Ridiculous and amusing Mar 19, 2008
I'm not sure that most people read the Hitchhiker series as I did, as one long volume. I alternately loved it and was saddened by it, for throughout the series of books, Arthur Dent finds and loses love, finds and loses his home, and is generally put through the wringer.
At its core, however, Douglas Adams's series is a gleeful romp through alien bureaucracy and it brazenly invents its own laws of physics. It is very often hilarious, and maintains a blithe matter-of-fact narration throughout. I think it transcends the genre of "sci fi" and would appeal to just about anybody who enjoys a brush with the absurd from time to time. The Hitchhiker's Series is just about the most orderly, most polite kind of chaos you can get.