4, 5, 6 - Life, the Universe, and Everything, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, and Mostly Harmless by Douglas AdamsMonday, November 24th, 2008
These books make up the 2nd, 4th and 5th installments in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. (I read the 1st and 3rd a few years ago. It doesn’t make sense, but deal with it).
Life, the Universe, and Everything is likeable, if you’re into British humor - in these books, the best humor is found in the witty diversions from the plot, such as this definition of a word:
The word can also, according to the Ultra-Complete Maximegalon Dictionary of Every Language Ever, mean the noise made by the Lord High Sanvalvwag of Hollop on discovering that he has forgotten his wife’s birthday for the second year running. Since there was only ever one Lord High Sanvalvwag of Hollop and he never married, the word is only used in anegative or speculative sense, and there is an ever-increasing body of opinion that holds that the Ultra-Complete Maximegalon Dictionary is not worth the fleet of trucks it takes to cart its microstored edition around in. Strangely enough, the dictionary omits the word “floopily,” which simply means “in a manner of something which is floopy.”
It has nothing to do with the plot, really, but gives the book its flavor.