Friday Favorites: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Friday, September 24, 2010


It all starts with a quiet British man named Arthur Dent... who hitches a ride on a space ship just before the earth is destroyed. What follows is a five book "trilogy" featuring travels through space and absurdity at it's best.

It's hard to explain just how hilarious Douglas Adam's writing is. He creates characters and situations that make you laugh out loud no matter where you are. His wit is legendary and just when your stomach stops hurting from laughing so hard, he throws another curve ball, like an alien race that tortures people by making them listen to horrible poetry.

This books are filled with unforgettable characters like Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian. My personal favorites are Dent, who's bumbling, sweet-natured confusion is irresistible and Marvin, a depressed robot who is constantly bemoaning the fact that no one listens to him.

I think the first three books in the series are probably the best, but by that point, you're so attached to the characters that you can't help love each new foray into their world.

I would recommend Adam's writing to most people, but I would say if you love Monty Python's sense of humor these books are an absolute must. You should start at the beginning of the series with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and no matter what... don't forget your towel.

8 comments:

Teacher/Learner said...

Sounds like my kind of book! I have the first of the series (still TBR) but didn't know you could get them all in one book. Nice review :o)

Kristen M. said...

Agreed! This is a series I go back to regularly because it just makes me happy. And I laugh every single time.

irisonbooks said...

I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Sometimes I'm just not up for this kind of humour, but at times it makes me want to read all the books at once..

Avid Reader said...

You definitely have to be in the right mood, but it never fails to cheer me up.

Beth said...

I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't read the Hitchhiker's Guide. It's one of those books that's on my list but hasn't made it to the top. Having read your review, I want to give it a try!

Jeanne said...

As you know, these are some of my favorite books of all time. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is my very favorite one.

Alyce said...

I read these books for the first time last year, and absolutely loved them on audio! The BBC dramatic version is the best.

Avid Reader said...

Jeanne - Life, the Universe and Everything has always been my favorite, though I couldn't say why exactly.

Alyce - I haven't heard the BBC version. I'll have to check that out.