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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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19,670167240 (4.43)1 / 55
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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    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.
  3. 31
    And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer (Anonymous user)
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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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    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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I enjoy having a beautiful copy with all the books. The first book is the best, The quality of the later books are not as good. There is a cute short story included - Young Zaphod Plays is Safe. ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 26, 2024 |
The hitchhiker's guide to the universe
I re-read this one the last few days. It's been a while, but it's still funny. Couldn't read it in long stretches, though. I guess the story is too incoherent for that...

The restaurant at the end of the universe
Amusing. What's more to say? It's got some good jokes and a convoluted story.

Life, the universe and everything was funny (but what would you expect) and chaotic. I can't read any of the HHG books in one go: the books are too disjointed for that. Instead, I read a few chapters every now and then, usually before I go to sleep. This does mean that the chaotic story line is difficult to follow. Now I realize that the HHG books are not about the story line. The story line is just there to hang the jokes on. Still, I think I may have missed some of the fun by not remembering how the characters got to their current position every other chapter. The book was entertaining however, so even though I know it's the worst book in the series, I'll continue with number 4. ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2024 |
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 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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.
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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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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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