Friday, August 22, 2014

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

This is a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek science fiction novel that follows the admiral if a little naive Arthur Dent in what turns out to be a quest that literally spans the galaxy.

Arthur awakens one day to the sounds of construction outside. There he finds that his house, and in fact all of Earth, are set to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. He and his friend, Ford Prefect, (quite luckily) land an outgoing ride on the Heart of Gold, a ship captained by Ford's semi-cousin and Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox.

They embark for the legendary planet of Magrathea, which at one time was the premier manufacturer of luxury, boutique planets. There they find an incredible secret as to the history (and fate) of Earth.

This is a fast-paced, wild ride into the depths of logic. It will have you laughing out loud, and using inside-joke quotes such as "Always bring a towel!" and "42". Gesundheit!

Reviewed by Blake, First Regional Library

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