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

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The More Than Complete Hitchhikers Guide Douglas Adams
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published October 16th 1989 by Bonanza Books (first published 1989)
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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...more
Irene
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
Brian
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...more
Rhettreaux
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...more
Vicky
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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/c...


D.M.
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:...more
Ben
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
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!
Matt
Douglas Adams signed my copy...
Fiona Russo
My favorite compilation.
Dan
Aug 07, 2010 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Olivia
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...more
Jeremy
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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
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...more
Dan
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
Jesse
Jun 17, 2007 Jesse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Hephaestus
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...more
James
Jun 24, 2007 James rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jules
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...more
Христо Блажев
ПЪТЕВОДИТЕЛЯТ! ДЪГЛАС АДАМС! 42!
http://www.knigolandia.info/2011/02/4...

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...more
Josh
Jan 22, 2010 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars 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
Matt
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
TL Jeffcoat
I'm not usually into reading things that are just plain unbelievably silly, but not only did I read the book from beginning to end, then watch the movie, I even read the rest of the books in the series. I was amazed at how the randomness of the book just flowed together and not once did I ever read it and say, why is that even relevant or why did Adams write this? I just laughed my buns off. I probably won't ever read it again, but if you love things like Austin Powers, although less crude, this...more
Aleisha Brumbley
Best flippen book ever! This book made me stop taking everything seriously and inspired me to build an improbability drive in one of the partitioned sectors of my brain. Delectably stimulating the pontification of the sheer ridiculousness of politics and materials and educating on the finer points of being an intergalactic ambassador, this book has it all! Sex appeal, intrigue, suspense, humor, philosophy, and even a guide on the art of levitation. A must read that sums it all up when reality pu...more
Jenna
Dec 16, 2009 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of sci-fi and/or funny stuff
Recommended to Jenna by: Kyle Turner and my history teacher
Shelves: fiction
How did I go so long without reading this book? I guess I have a habit of sticking to the authors I KNOW I love or the genres I know will be easy and entertaining... Oh, but this was so worth it.

But after 600+ pages of this series, I'm ready for something else. I'm okay with it ending. I'm actually not a science fiction fan, so that probably has a lot to do with it. That sounds like, maybe, it doesn't deserve five-stars-- but it does. I, eventually, would like to own this because I'll definitely...more
St-Michel
Oh man!! What an absolutely astounding trilogy!? Three books? Five books plus a short? Whatever...this collection only has the first four books plus the short. Nevertheless, the entire collection is brilliant!!!
A side-splitting roller coaster ride from start to finish, this is Adams's best and one of sci-fi's best. It seems so strange to say that one of sci-fi's best is a comedy, but Adams hits the nail on the head and shows who's boss in both genres and proves that not all sci-fi need be seriou...more
Jeannette
I was severely disappointed upon revisiting this book after some 20 years. I remember this being so clever and funny and new! But, the intervening years have changed me, and I really didn't find the first volume all that funny. Maybe I have been spoiled by too much Terry Pratchett. His books are what this book wants to be. I have to give it 2.5 stars, because it was an easy read, with likable characters, but it really fell flat. Lots of tongue-twisting, humorous imagery with no substance.
Anne
My Bible.

Recommended to me by a good friend and referred to by almost all of my friends. So I had to read it to keep up with them, I guess, and I never regretted it.

Reread several times, (not always all of it, though), the last time in 2005.

I've seen both the British film made in 1981 and the USA/UK version made in 2005. The latter is the better.
If nothing else, the first film gives you an example of how fast technological innovations become old fashioned.
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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 comp...more
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1-5) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2) Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3) So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4)

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