When I went to my wish list this month to pick my monthly selections, I couldn?t remember for the life of me why I?d added this book. I assumed that I must've had a good reason for adding it the time, so I got it. I was not disappointed.
I found the story to be fast-paced and interesting all the way through. The characters were believable and generally likeable, and a lot of thought had gone into the science and technology. Some of the AI and computer science did make me grit my teeth for a bit, but I went into ?Star Trek? mode and made it through unscathed. If the idea of some kind of AI program existing in 512 bytes (yes, bytes, not KB or MB) on an old IBM system won?t cause you to squirt coffee out of your nose, then you?ll probably do OK as well.
The only part that really got to me, and which is the reason I took away a star, is that the final ending of the book totally contradicts the reason for all the excitement that led up to the ending. Unfortunately, I can?t explain further without giving away the ending. However, if you enjoy techno-thrillers, and you have an extra book credit you want to use, then you could do a lot worse than this book.
...and can't wait for the movie
I've got the TV series on VHS, the radio show on CD, and all the books. As you can guess, I'm a fan. The book is funny, but it is also biting satire and social commentary in the tradition of "Gulliver's Travels". A lot of people miss the last part.
I'll confess that I don't like a lot of British humor; most of Python leaves me cold, and I never cared for "Faulty Towers". This book is, however, more than just British humor. Adams knew some science, and he could've been a good straight SF writer if he'd chosen.
I do agree with one reviewer who didn't like the book. If you're on the fence, check out the paperback. The Earth is destroyed in the first few pages (and they won't chase you out of the bookstore before you've read that far), and if you're not in love with the book by then, don't waste your time with the rest of it. If you like satirs and SF, I suspect that you'll love it.
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