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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Mass Market Paperback]

Douglas Adams
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romp of Cosmic Proportions! May 2 2005
Format:Paperback
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a book by Douglas Adams. It is arguably one of the funniest books in the galaxy. This is an incredibly imaginative, colorful, and hilarious novel by English author Douglas Adams that will have you turning the pages until you reach the last one, and then leave you wanting more. But don't panic! There are a total of five books in the trilogy.
The story begins with our hero Arthur Dent, who is about to have his house demolished in order that a bypass might be built where it stands. Little does he know that on this, the worst of all Thursdays ever, that doesn't mean much because the Earth is about to be demolished to build a hyperspace bypass through the solar system. Luckily for him, his close friend Ford Prefect turns out to be a field researcher for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a sort of electronic encyclopedia, and is from Betelgeuse.
Ford explains to Arthur that the demise of his planet is imminent, and whisks him away to a spaceship at the last moment. Thus begins the fun, and along the way we'll meet more interesting characters, visit the end of the universe, discover the true origins of mankind, see the earth created (and destroyed), and find out that we are only the third most intelligent species on the planet. We'll also learn more about the guide it self, and why it sells so well: it has the words "Don't Panic" inscribed in large letters on the cover.
Adams writing style is chock full of original and entertaining metaphors and descriptions. We see spaceships that hang in the sky "much in the way that bricks don't", monsters so stupid that they assume if you can't see them, they can't see you; and learn it's unpleasant to be drunk: just ask a glass of water.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget to bring a towel Jan. 3 2003
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:School & Library Binding
No matter how many times I read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I've read it quite a few times already, it never fails to thrill me and induce bouts of almost uncontrollably hearty laughter. With this novel, Douglas Adams gave life to a phenomenon that will long outlive his tragically short life, delighting millions of readers for untold years to come. I'm not sure if science fiction had ever seen anything like this before 1979. This is science fiction made to laugh at itself while honoring its rich tradition, but it is much more than that. Adams' peculiarly dead-on humor also draws deeply from the well of sociology, philosophy, and of course science. Whenever Adams encountered a sacred cow of any sort, he milked it dry before moving on. Beneath the surface of utter hilarity, Adams actually used his sarcasm and wit to make some rather poignant statements about this silly thing called life and the manner in which we are going about living it. This is one reason the book is so well-suited for multiple readings-a high level of enjoyment is guaranteed each time around, and there are always new insights to be gained from Adams' underlying, oftentimes subtle, ideas and approach.
Arthur Dent is your normal human being, and so he naturally is more concerned about his house being knocked down than facing the fact that the world is about to end. His friend Ford Prefect, he comes to learn, is actually a researcher from a planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, but before he can even begin to comprehend this fact, he finds himself zipped up into the confines of the Vogon space cruiser that has just destroyed the planet Earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dec 19 2005
Format:Paperback
Okay. A review without a synopsis or, in fact, a review. If you're on this page, if you're reading these words, then you've heard of Hitchhiker's and you want me, as a total stranger, to tell you if it's any good or if you should buy it or not.
Just buy it. Don't ask questions. Just buy it. And read it.
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in (1) Sci-Fi, (2) Humour, (3) PG Wodehouse. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, with its sequels, stands in a genre of its own. It has been compared to other iconic British comedy such as Monty Python material, or such tongue-in-cheekers as Dr Who. While these share a history with Hitchhiker's and its author, Hitchhiker's has its own unique contribution to make to contemporary entertainment and contemporary literature.
No need for a synopsis or a gushing review here. You can Google hundreds (if not thousands) of websites, some fan-driven, some professional, that will tell you all you need to know (and much that you probably wish you could avoid). And you can always see the fair-to-middling 2005 Spyglass Pictures movie for the general plot (with significant studio-pleasing alterations). But nothing can compare to the almost real thing: The Book.
Almost real, because the real real thing is the original and unsurpassed BBC radio series (1978-80). You can still buy that one on CD. If you want to experience the majesty of Hitchhiker's in the medium its episodic and staccato plot was originally penned to fit, then get the radio series. Otherwise read the book(s).
Why? Because I said so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTLEY BRILLIANT!
Excellent book! Recommended to any Sci-Fi fan or anyone wanting a funny, intriguing read! Douglas Adams at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read.
I actually bought this book as a Christmas gift. I've read it before and loved it, and if you are a science fiction reader it should be on your must read list. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic sci-fi novel for all ages
This book is on my top 10 list as a must read. Whether you are a sci-fi aficionado or not. This book will appeal to all ages and interests. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Scott W.
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I own Hitchhiker's as a paperback, or I did, until I loaned it to somebody and it was lost. I just wanted to say how funny it was to read the forward by Russell Davies about paper... Read more
Published 10 months ago by fevre
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book
This is a great book, recommended reading for anyone who has see the movie or television series. Will definitely be moving on to the sequels.
Published 10 months ago by Simon Rivard
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
I have read this book and the subsequent books many times! More than 10! Classic and wonderful! Every time I open it, I find some new twist that I missed last time. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joan
2.0 out of 5 stars Gargleblaster
Years ago I had "The Hitchhikers Guide........." on tape. (Abridged) I was looking to replace it as it was such a favourite. It was superior in every way to this recording. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchhiker's Guide
This is the Novel version of Hitchhicker's read in full by Stephen Fry. Brilliantly done, very entertaining! If you are looking for the original radio series then this is not it.
Published on Oct. 29 2011 by Mike Ounsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I usually don't fall in love with a book so quickly, but this one stole my heart and captured my attention right from the off. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2011 by Liana
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
This book was probably the best one I have read this year. I've heard of the series before, but I hadn't got around to reading it till now! Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2011 by Adam
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