I saw the movie version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and laughed through the entire movie. I did have quite a few unanswered questions and went on a quest to read the books. The book was amazing! I loved the quirkiness that filled every page, I loved how random and bizarre every situation was described. I loved how I finally got the answers to my questions. I learned more about Zaphod's two heads and third arm, and why Arthur's brain was so important. I was amazed at how many pop culture references were take from this book (Trillian IM program, Babelfish translation page...)
After reading the first book, I immediately had to consume the rest in the series as well. Or so I thought. The randomness and quirkiness that I loved in the first book, wasn't qute as enduring as it was in the next book, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I found myself dragging through this book. I was still amused at the restaurant at the end of the universe and the play on words, but... It just didn't grab and hold my attention. I think the switching point of views and changes from Guide entries to the different characters made it hard to follow the story line. I'm almost halfway through Life, the Universe and Everything and keep finding myself falling asleep through it. I desperatly want to know what happens but the story line isn't flowing for me. I'm lost trying to follow the many tangents. I think that this series will be one that I'll have to reread at a later date to fully understand.