After reading Charl’s blog entry about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie, I borrowed The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide from him.

I’d heard about the book, of course, but I’d never read it. I had no idea what it was about. But reading it had been on my todo-list for quite some time. So after bugging Charl about it for a week or two, he finally lent it to me the other day.

I finished the first part yesterday evening. And it’s great! It’s hilarious!
It’s a fascinating story. Catchy, too. But absurd. With a lot of dry, absurd humour.


How about these quotes:

The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.

He gestured Arthur toward a chair which looked as if it had been made out of the rib cage of a stegosaurus. “It was made out of the rib cage of a stegosaurus,” explained the old man (…)

He had found a Nutri-Matic machine which had provided him with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

And then there is Deep Thought, the supercomputer, which is asked the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Tricky, he says. I’ll have to think about it.
Seven and a half million years later he finally has the answer. You’re not going to like it, he says. The Answer is… forty-two.

There is the Babel fish, a small yellow, universal translator fish, that should be inserted into ones ear. It feeds on mental energy created while composing a sentence, and apparently ‘excretes’ mental energy in a form that can be understood by others.

Another funny creature is Marvin, a very depressed robot. He thinks everybody hates him, and when he starts complaining to another computer, he bores the other one so much, that it commits suicide.

Anyway, I’ll keep you informed of my progress. Next is “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”.

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 Funny, Leisure, Personal

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