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The More Than Complete Hitchhikers Guide (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-4 & short stories)

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Includes the first four books and the short story "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe."
Published (first published 1989)
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J.G. Keely
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I knew this to be true--and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature. Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey.

Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you
Cosmic Sher
Brilliant. Just read it already. If you don't get it, wait a couple of years then read it again. Seriously. Oh, and don't panic!
Troy Neujahr
Mar 14, 2017 Troy Neujahr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so cool you could keep a side of meat in it for a month. It is so hip it has difficulty seeing over it's own pelvis. You sass that hoopy Douglas Adams? There's a frood that really knows where his towel is.

True story: This book is so awesome that when I first read it in seventh grade, I deliberately decided to memorize "Xanthic Restructron Destabilized Zenon Emitter."

Oh, and the way in which Arthur Dent finally has pleasant things happen to him in "So Long and Thanks for All the Fi
Nov 26, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: andrew-s, sf, fiction, owned
A re-read. Obviously.

Read the entire thing aloud to Jefferson as bedtime story night after night. It took ages.

In recognition of both my father reading the first book to me as a bedtime story when I was a wee lass, and Andrew's many, many readings of this book in grad school. Bedtime story often became a whole family affair.

Thoughts on reading it all again: The first book and the fourth book are definitely my favorites. The second and third I could largely do without, except you'd miss the whole
May 28, 2011 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-be-reread
I wasn't too thrilled with this book. I think I expected a lot more of it due to its fame than it could deliver, and that's probably part of the reason. I don't regret reading this, but I doubt I'll read the fifth book in the series (which is not included in this collection, oddly enough). It was funny at times, but I got bored pretty quickly; that's why it took me so long to read it. It was, I am a bit ashamed to say, a relief to finally finish this book so that I could move on to the next one ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fiction
Entertainment-1 Stars
Education- 1 Star
Readability- 1 star
Innovation- 0 Stars
Inspiration- 1 Stars

I loved this book. It was pretty easy to read and very funny. Comedy is difficult :)

Marvin the robot captures my view of the world. I know this is most unfortunate. But it doesn't really matter anyway as we will all be dead and gone when the sun goes supernova in 5 billion years. We'll just mope along till then.

The part where the aliens send their invasion force to earth and turns out they are about t
Jun 28, 2012 Rhettreaux rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
When the first two words that popped into my mind to describe this series of books were "endearing" and "mind-opening", I realized how unique this book truly is. The characters are so human (even when they are decidedly NOT), vulnerable, and understandable even while the scenarios they are hurled into are bizarre, inexplicable, and inscrutable. This book made me laugh out loud while I was reading it and made me contemplate how we are tiny specks in the universe whenever I set it down.

Don't feel
Mar 11, 2013 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently, a show on our NPR station replayed over several weeks the BBC radio series of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which prompted me to get out my copy and read it again. It still holds up, makes me laugh out loud and provides words of wisdom to live by. Today would have been Adam's 61 birthday and the Google Doodle is a fitting tribute.

Mar 31, 2009 Ben rated it really liked it
i only give this 4 stars because of the 2 times i bought this version, the binding was terrible... the book fell apart on me. still the best series, but just not my favorite edition
Fiona Russo
Apr 01, 2013 Fiona Russo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite compilation.
Alex Guo
sometimes not exciting, a real mind bender though
Mar 19, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Adams signed my copy...
Courtney Harbin
This is a funny and clever read. Adams takes everything we think we know and turns it all upside down. The comedy, especially in the first two books, is great. The characters are all wonderful. I am especially fond of Marvin and Fenchurch. There were times where I felt the story was dragging, especially in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, but it's still entertaining enough. It's worth checking out at least once. I know I will be reading this again.
Gavin Felgate
Oct 13, 2014 Gavin Felgate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have previously read the full Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, but felt like reading this again. This is an old publication, from before the fifth part, Mostly Harmless, but includes the first four books.

The plot to the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is quite well-known with the story of Earth being demolished to make was for an international hyperspace bypass, so I won't say much about it except that it's an absolute classic, with hilarious moments that make me want to read
Oct 14, 2010 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Can you keep up with the plot?
What would you do if your planet was spontaneously invaded by aliens and then blown up to make a pathway for an intergalactic highway? Well, probably nothing considering you would be dead… but Arthur isn’t! The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is an overly dramatic science fiction novel by Douglas Adams, set on different planets throughout the galaxy. In this story Arthur, Ford, Zaphod, Marvin, and Trillian travel through the world
Mar 06, 2014 D.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a thrilling space adventure with loads of action, a veritable menagerie of wacky space critters and names from no earthly language, please look elsewhere. In spite of the science fiction trappings herein, Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series is comic writing of the finest grade first and foremost. He has merely used the genre as a vehicle for his twisted sense of humour and perfect comedic phrasing.
This edition collects what were at time of publication the entirety of the saga:
Stephanie A. Higa
After reading this I feel like I've overdosed on wit. The writing is extremely clever down to every line, and maybe that's why people are bonkers about the Hitchhiker books, but for me, the continuous droll/cutesy observations about everything got stale pretty quickly. These books aren't bad--they're smart and well-written and most likely meant to be "funny" in that quiet, smirking way. It just seemed to me that Douglas Adams was telling the same jokes over and over again.

