steve p wrote:I'll add my recommendations of the series. I've read the books several times and still pick up little bits of irony through each read. The style does change with the later books, though. You can tell the first two were pulled almost directly from the radio series. The later books I think are a little more structured like novels. Adams' Dirk Gently books, whilst very different from Hitchikers, are also worth looking over. steve
It was no secret that much like Arthur Conan Doyle, Douglas Adams was burnt out on 'Hitchhiker' early in the game. As you read the later books you get the impression that he was struggling to come up with output. Many of his later books included plots involving surrealistic stories about toothbrushes, pens, sofas coffee cups ect .... you get the impression that he just looked around his rooms and wrote about the first thing he saw. Amazing as it seems even these otherwise inane attempts to invent a story resulted in some of his best writing.