Reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is like talking to one of your unnaturally geeky friends. Sometimes they go off at a tangent that you wish they would come back to earth and stop being so confusing. Sometimes they blurt out things so absurd and hilarious that only geniuses like they are could even think about it.
It’s like talking to a person out of this world — wacky, interesting and unpredictable. The book takes you to journey you’d never guess (and probably shouldn’t try to). It’s fun. I’m sure you’d laugh a lot along the way. I did.
“They’ve got as much sex appeal as a road accident.” ~ Ford, p60
Note: I just knew that the term Babel Fish came from this book. Cool. (Babel Fish is a small yellow fish that you put in your ears to translate. Of course there’s a “scientific” explanation for it in the book. Today, Babel Fish is a translation engine.)
Note 2: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a trilogy that consists of 5 books. Eoin Colfer (of Artemis Fowl) is writing the 6th book (titled And Another Thing…) which will be out in October 2009.
1979, 224 pp
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
‘We’ll take in a quick bite at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.’