The plot is thin. Very
Sep 09, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
My review of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is already included elsewhere on this site, so I’ll start with the second novel in the trilogy.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is almost as good as the first novel in the trilogy, with a lot of wordplay, humor, and comic events. In this novel, there is time travel, loud music and a Lord of the Flies situation. One complaint: the storyline involving Zaphod, while it has some interesting incidents, does not really hold together.

Life, the
Lord Cantalo
Sep 26, 2012 Lord Cantalo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Critter Reyome
The Epitome of Awesomeness. All four of the original Hitchhiker's guide novels in one easy to carry volume, plus an additional short story that brings up a little extra background. If you've seen the movie…well, you need to read the books anyway, there was so much different between the stories as written, and as they were presented on screen. Hell, there were differences from the books to the radio scripts…all of this is more-or-less explained by Douglas in his introduction, which also contains ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember when I first saw this edition. I was in high school and I walked into the local Waldenbooks. They had a display of leather bound editions of classics of Western Literature. War and Peace, Tom Sawyer, A Tale of Two Cities, etc.. I browsed the display, and I stopped at one book. A leather bound edition of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker books. This was before Mostly Harmless was released, I think this leather bound edition was later re-released with Mostly Harmless in it. Anyways... seeing t ...more
Jun 17, 2007 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of humorous satire and Sci-fi
I'm still working on it. Finished Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I found it funny and thought provoking, though the thoughts it provoked were slightly less relevent now than they were just 10 years ago. My biggest thought while reading it is why SO MANY of its fans had a big problem with the U.S.A made movie from a few years ago. Ok it had a happy ending, but its movies..unless they are a horror movie they will more often then not, have a happy ending. Anyways, this isn't goodflicks, its good ...more
Karen Radcliff
May 02, 2016 Karen Radcliff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As ever, I love this book. I'm never prepared for the rabbit-hole it becomes; the references are often so randomly generated that I can't remember a planet name, or put this planet with that action, or that character's backstory with that alien race. Generally I feel that I am Arthur Dent, that I am this everyman character, pulled along almost without will, a series of experiences, odd environments, and emotions that are unsettling and often unhappy. Arthur's need for a cup of tea after trying, ...more
Oct 27, 2011 Hephaestus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hephaestus' rating system:

5 Stars: The book went above and beyond my expectations, delivering a tremendous literary understanding while not sacrificing the pacing of a compelling story.

4 Stars: The book was everything I had hoped it would be, delivering a terrific story while not blowing my mind.

3 Stars: The book was average - which does NOT mean bad. The book may have been well written, but the story was nothing special.

2 Stars: The book was below average. It did not meet my expectations and
Apr 11, 2011 Jules rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liked-it, scif-if
Book 1: I don't really remember what happens, but I know I liked it a few months ago!
Book 2: This one was definitely my favorite. I like it when the story is told from Zaphod's point of view. Arthur just irks me somehow...
Book 3: I barely could follow what was going on, but that was probably becuase I read most of it on a loud and crowded school bus.
Book 4: REALLY weird ending. Usually I don't like Arthur's point of view on a story, but I like Fenchurch, so she makes up for it ;-) And also, this
Христо Блажев

ВНИМАНИЕ! БЕЗ ПАНИКА! Дори ако ще разрушават къщата ви заради някакъв си околовръстен път. Няма смисъл да се ядосвате – цялата планета подлежи на унищожение заради космическа супермагистрала. С тази задача са натоварени вогоните – а те са упорита раса във всяко едно зловещо отношение, включително убийствената им (често буквално) поезия. И желанието да трепят елмазени раци с чукове също.

Артър Дент има кофти ден. Не знае, че
Jun 24, 2007 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: recently-read
Hilarious, witty, well written, well crafted, I can't say enough about this perennial favorite. I usually re-read it about once a year because it's just that good. It follows the unusually unlucky everyman Arthur Dent as he flees from the destruction of the earth into a series of impossible, unimaginable, and downright implausible adventures through the galaxy. Be aware that this particular leather-bound hardcover edition was published before "Life, the Universe, and Everything," and so, like ev ...more
Oct 14, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is about 700+ pages of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a very entertaining series of books that provide, oddly, a lot of cultural reference even here in the US. Things like the number 42, why it's not bad to have two heads, etc. I'm stuck around 3.5 stars. It was getting long towards the end as I felt that book four was pushing it a little with new characters (kinda, at least alternate dimensional characters). I think reading them one at a time while interspersing them with other ...more
Jan 22, 2010 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi canon fans
Quite entertaining. really fun in spots and on planes... and if you're like me, it's an easy one to chug-a-lug. Great book to take on a trip because you can read it fast and get rid of it, making room in your suitcase for a number of souvenirs. I myself just left a copy in calcutta, along with a worn-out pair of green adidas rod laver tennis shoes that had been collecting filth from all over india. A scab at the airport wouldn't accept it for a tip for helping us load baggage into the car (you c ...more
Marie Finnegan
Mar 20, 2016 Marie Finnegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok so the first 3 in the series I read back in high school. I decided to re-read because I needed something to counteract the current news. (It is all depressing isn't it?) And I couldn't just re-read and not continue the series now could I? It was as I remember, a ridiculous romp through the improbabilities of a galaxy where little makes any real sense at all. I loved it. Now I'm off to read the last book of the series by Eoin Colfer who picked up the baton after Douglas Adams death. May he R.I ...more
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Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was co ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (6 books)
  • Young Zaphod Plays It Safe
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4)
  • Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5)

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