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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the…

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

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    The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (bluehooloovo, Morteana)
    bluehooloovo: Absurdity in a pure-fantasy world, rather than a soft-sci-fi world.
  2. 20
    And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer (Anonymous user)
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    Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston (bluehooloovo)
    bluehooloovo: Humor in space! They're practically soul-mates, though Starfighters is a Star Wars book, with all that entails. But Aaron Allston really brings the funny, though it's a different kind of funny than most of Adams's.
  4. 22
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (GaryPatella)
    GaryPatella: Although the plots and writing styles are very distinct, it seemed to me like Douglas Adams and Joseph Heller had a similar sense of humour. I think that those who enjoy the humour in Hitchhiker's Guide will also enjoy the humour of Catch-22.
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    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (bluehooloovo)
    bluehooloovo: Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction to this omnibus, and I think that most Adams fans will find a kindred spirit in Gaiman and enjoy his books.

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This whopper of a book--actually several novels contained within one collection, started out well. Douglas Adams wrote these novels with a sense of humor and a quirky way of looking at the Universe.

The last book in the collection really seemed to drag, though, as though the author had had it with the series and just wanted to get it over and done with--which he did, leaving some loose ends in the process.

I'm glad I read this book--Adams did a good job of pulling me into the quirky storyworld he had created. His sense of humor and tying in the expected with the unexpected made the first few novels an enjoyable read. ( )
  Cheryl.Russell | May 25, 2019 |
I started reading these in high school and was blown away by the laugh-out-loud absurdity and satire. Adams always goes for laughs and explores so many outlandish ideas and situations. Utterly hilarious. ( )
  xiaomarlo | Apr 17, 2019 |
The story is intricate, and beautifully woven, involving inter/intra galactic worlds, employing science and of course probability.
This sci-fi book takes some of the major metaphysics questions (or at times put some, if deeply thought, in its own way) - pertaining to cosmology, universe, epistemology in a humour, which is imaginative, innovative, and illuminating on the subject. Right from addressing philosophical questions to attending idiosyncrasies of each character to the description of each one of them - in books lingua - is humorous, very humorous, really humorous, humorously humorous.
I have always enjoyed Doulas Adams' playful use or misuse of our language.
Surrealiously folks, you have to read it to believe it. And you won't believe it! ( )
  iSatyajeet | Nov 21, 2018 |
I often see requests for “life-changing” books that have “shaped you as a person.” I want to recommend The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy every time I see one of those. I almost never do because, well, they’re probably looking for something more traditionally spiritual and would think I was having them on.

The thing is, I discovered the Guide when I was 12 years old and have reread it constantly throughout my life along with watching the TV series, listening to the radio show, reading the radio show, and watching the movie. It played a fundamental role in shaping my perspective. In so far as life philosophies go, it’s the basis of a pretty good one. There are far worse ways to go through this life than laughing at the absurdity of the universe.

If you don’t like this series, then we’ll probably never be close friends. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not judging you as being a bad person (okay, so I’m trying not to judge you as being a bad person), but if you don’t understand these books then you won’t really understand me. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Nov 18, 2018 |
I lose respect for anyone who doesn't love this book. That said, a person could (should?) easily forget about 40% of it. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
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The history of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is now so complicated that every time I tell it I contradict myself, and whenever I do get it right I'm misquoted.
Don't panic.
"You'd better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It's unpleasantly like being drunk."

"What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"

"You ask a glass of water."
"Well," said Ford, "if we're lucky it's just the Vogons come to throw us into space."

"And if we're unlucky?"

"If we're unlucky," said Ford grimly, "the captain might be serious in his threat that he's going to read us some of his poetry first."
Resistance is useless! (Vogon soldier shouting)
Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345453743, Paperback)

It's safe to say that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest science fiction novels ever written. Adams spoofs many core science fiction tropes: space travel, aliens, interstellar war--stripping away all sense of wonder and repainting them as commonplace, even silly.

This omnibus edition begins with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction. Then in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur and his new friends travel to the end of time and discover the true reason for Earth's existence. In Life, the Universe, and Everything, the gang goes on a mission to save the entire universe. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish recounts how Arthur finds true love and "God's Final Message to His Creation." Finally, Mostly Harmless is the story of Arthur's continuing search for home, in which he instead encounters his estranged daughter, who is on her own quest. There's also a bonus short story, "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe," more of a vignette than a full story, which wraps up this completist's package of the Don't Panic chronicles. As the series progresses, its wackier elements diminish, but the satire of human life and foibles is ever present. --Brooks Peck

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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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