I've only read the first book for a start and i must say that i'm pretty underwhelmed. It's not only quite short but also far more straightforward tha...moreI've only read the first book for a start and i must say that i'm pretty underwhelmed. It's not only quite short but also far more straightforward than the movie which most of the book fans always called shallow and not very good. But i seem to like the widened story of the movie far more than the original.
That said... it was from time to time really funny and i'm in general a fan of extensive footnotes, but then... nothing really happened throughout the pages. It's a nice little walk through the universe, but nothing you couldn't see or hear or read otherwhere far better put even humorously. The best thing with the book is that Adams likes his continuity well set and he prepares hints for his storyarc throughout the whole happening, so that in consequence the look back does not look half as bare as the first read through ;)
Nonetheless i'm still thrilled to find out what he put into the other four books and if i will like them more.
Edit 1: So the second part is read and well, i'm still not overjoyed about it. Okay, the story progressed, and there were a lot of funny moments, but it all seems so unaligned, so chaotic, so driven by coincidence that i can't completely enjoy what i could read. OTOH after two "books" we're still at page 309 of 815 so maybe Mr Adams just needs his time to come out of his authors closet and start the friggin' story. At least i hope so ^_^ STILL.(less)