Originally posted by JBERGES:
Read "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams (actually, it is a 5 book series, but even the first one will do).
I'll go into more detail if you've never heard of it, but assuming you have, consider this an assertive recommendation.
Uber-second. (I was about to recommend the very same thing! ^_^) But skip the movie. It's crap. Just watch the old TV series if you get the urge. And the original radio show rocks, too! In fact, that's where I'd start. Y'know, after reading the books, seeing as this thread is...about...books. *gradually realizes she's COMPLETELY off-topic* >_> Yeah, sorry, I'll just stop talking now. (I need to keep in mind what I'm supposed to be talking about. Jeez.)