This book made me laugh uncontrolably while among strangers in a crowded room. That means it's good.
While it was written many years ago, it's still very well suited to the modern reader. It is funny and pretends to take itself too seriously while doing totally the opposite. The main character is actually quite likable, unlike Arthur Dent, whose suffering you actually enjoy.
Hodgeman knows humor. Something in the way he combines serious and flippant nails it.
I laughed out loud several times, causing people to stare. I'm normally pretty reserved.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader
I picked this up when I had some cash on my account that was about to expire. It caught my attention, because it was one of the Neil Gaiman Presents selections. I really like Gaiman’s work and I figured I would probably also like a book that he recommends. I was right.
Dimension of Miracles was amusing, witty, and well-written. In many ways, it was like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only it came first. It begins when Tom Carmody is whisked away from his New York apartment upon accidentally winning the galactic lottery. In his exploits thereafter, he meets a number of strange characters on several interesting worlds as he attempts to return to Earth.
My favorite part was probably when Tom was transported to Earth during the dinosaur age and proceeds to have a very charming conversation with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
John Hodgman was an excellent choice to narrate this novel. I thought his tone perfectly embodied the author’s dry wit.
Overall, the novel was quite enjoyable. The story was light and amusing, but still had some deeper points as well. It won’t go down as my all-time favorite, but it was still a fun read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a comedic sci-fi story.
this is very much a pre-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novel. it has much in the way of the odd ball events and satiric jabs at society etc. that pop up in Adam's work. while i found it very much like HGG and enjoyed it, i did find myself wishing for a little more of the manic Adams movement and wordplay etc. Hodgman is passable as a narrator but could have read with a little more gusto. still all in all good and i do like the ending but a couple scenarios perhaps go on a bit too long. can't give it more stars simply because it is done better by Adams.
With such high ratings and the endorsement from Neil Gaiman, how could I pass this one up.
I am not sure why, but this book just didn’t work for me. It started out with many small technical problems with the audio, small chirps and crackling, that really distracted me. But even after those issues went away later in the book I still just couldn’t get into it.
The lead character, Tom Carmody, never appealed to me... The book just feels pretentious to me with all the armchair philosophy, puns, and forced wordplay. I can see how this book would be viewed as a precursor to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker series, but Mr. Adams was able to do it without pretension, he did it in a way that made it feel natural in a way I do not feel like this book does.
John Hodgman does a good job narrating the book, but it is hard for me to judge as I never could get really involved with the storyline.
I really respect Neil Gaiman and Audible for making audiobooks like this one of stories and authors that many of us have never heard of and look forward to many more of them.
I loved this book, laughed out loud until my face hurt. Intelligent, witty, and very well narrated. I was not in the mood to laugh when I started this book, but decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised, and my mood was instantly altered. Highly recommend
Yes, I would. It was very close to perfect.
The feeling I had when I finished the book was the feeling you have after a perfect meal - every taste bud satisfied. The resolution of the story was perfect.
It was pitch perfect, so 1950s in just the right way.
I laughed out loud more than once.
Thanks Neil for sharing your love for this book. By now everyone knows how close this book is to the hitchhiker's guide. Think Arthur Dent with a lot more spunk. But if that makes you hesitate at all, believe me, enjoying this book is not going to take anything away from the guide. I'll listen to or read everything Sheckley has written!
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
This felt like a less-funny, more American Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was very interesting at times, very dated at times, and not quite funny enough most of the time.
Hodgman was well-paired as a narrator, and he did as much with it as he could.
It was presented as Douglas Adams like humour, but it ended up being just very very preachy. Really really long sections of the author pontificating on their view of the world with very little humor or wit. Parts of it read more like a manifesto then a story
Very good, very funny, a bit more subtle than Hitchhikers guide. However, to get some of the jokes I think you have to have lived through the 60s. Most of the book can be fully understood by modern readers, but some of the jokes are starting to age.