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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (original 1979; edition 2005)

by Douglas Adams, Robbie Stamp (Afterword)

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Title:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Authors:Douglas Adams
Other authors:Robbie Stamp (Afterword)
Info:Pan Books (2005), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:To read

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)

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Fun book. It really put me in the mind of The Princess Bride. The humor seemed to me to be similar. It had good twists and turns too.
  Mariesreads | Feb 24, 2015 |
Definitely one of the best books of all time. So much nonsense, and yet it all makes sense at the same time. It cannot be said that Douglas Adams leaves plotholes in his novels, because somehow he fixes them with an explanation that has nothing to do with anything. And it makes total sense. Sort of.

All of the characters are splendid. Arthur is probably the best person to go on an intergalactic adventure, and Ford and Zaphod are the best people to take him on it. Trillian is the best voice of reason possible. And Marvin... well, Marvin's just the best at everything. He is my absolute favorite.

How does one even explain how brilliant this book is? ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Feb 22, 2015 |
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a difficult book to describe; it simply must be experienced. Underlying the absurd plot are hints of seriousness and of Douglas Adams' world views. However, mostly, the absurdity and humor win out. I am not sure I will follow Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent on their adventures beyond this first part, but I am glad I was introduced to them. Happy hitchhiking and don't forget your towel!

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/02/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-galaxy.html ( )
  njmom3 | Feb 12, 2015 |
This book was so much fun! It actually a really special book to literally make me laugh out loud and this book managed to do just that...multiple times. The book was full of outrageous circumstances being treated as if this could happen to the average person on a bad day, which added to the hilarity of the situation.

Basically, the story begins with Arthur Dent, an average man just wanting to live his life in peace, finding out that his house needed to be demolished in order to put in a bypass. As he fights to keep his house, he believes that his day can't get much worse until his friend, Ford Prefect, comes along and convinces him to leave the site. Ford then explains, in a pub, that the world is about to be destroyed, as it is in the path of a new hyperspace bypass, and from then on, Dent's life becomes a science fiction tale.

The greatest part of this book what how everything paralleled. Den'ts house is destroyed for a bypass in which Dent was not properly made aware of due to poor government planning. Later, the world is destroyed for the same exact reason and the galactic government gives the same reasons for their actions as the Earth government gave about Dent's house. The poor man can't seem to escape badly run government planning.

This book is the definition of schadenfreude (a German word for getting pleasure from someone else's pain). Poor Dent looses his house and becomes the last human in existence all in the same hour but yet we laugh.

If you're looking for a laugh riot of a book, this is definitely it. It is extremely quotable and on top of all this you get to learn the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. ( )
  kell1732 | Jan 25, 2015 |
'If I asked you where the hell we were,' said Arthur weakly, 'would I regret it?'
Ford stood up. 'We're safe,' he said.
'Oh good,' said Arthur.
'We're in a small galley cabin,'said Ford, 'in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.'
'Ah, said Arthur, 'this is obviously some strange usage of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of.'

I've been a fan of HHGG ever since listening to the original radio series on BBC Radio 4. It has been one of my favourite books ever since, and although I chose a quotation from early in the book, it is equally funny all the way through. ( )
1 vote isabelx | Jan 21, 2015 |
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Humorous science fiction novels have notoriously limited audiences; they tend to be full of ''in'' jokes understandable only to those who read everything from Jules Verne to Harlan Ellison. The ''Hitchhiker's Guide'' is a delightful exception, being written for anyone who can understand the thrill that might come to a crew of interstellar explorers who discover a mysterious planet, dead for five million years, and then hear on their ''sub etha'' radio a ghostly voice, hollow, reedy, insubstantial: ''Greetings to you. ... This is a recorded announcement, as I'm afraid we're all out at the moment. ...''

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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Irineu da Costa, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
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For thousands of years, the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across---which happened to be the Earth---where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.
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[Book 1 Only] "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is the title of the first in a series of novels (as well as the first in a series of radio dramas). The five works in the series are generally referred to as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" or "The Hitchhiker Trilogy", as is the series of radio dramas. Though there are unabridged audio recordings of these works, the radio dramas are considerably different from the printed works. Eoin Colfer, of "Artemis Fowl" fame, contracted in 2008 to write the next volume of the "Trilogy." Do not combine it with the graphic novel adaptation.
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Arthur's drab lifestyle/The answer is forty two/ What is the question?
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A curse up to God;

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345391802, Mass Market Paperback)

Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.

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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.

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