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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Arthur Dent is rescued from Earth minutes before the Vogons destroy it to make way for an interstellar hyper-bypass and sets off into the unknown with his friend Ford Prefect (who he learns is from Betelguese, not Guildford), a Babel fish in his ear, and a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Don't Panic!
Well, not as funny as it was 20 years ago, but I gave it a bonus half mark for nostalgia reasons!
Score: 7.5
Published: 1980
Read: January 18th 2003

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
The Fourth book in the trilogy finds Arthur Dent back on Earth, which seems to have been resurrected after its apparent destruction by the Vogon Constructor fleet. Here he meets the lovely Fenchurch with whom he goes flying at night while listening to Dire Straits on walkmen. Eventually they bump into Ford Prefect again who helps them to hitch a final ride on a spaceship to go and view God's final message to his creation.
Yeah! Funny! Dated but still funny, but if you're the right age (eg 33) then always funny, even the bits about digital watches. Sad to say, I am sitting here now wearing an analogue watch (shame), but I AM listening to Dire Straits! Hooray for Marvin the Paranoid Android!
Score: 8
Published: 1984
Read: June 30th 2003