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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1-5, 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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    The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (bluehooloovo, Morteana)
    bluehooloovo: Absurdity in a pure-fantasy world, rather than a soft-sci-fi world.
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    And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer (Anonymous user)
  3. 42
    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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    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.
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    American Gods {original} 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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I really enjoyed Adams satirical style of writing. The underlying hints of humor. I really need to spend time to reread the whole series again. ( )
  Luzader | Oct 25, 2023 |
Having re-read this book for the first time in ~20 years, I'm struck with how unfunny this book (well, the books inside of this omnibus) is. I shouldn't have re-read it, and instead let it linger in my memory as a hilarious tome. I don't know if it's because I'm older, or times have changed, or what, but this book just sucked. And Trillian is literally the worst female sci-fi trope. ( )
  lemontwist | Sep 6, 2023 |
Satirical, funny, an interesting theory. I loved all the books contained in this massive volume, and finished the whole thing in a week. ( )
  LinBee83 | Aug 23, 2023 |
Dit boek is geen dijenkletser, het heeft een veel subtieler soort humor, waar niet iedereen van houdt. Ik vind het echter geweldig. Het is bizar, sarcastisch en enorm goed geschreven. Geen snackboekje, maar een zeer pikante vijfsterren maaltijd door een topkok die absoluut zijn dag had. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
The series as a whole is excellent, and having all 5 novels together makes it super convenient. The descriptions Adams uses throughout are comical and make for a funny and enjoyable read. I personally thought that the series sagged a bit plot-wise in the middle, but the descriptions alone make it worth reading all of. ( )
  Griffin_Reads | Jul 15, 2023 |
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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Introduction: A GUIDE TO THE GUIDE
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.
The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village. It stood on its own and looked out over a broad spread of West Country farmland. Not a remarkable house by any means—it was about thirty years old, squattish, squarish, made of brick, and had four windows set in the front of a size and proportion which more or less exactly failed to please the eye.
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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Includes Collected Books 1-5, Plus a bonus story Young Zaphod Plays it Safe.
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