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Mostly Brilliant (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5)

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  4,348 ratings  ·  310 reviews
* 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

Suppose a good friend calmly told you over a round of drinks that the world was about to end? And suppose your friend went on to confess that he wasn't from around here at all, but rather from a small pla
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Published April 10th 2002 by Tor (first published 1992)
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Cecily
The first two are fantastic in the literal and colloquial senses. The remainder are only weak in comparison to what went before. So many wonderful concepts and phrases:

Vogon ships "hung in the sky in exactly the way bricks don't"; the Hooloovoo; the old man who said nothing was true but was later found to be lying; spend a year dead for tax reasons; meat bred to want to be eaten; the "knack" of learning to fly is to "throw yourself at the ground and miss" (I think Buzz Lightyear borrowed that);
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Vanessa
I read this book to understand a guy I liked. It's funny cuz it's true. And now that I don't like the guy, the book is not as interesting as it once tried to be in my life.
Gregory Philips
Apr 13, 2007 Gregory Philips rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who doesnt take things too seriously.
I first came across this book quite by accident. I happened to over hear a friend of mine talking about how a tiny robot with a brain the size of a planet had such a depressing view of life that he managed to talk a spaceship into commiting suicide!!!

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
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Emilie
This mammoth of a book was a hell of an undertaking. After being harassed into reading it for 2.5 years, I have to say I am glad I did it, but gladder it's over and I can now read something I truly want to...and something not set somewhere along the space/time continuum.

I found there to be constant peaks and troughs, some chapters or parts were brilliant and others were laborious to get through (I did have some significant and glorious naps while I read this!), and every time I thought I would j
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Fabio Raffaelli
“In molte delle civiltà meno formaliste dell’Orlo Esterno Est della Galassia, la Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti ha già soppiantato la grande Enciclopedia Galattica, diventando la depositaria di tutto il sapere e di tutta la scienza, perché nonostante presenti molte lacune e contenga molte notizie spurie (…) ha due importanti vantaggi rispetto alla più vecchia e più accademica Enciclopedia.
Uno, costa un po’ meno; due, ha stampate in copertina, a grandi caratteri che ispirano fiducia, le pa
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Razmatus
what a ride... and dont underestimate the stupigeniusity of total idiots :D
Danielle
Oct 25, 2011 Danielle added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Danielle by: Kate Reed
Fun book. Reads like Dr. Seuss for adults. lol. Not in the sense of rhyming, but in the ludicris words used. You can tell Mr. Adams had fun writing this completley random story. Ford Perfect makes the story enjoyable to read while Arthur Dent brings a confused realness to it. The way they relate to each other is entertaining to read. I've written more quotes than usual this time around and I'm not sure If I'm going to type them all so please bear with me...

"This planet has - or rather had - a pr
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Shereen
yes, I've already read these a few times, but after subjecting myself to the torture of The Elegance of The Hedgehog I felt I'd earned a little time with my old friend.

Some people hate to reread books, and I understand their point: there are loads of great books and they want to read as many as possible. I, on the other hand, think of certain books as old friends and sometimes I just don't have the energy to expend on developing a new relationship. I want to spend time with someone whose compan
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Chuck Via
My older Bro had this text game of this book and suggested i read it to better understand the game didn't help with the game too much but it was a life changeing event opend my eyes to looking at things differently, introduced me to existentialism. and a fantastic way to think and be if i had read the following books then i would not be who i am now finised the series mabe 10 years after reading the first...
Antti Sorri
Aika ajoin on mukava tehdä paluu vanhojen kirjojen äärelle.

Luin Douglas Adamsin Linnunrata-trilogian joskus 90-luvun lopulla. Scifistä innostuneet ystäväni suosittelivat minulle halki lukioajan kirjasarjaan tutustumista. Huumori on aina haasteellista, varsinkin tieteiskirjallisuudessa. Vertailukohtana Adamsin kirjoille mieleeni nousee kuin itsestään Harry Harrison ja hänen Bill - Linnunradan sankarinsa, johon olin jo ennättänyt tutustumaan.

Adamsin viisiosaoinen trilogia kertoo länsi-englantilais
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Jessica
I enjoyed the first book in this omnibus, but by the time I got about 2/3 into the second one, the aggressive whimsy was driving me nuts. I think this works much better in the way it was originally conceived -- small installments leaving you wanting another taste after a decent interval. In a binge its just much too cute for me.
M.G. Mason
There is not much I can say about this highly popular series that has not already been said. The texts have been analysed, adored, recorded for radio, for TV and now for film – most recently with Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent. It has something for everyone and rarely divides, though even the most adoring fans would never praise the quality of its plot or characterisation.

