This title came up a good bit when I was a kid, not from my friends or family but usually I heard it while watching TV. Every once in a while I'd hear the book name bandied about but never really knew anything about the story. As a kid, I envisioned it as a super serious coming of age tale of a space traveler. I was just a bit wrong...
After I'd married my husband, he said I had to read this book, so of course I didn't. Then he made me watch the British TV series and then the movie. Well, he suggested it and as one of my wedding vows was to read and watch more science fiction, I agreed. A few months later, I finally broke down and decided it was time to read the book. And It Was Funny.
My recommendation is only for the first book because I haven't read the others in the series yet. Hitchhiker is just incredibly silly and fun and goofy and fast paced. I love Marvin, the depressed robot. I love the Vogons - their poetry is so bad that it could literally kill you. I love the idea of people creating a super computer to tell them the meaning of life and that the answer is 42.
I love Christopher Moore and Terry Pratchett and I find Douglas Adams to be the sci-fi equivalent. People that can write funny novels are rare. Many try and many fail, so I feel the personal need to support all of those that manage to do it. Hitchhiker does it.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that as long as science fiction isn't repellent to you, you will enjoy this book. Anyone else a fan?