Title: Life, the Universe and Everything
Author: Douglas Adams
Length: 232 pages
Plot Basics: Arthur Dent -- who only narrowly missed being blown up with the rest of Earth in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy -- is now one of a handful of people who can save Life, the Universe and Everything from annihilation by the robots of the planet Krikkit.
Banter Points: Dent Arthur Dent returns for the third installment of the five-book Hitchhikers Guide trilogy. If the idea of a five-book trilogy bends your mind a little bit, welcome to this whole series. Adams again sprinkles the book with bits of galactic wisdom, for example, "It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes," and leaves his readers laughing aloud at the antics of his characters.
Bummer Points: It's just not Hitchhikers... and for a reader in the part of the world where cricket is not played, some parts a tad confusing.
Word Nerd recommendation: If you like sci-fi but have never read these classics you should. If you like comedy, go back and read the first two. If you want the easy way out, go rent the movie which is a pretty good rendition but don't come whining to the Word Nerd when the "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" song runs through your head.