The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
My book club wanted a lighter book for the summer and after contemplating a few different selections and realizing that none of us had ever read The Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams, we knew it was our next pick.
Ford Prefect is an alien living in England who was stranded on Earth while collecting research for a reference book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. When the Earth is destroyed because of a clerical oversight by the galaxy-ignorant earthlings, he and human Arthur Dent are saved when they hitchhike on the passing spaceship. They are cast off that ship (after being tortured with bad poetry) and are miraculously saved by another passing spaceship one second before they would have died of asphyxiation. Coincidences abound: that ship is captained by Ford’s cousin Zaphrod and he is accompanied by a girl Arthur once hit on at a bar. Zaphrod is now the President of the Galaxy and has stolen this ship and they are cruising toward a planet that once designed and built custom planets for the galaxy’s richest. Sound crazy? Yeah, and it just gets weirder.
There are crazy coincidences, strange improbabilities, depressed robots, and murderous mice. It’s outlandish and zany and all-in-all just a lot of fun. You read a page, you think, “What the hell was that…?” but you read another chapter, more crazy ensues, and pretty soon you turn the last page and think, well, “so long, and thanks for all the fish.”