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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (original 1979; edition 1995)

by Douglas Adams

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Title:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Del Rey (1995), Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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

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The second time to read this book. I found it a bit more hilarious than the first time I read it but the best part are the first few pages then it loses some of its momentum. Over all, a fun read, audio was well done and I own it so probably will read it again someday. I thought of the talking, annoying robots and computer voices and thought of Hal from 2001 a Space Odyssey and I also thought of those annoying voices of GPS in our vehicles and Siri and Alexa, etc. I think that was forward thinking on the author's part. Rating 2.875. ( )
  Kristelh | May 23, 2017 |
Absolutely brilliant. ( )
  pchr8 | May 11, 2017 |
#laughs for the win. This book was so funny because it just threw stuff at you. For example, "To find the papers I had to go down to the basement that had no stairs into a locked filing cabinet with a sign that said "beware of leopard." This sort of thing happens all throughout the book, which is why I love it. It is especially funny when they were on Magrathea, because it has plenty of jokes in it that are very funny. I also like the fact that the entire thing takes place in space.

The book starts out when Arthur Dent finds a bulldozer outside his house, so being the Earth man he is, Arthur lies in front of the bulldozer. Then Arthur's friend Ford Prefect (who happens not to be human, but from small planet in the vicinity of Betelgeuse) came and told Arthur that they needed to talk urgently. Ford told him that the earth was going to be destroyed by the Vogons. Ford and Arthur then hitchhiked on the Vogon ship. The Vogons then left them out in deep space, and then they were picked up by Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian in the Heart of Gold space ship. They then find the legendary planet Magrathea, a planet that was said to manufacture other planets. After escaping from some missiles, by using the infinite improbability drive they land on Magrathea. Arthur is told to guard the passage that Zaphod found with Marvin, the depressed robot. Slartibartfast finds Arthur and brings him to the manufacture floor. Arthur meets up with Zaphod, Trillian, and Ford at a feast. The mice on the table tell Arthur that they need his brain to find the ultimate question to the answer of life, the universe, and everything (mice are actually hyper-intelligent, pandimensional beings). Arthur and crew escape the planet and head to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. ( )
  AndrewH.BG3 | May 6, 2017 |
I don't think hardcore sci-fi and I go well together. I really felt like a little child wrote this book and an adult added the fancy Words.... ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
best! Must read! ( )
  elena.trintas | Apr 28, 2017 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Adams, DouglasAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary 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 it with 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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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.

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