The Hitchhiker’s Guide is the book that got me into reading science fiction. If you’ve never tried any science fiction, or are if you’re just looking for a book full of adventure, towels and hilarious intergalactic adventures, this book is for you. Or if you’ve ever wondered what a bowl of petunias thinks as it’s falling through the air, this book is for you.
The book begins with the comfortably boring life of Arthur Dent, everything in his world is routine and he likes it that way. But, one day he wakes up and finds several large and yellowish bulldozers preparing to flatten his house to make room for an expressway. He is understandably angry about this development, and decides his best course of action is to go lie in the mud in front of the waiting bulldozers. His odd friend Ford Prefect arrives and after convincing the foreman to lie in the mud instead, drags Arthur to the local pub. Upon arriving at the pub, Ford orders ten pints of beer and tells Arthur that Earth is about to be destroyed. This obviously leads to a whole bunch of adventuring.
Along their adventures, Ford teaches Arthur valuable lessons like: “a towel is the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have…” and that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, but drinking one is like “having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”
This particular volume contains all five novels and while you may not make it through all five, you NEED to read the first novel- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Then watch the movie from 2005, it’s awesome and has Mos Def and Zooey Deschanel in it.
So long and thanks for all the fish! (You’ll get that after you read the book.) 🙂