Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (The Hitchhiker's Trilogy #1) by Douglas Adams
Read: 9/5/08-9/7/08 (and also 12/9/02-12/15/02)
LibraryThing tags: Humor, Science Fiction, Movie Inspiration, Sonderbook (click here for Sondy's review)

Let's laugh a bit now, shall we? Okay. Classic book. Read it if you like the more random and silly style of British humor (as opposed to the witty style, although there is some wit involved). Yep. And that's all I have to say about that.

As for quotes, first there's the classic:

“‘Arthur!’ he said, ‘this is fantastic! We’ve been picked up by a ship powered by the Infinite Improbability Drive! This is incredible! I heard rumors about it before! They were all officially denied, but they must have done it! They’ve built the Improbability Drive! Arthur, this is…Arthur? What’s happening?’

Arthur had jammed himself against the door to the cubicle, trying to hold it closed, but it was ill fitting. Tiny furry little hands were squeezing themselves through the cracks, their fingers were ink-stained; tiny voices chattered insanely.

Arthur looked up.

‘Ford!’ he said, ‘there’s an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they’ve worked out.’”

And then, although this is better with the longer context:

“Eventually, of course, after their Galaxy had been decimated over a few thousand years, it was realized that the whole thing had been a ghastly mistake, and so the two opposing battle fleets settled their few remaining differences in order to launch a joint attack on our own Galaxy—now positively identified as the source of the offending remark.

For thousands more years, the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across—which happened to be the Earth—where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.”

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