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

by Douglas Adams

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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.
Title:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Del Rey (1995), Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)

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The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy has been on TBR bookshelf for several years after a student in my creative writing class recommended it, but not until recently did I get to it, and am I glad I finally did! The audiobook version is entertaining, with the voice actor, Stephen Fry, doing an excellent job of creating a distinct voice for each character. The book is well written and fun to read, with surprising plot twists that are never predictable, and characters that are quirky and memorable. My former student loaned me the complete guide with all five books, and I can’t wait to dive into the other four to discover whatever worlds and scenarios await me. Listening to the book, I felt like I was hitchhiking my way across the universe and into previously undiscovered worlds. ( )
  LoriFox | Oct 24, 2020 |
Meh ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
I suppose there comes a time when most people come across a book that has been universally acclaimed but they just cannot see what even a tenth of the fuss was about.

This that book for. I honestly cannot see what the 5 star reviews saw that I didn't. I found the plot boring, the jokes unfunny and reading it was more painful than dragging my nutsack over twenty yards of broken glass.

I love science fiction/fantasy books, I also like comedy books.... maybe I struggle with the combination of the two? I just felt as if it was trying to be too clever and the humour just seemed a bit pointless and mostly passed me by:

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”

“Space is 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's, but that's just peanuts to space.”


Anyway, I know I am in the minority and it is a very small majority, but this tale of Arthur Dent and his quest to find the legendary planet of Magrathea following the Earths destruction, just didn't do it for me.

Maybe 42 was the page I should have stopped reading at. ( )
2 vote Bridgey | Aug 24, 2020 |
Humorous and great ( )
  MarianneAudio | Aug 23, 2020 |
This was a fun little read with a lot of character. After hearing about this book for years I was surprised to see it was one in a series. I realise now that when people say “you should read hitchhikers guide to the galaxy” they mean the series and not the book. I was somewhat disappointed that the story didn’t have a resolution because I’m not sold on continuing the series.

I feel rather terrible giving such a highly loved book 3 stars but I didn’t find there was anything outstanding about it. Adams was a joyful writer though and while I had a great time reading about Arthur and his companions I thought the book overall didn’t deliver. I understand why this book thrived in the 80s and maybe I would have loved it more if I was a kid in that generation.

I think ultimately I was expecting something that this book was never going to deliver. It rating on the humour alone I think I would have rated it a 4 ( )
  mackinsquash | Aug 15, 2020 |
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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, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, Russell TForewordsecondary 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
Stamp, RobbieAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wright, IanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Don't Panic
Johnny 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 star.
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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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.

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Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001.
Γυρίστε τον γαλαξία με ωτοστόπ / Douglas Adams · μετάφραση Δημήτρης Αρβανίτης. - 1η έκδ. - Αθήνα : Ars Longa, 1987. - 162σ. · 22x12.2εκ. - (Γυρίστε τον Γαλαξία με Ωτοστόπ · 1)
Γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου: αγγλικά
Τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1979
ISBN 978-960-6868-64-1 (Μαλακό εξώφυλλο) [Εξαντλημένο]
Haiku summary
Arthur's drab lifestyle/The answer is forty two/What is the question?
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.


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