For the first time in my life, I have joined a book club. A real one; that meets once a month, in real life.
Before I joined, our Book Club had only been around for three books, so it’s pretty new for all of us. My first read with them was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I was looking forward to it; I had heard about it a lot, but probably never would have read it on my own.
The Forward was probably the best part of the book. Russell T. Davies talks about how this book became a sensation when he was in High School. I can see how that could happen – it kind of reminded me of Star Trek with the aliens and the planets and the driving through outer space. This stuff is not really my thing, though. There were a lot of parts that I found amusing, but otherwise I didn’t really care about what was happening, and I will not be going on to read the other books in the series. But, at least I will be able to say I read it, and I will know what people are talking about when they refer to it.
He felt that his whole life was some sort of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
The part I found the most interesting, was the idea that the highest life forms on earth are mice, and that planet Earth was actually a 10 million year experiment they were conducting to answer the question to “Life, the Universe, and Everything”. It’s too bad the Earth was destroyed just minutes before the 10 million year mark – I would loved to have learned the answer. Kind of a cop out on the author’s part, wasn’t it?
The other problem we discovered about this book was that it didn’t really lend itself to heated discussions. I don’t know if it was because none of us were really into it, or what. But, we quickly moved on to chat about other things.
Has anyone else read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? What did you think? Do you have any favourite Science Fiction books? What have been your best Book Club choices?