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The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (The Hitch-Hiker's Guide… (original 1979; edition 2008)

by Douglas Adams (Author), James Gunn (Introduction)

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Member:BearPutnam
Title:The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Volume 1)
Authors:Douglas Adams (Author)
Other authors:James Gunn (Introduction)
Info:Easton Press (2008), Edition: Limited Collector's, 207 pages
Collections:Easton Press, Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Science Fiction

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

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A fun and quick read. There's humor aplenty here, and most of it is very dry, which I love. I look forward to reading the rest. ( )
  jrg1316 | Jun 20, 2019 |
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  IlsaK | Jun 20, 2019 |
What is to say? Don't Panic. Best book with the end of the earth at the beginning. ( )
  Eoin | Jun 3, 2019 |
Pan galactic gargle blaster. Period. ( )
  Deracine | May 1, 2019 |
this review is for the audiobook edition, narrated by stephen fry.

i have not read this book for a long, long time. stephen fry is the prefect voice for this book, so i am very glad i took the opportunity to give it a listen. while the story remains clever and ridiculously fun, elements of the book that were amazing to me in my late-teens/early-twenties didn't standout quite so much. still, if you are in need of something escapist, to give your overworked and overstressed brain a rest, douglas adams offers a distracting balm. ( )
  Booktrovert | Apr 28, 2019 |
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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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Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Don't Panic
Dedication
for
Johnny Brock and Clare Gorst
and all other Arlingtonians
for tea, sympathy, and a sofa
First words
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow star.
Quotations
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?
(hreilly)
Wet, McKenna muttered
A curse up to God;
The clouds laughed.
Shall we hitchhike space?

Let's, for to stay here on Earth

Is mostly harmless.

(benscripps)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:52 -0400)

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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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