The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) - Douglas Adams
Wow, this was a surprisingly quick read. I think it helped that I just couldn't wait to find out what happened next because with this book, literally, anything could happen.
I have to say, it really wasn't what I thought it would be. It reminded me of so many other books and movies. For example, if Guardians of the Galaxy were written by Lemony Snicket, then that's what this book would be. It also made me think of those completely random stoner movies like This is the End where it starts off with a plot and you think you know where it's headed then it goes in a completely different direction. Or a dozen different directions.
There is so much to say about this book.
I loved the way it started with Arthur lying out, protecting his house from a steam roller. Then Earth gets blown to bits for the same reason that his house being destroyed only on a much bigger level. lol
Then we meet Trillian, who for all intents and purposes is the voice of reason in this story, if there is one, and Zaphod who doesn't know himself what's going on in his head. I love that he randomly decided to become president of the galaxy and it just worked out. If only Megamind had his luck.
There's so much randomness throughout this story. And I have so many questions. Why on earth (no pun intended :)) did Arthur take off with that crazy old man to the center of the planet? Can we say 'Stranger Danger'? And I love that the answer to every question is 42. I knew I had heard that somewhere before, but I never realized it was from this book.
My favorite character was Marvin, by far. I just love him. He's all gloomy and depressed. If Eeyore were a robot, this would be him.
This was a great story, if totally random, but that's what makes it unique. With books like this there is a very fine line between being awesome and being awful, and I think this one stayed on the right side of this line.