The life, the universe and everything by Douglas Adams book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!


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 killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler 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 vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

Initial thoughts

This is the third book in a trilogy of five, (Although, there’s another by Eoin Colfer). I read the first and enjoyed it, didn’t enjoy the second.

I always planned to read the entire series. It’s kind of like those books that needed to be read. Still, I was wary about whether it was going to be like the second. 


No one can deny that Douglas Adams is an excellent writer,( or maybe you can and will), there is a reason why he’s so popular, so well known. I love the style of description. He uses unusual describing words. Seriously, where does he come up with them?


Honestly? There’s plot, but…it’s so zany. I  would’ve like a little more plot, but this book is more humour than plot. It’s creative and fun. I enjoyed it. It succeeded where the second failed.

While reading this, you spend most of your time reading it in the same state of mind as Arthur Dent.


I love Arthur and Marvin. Those are my two favourite characters. (I read Marvin’s in Alan Rickman’s voice.) All the character’s are brilliant. Their personalities shine through, but there’s not much development in this book. They just sail along for the ride. 

Overall thoughts

I’m not sure where this book series is going. They seem to jump from one adventure to another without a main goal their working toward/against. Still, I’m enjoying it. They’re all quick read. To me, Douglas Adams is the sci fi version of Terry Pratchett. (I do prefer TP’s books though. More plot.)

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey

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4 thoughts on “The life, the universe and everything by Douglas Adams book review

  1. Vijayalakshmi Harish 26/06/2016 / 2:21 am

    I love this entire series!

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    • Combustible reviews 26/06/2016 / 8:39 am

      That’s awesome. If you haven’t checked Terry Pratchett out then I recommend him if you love Douglas Adams.


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