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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 (Author) (1979)

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    coliemta: One's more literary and the other more science-fiction-y, but they're both bizarre, hilarious and similar in feel. Most people who like one will enjoy the other.
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    mcenroeucsb: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : Science Fiction :: The Color of Magic : Fantasy
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    girlunderglass: before The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - more than 20 years before it - there was THIS book about space travel, time travel, and the "ultimate answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything". Adams certainly borrowed a lot from Vonnegut.
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    mcenroeucsb: Good Omens is uneven in writing quality, but the flippant interactions between some of the angels and demons very much reminds me of Douglas Adams.
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    souloftherose: Although Neverwhere and The Hitchhiker's Guide (THHG) are different genres (the first is urban fantasy, the second comic science-fiction) I felt there was a lot of similarity between the characters of Richard Mayhew (in Neverwhere) and Arthur Dent (in THHG). Both are a kind of everyman with whom the reader can identify and both embody a certain 'Britishness'. And they're both stonkingly good books by British authors.… (more)
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    wvlibrarydude: Satire and humor that will split your gut. Read if you want to laugh at humanity.
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The humour is drier than my mother's meatloaf, but that's 90% of the charm of this classic. ( )
  IndyLibrarian | Mar 26, 2014 |
This book was such a ride! If anyone knows anything about it, they’d know that this is a supposedly funny adventure novel. But the humour in this book isn’t like any other book. It is so immersed in it’s sci-fi almost-parody-like world that it’s bound to get a chuckle out of everyone. It is more of an adult based humour, not that it’s inappropriate but because they are done in a very refreshing way, which is hard to explain more than the fact that the jokes are very much so immersed into the plot.

"Wait, plot? I thought Hitchhiker’s was a book that had no plot." Not true, it has quiet a hilarious plot, albeit not one to take seriously. I’ll let the summary speak for itself on that account, but I just want to mention that the best parts about this book was that it never took itself too seriously and it always had a jarring comment to make for every occasion. It hilariously and quite wittingly mentions philosophical life discussions, a miserable and overly emotional android, and one amazing answer to the Universe’s Ultimate Question.

Overall, one should read this book for a great laugh that’ll be remembered for times to come, but certainly don’t go into it thinking the plot and climax is what it’s all about. 3.5-4/5.

PS. My copy came with a foreword by Russell T. Davies, who is an amazing person for giving such great stories to new episodes of doctor who (basically the 9th and 10th doctor), and I highly recommend it because it definitely gets you hyped up to pick up the series. ( )
  bubblyair | Mar 25, 2014 |
An irreverent mockery of science fiction! A bit more disturbing to me than an anti-war novel like Slaughterhouse Five. Adams’ humor is more slapstick than sharp. But at least now I know the answer to the “Ultimate Question”. ( )
  drardavis | Mar 6, 2014 |
It was a short and funny read. I love how imaginative Adams is and how he uses a lot of deus ex machina in his story. Arthur and his companions are terribly lucky! However, the stroy seems to lack excitement except in the last part where Adams left us a cliffhanger! The book also has a lot of lovable characters. I especially love Marvin and Slartibartfast! ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 6, 2014 |
I couldn't decide as I read this whether I'd ever actually read it before, or whether I'd seen the TV adaptation forever ago. Anyway, this was a quick read, plenty of humor. Cheered me up no end. ( )
  Peace2 | Feb 20, 2014 |
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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, DouglasAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irineu da Costa, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Markkula, PekkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Molnár, IstvánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwarz, BenjaminTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary 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.
Don't Panic
If there's anything more important than my ego around here, I want it caught and shot now.
The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.
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.
Life! Don't talk to me about life.
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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 with 'Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide.....' - this is the graphic novel adaptation.
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Arthur's drab lifestyle/The answer is forty two/ What is the question?
Wet, McKenna muttered

A curse up to God;

The clouds laughed.

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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Seconds before Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, an earthman is saved by his friend. Together they journey through the galaxy.

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