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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
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I feel indescribably guilty for not liking this.

Granted, hard-core science fiction isn't really my thing, and if I'm reading a book that is 300+ pages my attention span seems to wither away to nothing unless the book is in all ways, excellent. This is a rightly beloved series. I can certainly understand why it's so fawned over. It just... became tedious. For me.

The first book was brilliant. I wish I'd have stopped there and hadn't plowed my way through the rest. But I wonder - Was the rest of the series less brilliant, or was it /myself/, as a reader, that was the issue? Perhaps I would have enjoyed them more if I'd had taken breaks between the books. Maybe if I'd have read something lighter in between, I wouldn't have been so bored half-way through. It just seemed to get silly by So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish, at least to me. The little plot structure it had just melted away.

***MINOR SPOILER**** Oh, but contrary to popular opinion, I really did think the ending was clever, if a bit morose. *END SPOILER* The whole series (especially the first book) is full of clever little scenes that have largely contributed to the books' success. I just wish they weren't (as far as the last three books) so few and far between.
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Melee Don't worry about it or overthink it too much. We all have those books we feel guilty for not liking. I know I certainly do. :)


Julia While I'd take every word of Douglas Adams with me to the end of the world, I do share the unpopular opinion that the ending was perfect in its loneliness and melancholy. I didn't like the fourth book very much, but loved the rest to no end; the second and fifth are my favorites. I thought that it was a a different sort of cleverness, though, in the last few books; I suppose you'd have to grow accustomed to it. (Guaranteed; I am a fan of science fiction/Doctor Who/Douglas Adams/and sometimes Issac Asimov).


Ariana Melee wrote: "Don't worry about it or overthink it too much. We all have those books we feel guilty for not liking. I know I certainly do. :)"

Thank you, Melee! :3


Ariana Julia wrote: "While I'd take every word of Douglas Adams with me to the end of the world, I do share the unpopular opinion that the ending was perfect in its loneliness and melancholy. I didn't like the fourth b..."


I believe the ending was, in a way, realistic. In real life endings arn't always tidy or happy, which is why I don't get outraged by sad endings like some other readers. (The Book Thief!!)

The ending also had a sort of moral to it - As hard as Arthur attempted to avoid his destruction on the planet Earth, in the end everything happened the way it was destined.

I assume it's a series that I will appreciate more when I'm older. :P


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