Hilarious. It doesn’t end up making a lot of sense, but it always feels like it’s going to, and that’s what I like. There’s a feeling of purpose and meaning in the writing, an air of authority, if you will. Plus, I’m a huge fan of comedic science fiction, which this is a perfect example of. I like to think of comedic science-fiction as a genre for people who wish they were geeks but don’t have the time or technical inclination to really commit.
Story begins with Englishman Arthur Dent and his (unbeknownst to him) alien friend Ford Prefect. Ford manages to hitch them an interstellar ride off of Earth. The story follows them around as they ship-hop and eventually land on “the most improbable planet in the universe.”
Stephen Fry narrated (it was audiobook), which was great.
Given my self-imposed workout restrictions on audiobooks, this one paid for itself in like three days. The rules are that I’m only allowed to listen to books when I’m engaged in outdoor physical activity. Three days is how many days in a row I went outside for a jog.
My suspicion is that there are more books by Douglas Adams in a kind of series (it’s too late at night for me to care about verifying that) and I want to read them all.
There’s a movie, too. Apparently it’s pretty good. Again, I’m not interested in verifying for you right at this moment.
Thumbs up on this book. And good on the BBC and everyone in the UK for liking it.