Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

I picked this up because I needed something to distract me part of the time I am on the elliptical, I didn't want a book I would mind getting a little bit sweaty, and it couldn't be too deep or have small type since I *am* on the elliptical trying to read. This was hanging around the house. My nephew picked it out last year when I told him I would buy a book for him to read.
It is just as funny as the first time I read it years ago. I'm sure I will read the rest in the series before the year is out. The reader has to keep up with the plot, the characters, and the strange asides that the author throws in, and it is funny even when it isn't very funny just because of the stuff that is tossed in. Did you know humans are only the 3rd most intelligent species on earth? Sure, everyone knows about the dolphins. It's the number 1 intelligent species that is misunderstood.
I recommend it as a quick, fun, and quirky read.
The series, on some level, is about the meaning of life. But don't look for deep thoughts (except for the one Deep Thought) in here.

I pulled this quote for my email signature: "This must be Thursday," said Arthur to himself..., "I never could get the hang of Thursdays."
Now, back to something deeper, like Plutarch's Lives or The Histories by Herodotus.
Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. This is another book I read with my kids for our homeschool book club. I'm sure I never would have read it otherwise, but I was so glad I was "forced" into it. It took me a while to get used to Adams' writing style, which seemed very clumsy to me at first. Once I got the flow of it, I really enjoyed the book. It is very humorous, but I think he does also make some very interesting and serious observations disguised within that humor. This is one I'd read again, and I still need to read the rest of the series.

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