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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Known Where My Towels Been For Over 30 Years

August 11, 2011

Join Douglas Adamss hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. Youll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhikers Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, and British sitcoms.

Painless Philosophy
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is without a doubt one of the greatest books ever produced. It should be required reading for all high school students as an example of British literature. Maybe I exaggerate but after 30 years it doesnt feel the least bit dated. I am dead serious when I say that Douglas Adamss Hitchhikers quadrilogy is to sci-fi humor what Tolkien is to fantasy.

I can remember reading this book as a teenager and wishing I had my own Hitchhikers Guide. In a certain sense Douglas Adams was a visionary in that the Hitchhikers Guide is essentially a laptop and Wikipedia. Slap the words `Dont Panic on the case and you have a terrestrial version. The one complaint Ive heard about the series is that there is no real plot which probably stems from the fact that it was originally written as a series of radio programs. It plays out like a literary version of Monty Python in that that overall plot is much less important than the individual setups for jokes. In literature humor is perhaps that hardest genre to pull off but Douglas Adams nails it. Hitchhikers is the kind of series thats so good it feels like the author made a demonic pact to briefly give him the talent to produce a book of near perfect quality. It would lend weight to my theory in that Mr. Adams was never able to recapture the magic that was the Hitchhikers Guide and after his two Dirk Gentry books seemed to just give up on producing novels. Alright, I dont actually think Douglas Adams made a deal with the Devil.

Douglas Adams managed to pull me into the book so thoroughly that when the super-computer Deep Thought was preparing to deliver the answer to life, the universe and everything I half expected him to actually do it. For me the Hitchhikers Guide is about as close as a book has come to a mystical experience. This may well be my all time favorite book and I can give it nothing less than a perfect score.

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