The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 5 Book Set (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide.Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey thro...more
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
So, for clarification: 5 stars for the original Hitchhiker's, 4 for The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and 3 stars for the others.
Let's first of all say that I think this is one of the best uses of the English language. It's right up there with, well, anything else. I mean, just read the sentences. He is a lot like Tolkien, in that he makes the words themselves the art. But where Tolkien will take English and make it into a lush, broad canvas, Mr. Adams turns English into a plaything. Let's put my last sentence another way: The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy is the literar...more
So the Earth is destroyed. In an indifferent manner, which makes it hi-larious. A bloke is saved and, unmoored in the Universe, is dragged through a series of droll hijinx. One formulaic hijinx after another, which are really just vehicles for terribly self-satisfied one-liners. And then the novel stops at a seemingly arbitrary point -- though I suspect it's actually the point of diminishing returns. At a...more
Let's start with the humour. Yes, it's everything that humour should be. For a while, you are oh-so-amused and impressed...but then you weary of being so amused. Akin to being kept on the edge of your seat for a good few hours - something's going to get sore. It's just such a strain. I skipped ten or so pages near the middle but I'm sure those ten pages were, like the rest of the b...more
I found Life the Universe and E...more
I have a confession to make: I am allergic to sci-fi. The kind that has as its hero a humanoid who lives in 23345 AD on a dystopian red planet, where he must fight slimy insectoid aliens whose sole purpose in life is to lay and hatch their filthy eggs on human bodies. The guy is barely human anyway, with half his face swathed in shiny robotic gear with glowing red eyes that look like the battery-powered tip of my 10 year old’s toy laser gun. Or instead...more
I have read these five books of the triology seven or eight times, and will read it at least once a year for the rest of my life!
If you haven't read it yet, stop reading this and run for your life to get your own copy, or borrow it from a friend! Because believe me, your life now won't seem like life at all after you...more
When I was studying in college, the smart guys in my class used to read a particular kind of books. Some of these books were ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by JRR Tolkien (before it became a movie and was read by everyone else), novels by P.G.Wodehouse, ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, ‘2001 : A Space Odyssey’ by Arthur C. Clarke, ‘One, Two, Three…Infinity’ by George Gamov, ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand and ‘Zen and the Art of Motocycle Ma...more
What better introduction do you need into the world of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the largest selling book in the Universe? Needless to say I was hooked and couldnt wait to borrow a copy and begin reading. And once I read it, I read it ag...more
I will definitely keep my towel handy.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (★★★★★)
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (★★★★★)
Life, the Universe and Everything (★★★★★)
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (★★★★★)
Mostly Harmless (★★★★★)
The Hitch Hiker's Guide trilogy-in-five-volumes is not all on the same level of amusement and good plot-weaving but it's a classic and a masterpiece nonetheless. It's very hard to create a whole fictional universe that's credible and interesting, and just for that Adams's Guide is art in fiction. Each of his characters in believable, endearing and captivating and, eventua...more
Or maybe it's a little of both.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the books that follow it are all completely insane and impossible to summarize, so I'm not even going to try. They're books that can't be taken too seriously, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy the portrait of insanity Adams so expertly paints.
My introduction to HHGTTG was at a library book sale in my hometown in junior high or high school. Something a...more
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."
This is the third time I've started on "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. Each time I read it, I fell utterly in love with the first book, but would lose some interest by the second book, and wouldn't start on the third. This time I forced myself to read the third, fourth, and fifth book (and a short story), to finally come to the conclusion...more
I was totally enthralled- there were Asterix style silly names, puns, ludicrous situations and it is written by a man who hated deadlines, had writers block and loved procrastination so the book is in bite sized chunks- nobody outstays their welcome before A...more
For some reason, I’ve found that a lot of people tend to get personally offended when I voice disinterest or dislike for types of humor that are seemingly prevalent, so I figure I should include this disclaimer; I'm very hesitant about starting this series, as I'm not sure I will like it.
Humor for humor’s sake has never been a particular passion of mine; I do not have the most mainstream sense of humor, and I’m averse to the kind of small-talk rom-coms and sit-coms that...more
At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchiker series.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time
The earth was demolished by the Vogon contractors to make an hyperspace bypass. Which earth human couldn't protest, of course, because the announcement was already posted 50 decades earlier in the nearby galaxy and it was our fault if we are too lazy not to check it.
Arthur was helped to escape by his friend Ford Prefect by hitchhiking in the Vogon's spaceship but no...more
Only seconds before the destruction of the Earth by an alien race, the Vogon, who want to create space for the construction of a hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent escapes from the planet with his friend, Ford Prefect, who is actually also an alien, by hitchhiking on a space ship. Followi...more
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