Quick reviews I wrote up for Homer Teen Reviews (check it out, book recommendations and reviews for teens; YA and Adult books) that I decided to cross-post here.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker is classic. Adams has a great sense of humour and loves to poke fun at life here on earth from an alien's point of view.
Earth has been destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway. Ford Prefect has been stranded on Earth for fifteen years now, and finds his way out just before the planet is blown up by hitching a ride on the construction ships sent to destroy it. And he decides to take with him Earthling Arthur Dent. Together they travel the galaxy looking for the mythical planet Magrathea on the ship Heart of Gold, home of the improbability drive. This book is definately worth reading (and much better than the movie too).
The book also includes entries from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a guide about how to travel the galaxy cheaply. You never know when you'll need that sort of information.
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet is one of the lesser-known books in the Sherlock Holmes series, which is a shame considering it's the very first. Doyle's style of telling a story is ingenious. The book is split into two parts, the first told from Doctor Watson's perspective, starting from the time he meets his new roommate, Sherlock Holmes, to the wrap-up of a mystery. The second half is the story behind the crime, filling in all the holes. I like this because you can really get the whole story. The second half may be a bit of a bore, but it's worth it to see how everything ties together (and it's not that bad once you get past the first few chapters of part II).
The story that birthed an icon, definately worth a read.
Also: watch this blog for a post on Pluto sometime this week. I would post it tonight, but I want to research the topic and make sure I've got all my facts right first.