Book A Month: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

As one of the first sci-fi books I’ve happened to pick up, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a great choice. I should preface that by saying I originally was worried about getting it since I attempted to watch the movie version. That attempt quickly ended due to the horrible alien costumes and general confusion felt between me and the rest of my family who suffered through the first 15 minutes or so before picking another movie. Regardless, I am happy I choose this Douglas Adams book because it is simply hilarious.

The confusion garnered from the movie was cleared up in the book since the narrator fills you in on a lot that gets you into the Hitchhiker’s universe. Instead, I was immediately left with a huge smile from joke after ridiculous-ness after joke that resulted in me rarely putting the book down and looking forward to picking up where I left off. Which, by the way, is huge for someone like me who has had to push myself to finish most of the other books I’ve read this year; Hitchhikers is literally a page turner.

To give you a quick summary, Arthur Dent is a regular guy on Earth and before he knows it Earth is completely destroyed and Arthur is only alive thanks to his friend Ford (the galactic hitchhiker). What ensues is Arthur and Ford’s journey around the galaxy trying to stay alive. Saying anymore would continue to do it a disservice.

This is a perfect book for a cross-country flight since it will have you laughing the whole way and you will finish it before you land. If you have heard of this book being raved about before and haven’t picked it up (like me about 2 weeks ago) then definitely get it.

Next up is Walden by Henry David Thoreau, a very dense read but similar to The Consolations of Philosophy. I’ll let you know what I get out of it (besides a lot of reading induced naps).