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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Book 1)

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Book 1)

Author: Douglas Adams
Rating: 9/10
Last Read: February 2017

Quick Summary:  Hitchhiker's Guide is a science fiction book that follows the adventure of Arthur Dent and his unlikely companions. This books is full of nonsense - aliens with two heads, ridiculous names, strange encyclopedia articles, and mice running experiments on humans.  If you love to laugh, this book is for you. No, really, that's the only recommendation you need.

If you want to take your enjoyment of this book to the next level, I recommend reading it out loud to yourself, your friends, your dog, or your spouse. Adams's humor jumps to another level when you have to try to say the words written on the page out loud. Having read this book multiple times, I can definitely say that everything was funnier when I said it out loud.

Definitely an enjoyable read (and re-read).  Also a worthy pre-bed book, though you might find that the giggles don't help you fall asleep.

My Highlights

The thing that used to worry him most was the fact that people always used to ask him what he was looking so worried about. --loc 425

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” --loc 668

At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behavior. If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months’ consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favor of a new one. If they don’t keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working. --loc 984

Or do you just find that coming to terms with the mindless tedium of it all presents an interesting challenge?” --loc 1288

“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space, that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.” “Why, what did she tell you?” “I don’t know, I didn’t listen.” “Oh.” Ford carried on humming. --loc 1346

They both sat on the pavement and watched with a certain unease as huge children bounced heavily along the sand and wild horses thundered through the sky taking fresh supplies of reinforced railings to the Uncertain Areas. --loc 1420

Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now. --loc 1933

It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. --loc 2356

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons. --loc 2357

“You know,” said Arthur thoughtfully, “all this explains a lot of things. All through my life I’ve had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world, something big, even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was.” “No,” said the old man, “that’s just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the Universe has that.” --loc 2771

“Maybe. Who cares?” said Slartibartfast before Arthur got too excited. “Perhaps I’m old and tired,” he continued, “but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied. Look at me: I design coastlines. I got an award for Norway.” --loc 2776

Haiku #1

The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle