So I dropped into one of my local second hand resale stores a few days ago and walked straight up to the huge, dilapidated, cluttered, and unorganized donated used bookshelf area and what should jump out and practically bite me on the nose? That's right, you guessed it. It was: The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide: Complete & Unabridged by Douglas Adams. The complete series in one volume. There it was, actually sticking out from all the others. It couldn't have been more obvious if it was lit up in lights, lol.
My first thought was "No way, that's not actually the book I'm looking for is it?" My second thought was "Did dumb luck providence just guide me here or what?" So I looked around to make sure I wasn't dreaming or something. I carefully slid the book from the shelf and read the front cover. More utter disbelief as to my amazement it lists the five books of the whole series. I was totally dumbfounded at my dumb luck. I scolded myself for feeling giddy. I mumbled a silent thanks to the book gods. I tucked the book up under my arm and started scanning every title for another diamond in the rough but alas I find no more diamonds. I did find a few paperbacks I might as well pick up while I was there though.
Total cost: Two dollars and fifty cents. One dollar for the hardcover and fifty cents each for the three paperbacks. Do I know how to find a book or what? How's that for infinite improbability?
Assuming I haven't actually been living under a rock but have just simply failed to keep informed of popular things, why exactly is this series so popular? What's the big deal? I have read a few chapters so far and I like it but I keep wondering what I've been missing out on. Any explaination?
Edited by cybormoron, 31 March 2012 - 12:26 AM.