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More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide (original 1987; edition 1994)

by Douglas Adams

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Title:More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Wings Books (1994), Edition: Later Printing, Hardcover
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Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect narrowly escape the destruction of the Earth by hitching a ride on a passing spaceship; madcap hijinks and adventures across the universe and across time soon follow.

These books have moved to the category of best beloved, so I cannot review them objectively. I first read them as a teenager, and they were imprinted on my heart. I read them every so often when I need a good dose of Adams' snarky humor. They never fail to deliver.

Last reread in 2013 (Hitchhiker's Guide only). ( )
  sturlington | Aug 15, 2013 |
A highly literate and very well written space opera/satire about human kind and our various oddities, foibles, and well, tendency to state the very obvious. While the plot often pretends to be completely absurd, it frequently touches on disturbing truths about homo sapiens sapiens and also offers interesting insights from whole new perspectives. Is this a serious book? No not at all. It is highly comedic and would definitely be classed as light fiction...except for when it isn't. It is also full of delightful imagery and turns of phrase. A must both for the literati and the drinker and that is rare indeed. So if you are looking for new ideas, you'll find them here. If you are looking for crude jokes about the guy in the local pub, you'll find that, too. A great read, period. ( )
2 vote D.ElaineCalderin | Jul 30, 2013 |
Adams was a great humorist who turned pessimist toward the end of his life — sort of a postmodern English Mark Twain. This volume (the 1989 edition) contains:

  • 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

  • "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" (short story)

It's not really "more than complete" because it's missing the last Hitchhiker book, Mostly Harmless, in which the author zaps the entire universe with a shrug and a mirthless laugh.
  Muscogulus | Jul 29, 2012 |
Although I tried to read the first novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy when I was too young for Brit humour (ok, except for Benny Hill, because let's face it, BH wasn't terribly intellectual), I was pleased to discover years later - in my teens, like many Adams' fans - that the Galaxy according to Douglas Adams is a hilarious and intriguing place to be. If you are able to take yourself and the world not at all seriously for hours at a time, if you understand that the meaning of life may be calculated but no one really needs the answer, and if you see the value in always having a towel close to hand, grab this mammoth compendium of (as per the cover) increasingly inaccurately titled Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy. ( )
  puckrobin | Jan 7, 2011 |
The first book is by far the best, a near perfect comedic classic. The rest are still good, but reading this whole omnibus at once was almost too much of the same. Probably would have been better off spacing them out a bit. ( )
  gansadorf | Sep 20, 2010 |
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There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another which states that this has already happened. (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)
For Jonny Brock and Clare Gorst
and all other Arlingtonians
for tea, sympathy and a sofa
(The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
To Jane and James

with many thanks
to Geoffrey Perkins for achieving the Improbable
to Paddy Kingsland, Lisa Braun and Alick Hale Munro for helping him
to John Lloyd for his help with the original Milliways script
to Simon Brett for starting the whole thing off

to the Paul Simon album One Trick Pony which I played incessantly while writing this book. Five years is far too long

And with very special thanks to Jacqui Graham for infinite patience, kindness and food in adversity. (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)
For Sally (Life, the Universe and Everything)
for Jane

with thanks
to Rick and Heidi for the loan of
their stable event
to Mogens and Andy and all at
Huntsham Court for a number of
unstable events
and especially to Sonny Mehta
for being stable through all events. (So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish)
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The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The regular early morning yell of horror was the sound of Arthur Dent waking up and suddenly remembering where he was. - Life, the Universe and Everything
That evening it was dark early, which was normal for the time of the year. - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
A large flying craft moved swiftly across the surface of an astoundingly beautiful sea. - Young Zaphod Plays It Safe
"Don't panic."
"The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is … 42."
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. This planet has—or rather had—a problem, which was this: most of the people on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches. Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans.
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The "More Than Complete" HH Guide contains the first 4 book PLUS "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" (unlike "A Trilogy in Four Parts" which contains the first 4 books but not the extra story).
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In this collection of novels, Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction, and embarks on a series of amazing adventures with his new companion.

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