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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition (original 1979; edition 2004)

by Douglas Adams

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Member:Big_Kahuna
Title:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Crown (2004), Edition: 25 Anv, Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Author) (1979)

  1. 272
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency / The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (gandalf_grey)
  2. 2510
    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (ut.tecum.loquerer, coliemta)
    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.
  3. 122
    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett (mcenroeucsb)
    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.
  4. 111
    The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : Science Fiction :: The Color of Magic : Fantasy
  5. 112
    Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor (Konran)
  6. 101
    Redshirts by John Scalzi (mcenroeucsb)
  7. 113
    The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (girlunderglass, catfantastic)
    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.
  8. 107
    The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (Nikkles)
  9. 1311
    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (souloftherose)
    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)
  10. 21
    John Dies at the End by David Wong (fundevogel)
  11. 21
    The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens (MyriadBooks)
  12. 66
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (wvlibrarydude)
    wvlibrarydude: Satire and humor that will split your gut. Read if you want to laugh at humanity.
  13. 11
    Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny (WildMaggie)
  14. 34
    The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: A campy-SF 50's detective story that I think will appeal to the same sense of humor.
  15. 23
    The Toyminator by Robert Rankin (ShelfMonkey)
  16. 01
    Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: Douglas Adams's true masterpiece, albeit one of non-fiction. Far wittier and profounder than The Guide.
  17. 34
    The Wish List by Eoin Colfer (missmaddie)
    missmaddie: Follow the unlikely hero through a tongue-in-cheek, sci-fi adventure
  18. 45
    Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett (mybookshelf)
  19. 35
    Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett (revolutionary_marcia)
  20. 46
    Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (unlucky)
    unlucky: Both are comedic with insight and satirical in nature, making fun of conventions in their respective genres.

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5 stars!! One of the funniest books I've ever read. Douglas Adams is definitively one of my favorite authors from now on, his writting style and his logic is delicious! :) ( )
  Danyspike | Jan 14, 2017 |
Read aloud to the family in the car. Surprised to find that some of my favorite bits were not in here - all the sequels and alternate media formats must be running together in my memory. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
The first volume of a "trilogy in five parts". That says it all, I think it's hilarious. My kind of humour anyway. Marvin, the depressed robot. Oh my god. This is the written version of Monty Python. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
Normally when I read a book I'm pretty poker-faced. This book was totally different though. It was filled with comedy and was laughing out loud for much of it. This book is filled with all sorts of whacky non-sense and ridiculous descriptions. Even the actual writing was filled with little pieces of comedy. Also even though this book is technically Science Fiction, anyone could read it. You just have to keep an open mind and be ready to laugh. AND most importantly, make sure you know where your towel is. ( )
  RickyHaas | Dec 26, 2016 |
What an absolutely fantastic read! ( )
  Zunaira | Dec 4, 2016 |
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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
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Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Irineu da Costa, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Don't Panic
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Johnny Brock and Clare Gorst
and all other Arlingtonians
for tea, sympathy, and a sofa
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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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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 it with the graphic novel adaptation.
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Arthur's drab lifestyle/The answer is forty two/ What is the question?
(hreilly)
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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:52 -0400)

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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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