Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1
Author: Douglas Adams
Reading Level: Everybody
Genre: Science Fiction
Released: first published 1979
Review Source: Del Rey Books
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Stephen Fry does a truly wonderful job reading the book, I did pick up the audio book this time (for the first time). Taking a summer class that’s very heavy n weekly reading I didn’t have as much time to pick up a paperback copy, however, this was a wonderful experience. Thanks, to Stephen Fry’s reading.
Of course everyone at this point has watched the movie, and that was amazing too, what an adventure Arthur finds himself on.
What more can I say? The book is witty and funny, it weaves an almost realistic universe while simultaneously, clearly, not reality. The characters are strange, different and exciting. Pick up a copy and hitchhike the galaxy!