Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Rec. #230: Life, the Universe and Everything
What: Continuing the potentially-universe-destroying romps of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in this third installment Douglas Adams gives us the killer robots of Krikkit, a persistent Thunder God, Arthur Dent teaching himself how to fly, and an anachronistic sofa.
Comparable to: Most other things in the Hitchhiker's universe.
Opening lines: "The regular early morning yell of horror was the sound of Arthur Dent waking up and suddenly remembering where he was."
Representative quote: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of flying. There is an art, it says, or, rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Pick a nice day, it suggests, and try it. The first part is easy."
You might not like it if: Some contend that this is the weakest of the series, but some people say that about each installment, except the first. You won't be able to decide for yourself until you've read them all, will you?
How to get it: Buy it, borrow it, Kindle it.
Connections to previous Wreckage: If you want to read the full series in order, start with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Rec. #42), then move on to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Rec. #198) before reading this one.