Friday Favorites: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, September 24, 2010Posted by Melissa (Avid Reader)
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.