this book. At the start of the story Arthur and Ford are stuck in prehistoric Earth while Trillian and Zaphod are somewhere in space suffering through Zaphod’s lack of aim in life. While this created some interesting moments in which Arthur made intelligent comments and acted more like his own man rather than a dumb struck Neanderthal from Essex however the group dynamic did suffer over this. There was no fun over Arthur’s or Marvin’s expense, at least not enough to satisfy me. However it should be mentioned that I devoured this book in less than a day therefore I must have enjoyed it immensely.

I give this book 4 out of 5 cupcakes.




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