"Well, if you're so smart, what color should the wheel be?
On a very recent trip to wdw I took along a towel along with some other things. It proved to be massively useful. Nice microfiber to clean my glasses, dry off after splash mountain and frozen ever after, attached to my backpack to make it tolerable to have it against my back in the warm sun. Then to remove gum from my daughters hair and shirt she got somewhere. I was sad to know my towel needed to be tossed away. Good thing I knew where my backup towel was.
A lot of people don't rate, or don't like So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, so heads up, it's a change of pace. I love it, but it took me a couple of reads.
I am working my way through the series, too, and recently finished LUE. I would agree with you that the titular restaurant in book 2 is a standout part. Funny, lovely, fascinating, terrifying, absurd and stupid all at once. A scene I liked that you didn't mention was Marvin vs. the Frogstar battle machine, one of the most hilarious outcomes for a typical Hitchhiker's "characters fail to understand each other EXTREMELY slowly" conversation.
LUE has something like a plot, which I guess a lot of people don't like, but I thought it was a welcome injection of freshness because I don't know if I could have taken a third book of unregulated warping about. Of the first three books, it's the one in which I found Arthur and Zaphod most likable.
(very minor spoilers)
Btw, for those of you who don't know, Mostly Harmless has a sequel. It's not written by Adams, sadly, but it's called "And Another Thing". it's basically an epiloge to the series with a bit more of a satisfying ending imo.
My favorite part in the entire series is when they find the dead ship and Marvin says "I shared my vision of the universe with it"
"And what happened?"
"It comitted suicide"
My Daughter turns 10 this year.
I have been waiting and planning and dreaming about this event for some time.
Sometime this summer I am gonna wrap her up a gift. I am going to make a huge, enormous deal. I am gonna get her all excited (and her 4 year sister jealous). When she opens it up there is going to be a great big card with large words 'Don't PANIC!' laying on top of a towel.
I am gonna let her chew on that and get pissed for a few minutes.
Then I am throwing HHGTTG at her. Daddy and Daughter are gonna read it together.
Now go listen to the original BBC radio play.
I’ve listened to it many times in my life and it never gets old. There was also a TV show using the voice actors and they weren’t all that great on screen. The radio acting was brilliant. So many quotable lines.
One of my favorite lines of all time was from that radio version—The [Vogon] ships hung in the sky much the same way that bricks don’t “
I read the the whole series in the one book that published complete. For some reason i just seemed to like each book in the series less and less. The first one was great, rateotu was pretty good, but by the time I got to thanks for the fish, I just wanted to be done with it. I hope I am the exception.
That puts you prime position to be one of three people who have gotten the joke in my username.
Edit: so obviously, I liked the book.
It was actually my introduction to the series. I was about 12-13 and was at a Big-Lots with my grandfather. Basically a Family Dollar that dabbles in the furniture no one wanted to buy from Kmart last year.
There were two spinning paperback racks. Maybe 100 books total, 30 titles optimistically. Granddad spoiled us so he said he'd buy me a book if I found one I wanted.
Everything else was either romance or what I now realize were political criticisms. Probably of the previous administration.
So I picked the one with the laughing planet and a back cover description that described Trillian as a "sexy space cadet". Again, I was 12 or 13. It also described the book as hilarious and that struck me because I'd never read a book that was trying to be funny. Just textbooks or plot-focused stories.
I read *Restaurant at the End of the Universe * and loved it. Later I found "Life, the Universe and Everything " at the local library. This was pre-internet in a small town whose only bookstore survived off of high school Literature reading lists and the 'Adult' section, which judging from the outside was larger than the regular store. Not a place to browse, just to pick up "The Grapes of Wrath" and get out.
So it wasn't until I was 17 (and we moved to a city of 6 million people and way more bookstores) that for Christmas my mom got me a leather bound gilded-leaf copy containing all six books and I finally got to read the whole trilogy.
I couldn't give that much detail about how got my first car, or any pet I've owned. But that book I absolutely can. That first RatEotU is long lost, loaned out someone I thought would like it. But I still have my bound copy.
When I saw the photo of Elon Musk's Tesla going off into space with "Don't Panic" on the dash I cried, a big ugly cry of joy and of sadness that D.A. didn't get to see it. Damn you Elon! you made me cry at work you lovable evil genius/superhero.
*Restaurant* contains my favorite passage in the entirety of the H2G2 saga:
>Disaster Area was a plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones and was generally regarded as not only the loudest rock band in the Galaxy, but also as being the loudest noise of any kind at all. Regular concert goers judged that the best sound balance was usually to be heard from within large concrete bunkers some thirty-seven miles away from the stage, whilst the musicians themselves played their instruments by remote control from within a heavily insulated spaceship which stayed in orbit around the planet - or more frequently around a completely different planet.
>Their songs are on the whole very simple and mostly follow the familiar theme of boy-being meets girl-being beneath silvery moon, which then explodes for no adequately explored reason.
>Many worlds have now banned their act altogether, sometimes for artistic reasons, but most commonly because the band's public address system contravenes local strategic arms limitations treaties.
Restaurant at the end of the universe is my favorite by Douglas Adams, although I highly suggest reading all in the series.