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

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A very enjoyable re-read. Nothing is lost with the passage of time. Unique. ( )
  spartan | May 19, 2015 |
I hadn’t realised when I picked up this book at a secondhand bookshop that it was the film tie-in and had lots of stills from the film and interviews with the actors. If anything, all the trivia in these interviews and how the film got off the ground reinforced my desire never to see any films of books that I’ve enjoyed – always better to stick with the original, although, in this case, of course it was the radio series that came first.

Published in 1979, this novel clearly shows how prescient Adams was with his predictions of such things as ebooks with the description of the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ anticipating very accurately what ebooks would do – and all this before personal computers had taken off.

What, though, holds me, and I suspect the majority of readers, most is Adams’ way of giving such original perspectives on human behaviour. enjoyed this aspect very much but had had enough of his focus on technologies by half way through the book. Still, for its originality it’s not surprising what success Adams had with this introduction to his ‘trilogy’. ( )
  evening | May 17, 2015 |
Arthur Dent is having a horrible day. There are workers outside his home, wanting to demolish it for a freeway. As he's lying on the ground in front of the bulldozer, his friend, Ford Prefect plucks him off the planet just as the Golgons destroy the planet to create a galactic freeway.

As they begin their journey, they meet nutty Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and a very depressed robot named Marvin. Why are people born? Why do they die? What is the answer to Life, the universe, to everything?

This is a hilarious book. You'll laugh yourself silly as this group of beings find out some of these answers. ( )
  Cricket2014 | May 9, 2015 |
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy suffers from the hype imposed on it by all its fans. I picked it up, expecting it to provide big laughs all the way through. But like a long stand-up routine, it simply can't sustain a constant level of hilarity. Some bits will make you laugh out loud, others you'll merely find amusing, and others will not touch your funny bone at all.

But it was a fun diversion, and--hey!--even a book that can make me laugh aloud three or four times through the course of it is quite a gift. ( )
  kvrfan | Apr 25, 2015 |
Raises some deep questions about life, the universe and everything. Splendidly philosophical and layered work, and the humor makes it all so delightful and palatable. ( )
  maximnoronha | Apr 18, 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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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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If there's anything more important than my ego around here, I want it caught and shot now.
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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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Wet, McKenna muttered

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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