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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas…

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide (original 1992; edition 1996)

by Douglas Adams

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Don't Panic: collected together in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Boxset are the five novels comprising Douglas Adams' hilarious "Triology in Five Parts." Wildly popular and wholly unique, this bestselling series needs no introduction and is indispensable for would-be galactic travellers and Douglas Adams fans, old and new.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyOne Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be rather a lot to cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun. The Galaxy may offer a mind-boggling variety of ways to be blown up and/or insulted, but it's very hard to get a cup of tea.The Restaurant at the End of the UniverseWhen all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains - 'Where shall we have dinner?' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.Life, the Universe and EverythingFollowing a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. An eddy in the space-time continuum lands him, Ford Prefect, and their flying sofa in the middle of the cricket ground at Lord's, just two days before the world is due to be destroyed by the Vogons. Escaping the end of the world for a second time, Arthur, Ford, and their old friend Slartibartfast embark (reluctantly) on a mission to save the whole galaxy from fanatical robots. Not bad for a man in his dressing gown... So Long, and Thanks for All the FishThere is a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It's not an easy thing to do, and Arthur Dent thinks he's the only human who's been able to master this nifty little trick - until he meets Fenchurch, the woman of his dreams. Fenchurch once realised how the world could be made a good and happy place. Unfortunately, she's forgotten. Convinced that the secret lies within God's Final Message to His Creation, they go in search of it. And, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it... Mostly HarmlessArthur Dent has settled down on the small planet Lamuella and has embraced his role as a Sandwich Maker. However, his plans for a quiet life are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter. There's nothing worse than a frustrated teenager with a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in their hands. When she runs away, Arthur goes after her determined to save her from the horrors of the universe. After all - he's encountered most of them before... Share and enjoy Douglas Adams' mega-selling trilogy in five parts in this retro paperback boxset - charting the whole of Arthur Dent's hilariously strange odyssey through space and time!… (more)
Title:The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Wings (1996), Edition: Complete & Unabridged, Hardcover, 832 pages
Collections:Your library

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts by Douglas Adams (1992)

  1. 90
    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett (ShelfMonkey)
  2. 60
    The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams (jabberwockiness)
    jabberwockiness: Published posthumously - drabbles from Douglas Adams himself. Enjoy!
  3. 30
    Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic by Terry Jones (dagnirath)
  4. 20
    Going Bovine by Libba Bray (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Improbable road trips while dealing with the End of Everything.
  5. 10
    Astrotruckers by Mikael Niemi (andejons)
    andejons: Similarly absurd stories set in space, even if Niemi has more grime.
  6. 10
    Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion by Neil Gaiman (antihero)
    antihero: This is a great book about the life of Douglas Adams, with a focus on all things Hitchhiker.
  7. 00
    Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley (pratchettfan)
    pratchettfan: Dimension of Miracles of Miracles and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy share the same mindset of strange, intelligent and witty sci-fi. If you loved one of them you'll love the other too!
  8. 00
    The Ultimate Inferior Beings by Mark Roman (rretzler)
    rretzler: Science fiction with a dry wit.
  9. 00
    Smith by Mike Devlin (tottman)
    tottman: Both have a wacky, offbeat sense of humor and adventure. They tell tales of fish-out-of-water earthmen on hilarious romps across the universe.
  10. 01
    Wilt by Tom Sharpe (kullfarr)

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Got through half of this, 2-3 books, before deciding that:
- it's not actually funny. At all.
- much, much better for teenagers
- and something else.

Abandoned. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
Det är en helt vanlig morgon för Arthur Dent; inte alls olik andra morgnar. Åtminstone inte förrän han inser att det står en bulldozer och massor av arbetare utanför hans fönster. Det visar sig nämligen att hans hus måste rivas då en ny genomfartsled ska byggas och hans hus råkar stå precis i vägen. Men när han ligger där i gyttan i bara badrocken dyker hans vän Ford förbi. Han har nyheter som kräver att protesten ligger på is bara en liten stund.

Själva Jorden är nämligen på väg att sprängas för att ge plats åt en intergalatisk genomfartsled. Ford vet detta för han själv är utomjording; han hamnade på Jorden på grund av studier för det digitala uppslagsverket Liftarens guide till galaxen. Men nu ser han sin chans att återvända hem, denna gång med Arthur eftersom Jorden ändå ska förintas. I sista sekund lyckas de lifta med ett av skeppen i Vogonflottan vars uppgift är att röja Jorden ur vägen.

Ungefär samtidigt stjäl Fords halvkusin Zaphod Beeblebrox stjäl det nya rymdskeppet Hjärtat av Guld från dess premiärvisning. Det är ett skepp som drivs med hjälp av en oändlig osannolikhet. Hjärtat av Guld är nämligen det enda skeppet i universum som kan hjälpa honom på traven med de planer han smider. Problemet är bara att inte riktigt vet vad dessa planer är...

Det är en osannolik bok där allt och inget kan hända. Hela boken känns som ett enda citat; det är svårt att välja de bästa delarna; man skulle bli tvungen att inkludera hela boken. Samtidigt som den är full av klockrena och ironiska repliker och beskrivningar så är den även fascinerande djup. På ett sådant där jobbigt sätt som man helst ignorerar fast man vet att det är omöjligt. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |

But the somewhat weak ending can never ever take away from books 1 & 2, they're so many stars that the average still comes out way above 5. ( )
  expatscot | Jun 5, 2019 |
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Mostly Harmless
  majackson | Jun 2, 2019 |
I still remember that it was 1997 when I read this book, and that much of it was hysterical, and actually practical. Especially the never panic and always carry a towel -things I still try to do today. The rest of it, though I adore British humor, I found sufficiently depressing to not enjoy, nor even finish, the Resto. at the end of the Universe.

30.10.12015 HE today, but read in the year 11997. Holocene Calendar
Shira (Destinie then...) ( )
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lindgren, NilleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Markkula, PekkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarikivi, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tidholm, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Jonny 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.
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Collected Books 1-5 Only. This omnibus does NOT include the short story "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe". This is NOT the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide.
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Set including 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', 'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe', 'Life, The Universe and Everything', 'So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish' and 'Mostly Harmless'.
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