The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Don’t panic, and always carry a towel.  Pretty good advice (especially if you work in an elementary school).  This is what I learned from reading Douglas Adams’ masterpiece, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  I also learned the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everthing.  (You’ll have to read the book to find the answer…or you can Google it.)

Honestly, I am ashamed that I waited so long to read this book.  It is a staple of nerd culture, and I’m just now getting to it?  Well, yeah.  But I did finally read it, and I’m now convinced it’s one of the best books ever.  (I put the rest of the series on my Christmas wish list about a minute ago.)  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is both ridiculously sublime and sublimely ridiculous.  Awesome.

I don’t want to tell you too much about this book, but I will let you in on a few things.  Earth goes kaput, a guy named Arthur hitches across the galaxy with an alien named Ford Prefect.  They run into a guy named Zaphod Beeblebrox.  This dude has two heads, is the President of the Galaxy, and he just stole a spaceship.  There’s also a depressed robot, super-intelligent mice, and lots of hilarity.  Read this book.  Now.

I will admit that I scratched my head while I was reading this book (but that may be due to dry scalp).  I was confused some of the time, but that is a common side effect when reading this book.  It’s worth it.  If you’re a fan of the ridiculous (or a complete lunatic), you might want to check out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  As Zaphod Beeblebrox would say, “Wow.”

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