So what is the appeal of these books? They are stupid, hideously, deliciously and sometimes uproariously funnily stupid and if
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Chiara
Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti: 3-/5
Ristorante al termine dell'universo: 2/5
Tiffany
OHMIGOD!!! Hilarious! I loved this book (er, books, as the trilogy actually encompasses five...). I laughed out loud so many times; who knew what would come out of Adams's brain next into that story. It is the best of everything, adventure, story-telling, and that wonderful British humour of irony and blase-indifference, that, according to some people's reviews (I am supposing Americans, to be completely sterotypical...) is just boring and NOT funny. Well, totally got it. I totally loved every s ...more
Chad Warner
All 5 books of the Hitchhiker's "trilogy" in one! As a student in computer information systems, I heard several references to this book, so I decided to check it out. While it didn't change my life, it was a pretty entertaining, humorous sci-fi read.

Check it out if you want to know the origin of the words and phrases "Babel fish", "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish", "Don't Panic", "Mostly Harmless", and "the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything".

Reviews of in
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Andrew
Wow. What just happened? I wish I could tell you, but any attempt at a plot synopsis would be ill advised indeed. The five books included in this volume spin the tale of Arthur Dent on his spatially and temporally twisted journey through the galaxy, the universe, the ‘probability axis’, and the Whole Sort of General Mish Mash. On the specifics I’m a little foggy. Suffice it to say that it involved a lot of beach towels and lacked a lot of tea.

These books are a little bit funny at all times. By t
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Miriam
Over the past few weeks I have been working through Douglas Adams' The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The description on the front cover is as nonsensical as some of the things that happen within the pages of this book, but then again it started as a radio show, then a book, then a film then a book again, or something like that... Having watched the film I was familiar to the first of the five parts, but after that it became more interesting, especially as time travel and other means of trav ...more
Samantha Adrian
Pretty sure I sat down intending to finish the first few chapters and stayed up all night devouring all five books. Honestly, I don't think I paid attention in class at all for the next few days, I was determined to finish. Hilarious and witty and silly and oh my god, what even is happening most of the time? I couldn't tell you. The characters are great, the story lines are frankly ridiculous, and some of the strangest connections ever just happen to work. Also the Guide. If there was a whole un ...more
Carrie

It's the first book in his trilogy of 5 and it was apsolutly amazing. I can't believe I've wait this long to read these books. If you haven't read this book you must. I can't remember the last time I've laughed out this much while reading a book. My fiance has read them, as they are his books, so when ever he hears crack up he wants to know what part I'm at. It is such a refreshing read.
Chanouel
I read this book a long time after hearing about it and seeing the movie (which did nothing to spark my interest in the book).
But then a friend recommended it, I decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised.
I loved the humor and the absurdity of it all. It was a nice escape from real life :)
Marni
I was excited to read this book because I've seen/own the movie and loved it. I found the books interesting, detailed and NOTHING like the movie. I will have to re-read them as there was a lot of information to take in and I know I missed stuff. Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel/felt about the books. Douglas Adams did an amazing job of characterization, details about the different planets and places the characters visit and the story. I have to say I DID like the way he provided the "question" t ...more
Simon Wood
THE HITCH HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY:

When I first read these books in my early twenties I thought they were hysterically funny. I don't know, maybe it's just that all the joy in me has died or something, because re-reading the first one, at most it elicited a few chuckles and a hand full of smiles, but mostly I just found myself groaning and thinking that this is just random nonsense. Kind of like the shit that Robin Williams does. It's loud and fast and done in a funny voice, but doesn't reall
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Sanjiv Raj
The first book in the omnibus was time well spent on reading. As I finished the last book, my opinion had switched to "Mostly Tiring"
Richard Yates
The greatest example of literary wit ever.
Isabel
Mar 30, 2015 Isabel marked it as tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: next-in-line
The added extras after each book are interesting, but I had to my iPad mini in order to read them, as they included press clippings in fonts to small to read on my Kindle.

1) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (5 stars)

'If I asked you where the hell we were,' said Arthur weakly, 'would I regret it?'
Ford stood up. 'We're safe,' he said.
'Oh good,' said Arthur.
'We're in a small galley cabin,'said Ford, 'in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.'
'Ah, said Arthur, 'this is obviously
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Sergey Tomson
«Желающим получить у нас напитки в кредит напоминаем, что пощечина может надолго испортить вам настроение».
Вообще-то, это серия романов, состоящая из пяти книг: искрометной «Автостопом по галактике», короткой и запутанной «Ресторан на краю Вселенной», многообещающей, но не дающий никаких ответов «Жизнь вселенная и всё остальное», полной разочарований «Всего хорошего, и спасибо за рыбу!» и, наконец, фатальной «В основном безвредна». И как вы можете судить из названия четвёртой книги, это маразм,
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Unnikrishnan Rajan
I'm at a loss on how to describe this book. The first part, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" was absolutely breathtaking. While reading this, I thought I would give a 4 rating to the book. But the subsequent additions simply fell flat. They never justified the expectations. "Life, the Universe and Everything" was really boring. "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" was good and "So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish" was amusing. I read a very old copy of the book, that I got from a f ...more
Edward Davies
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
This is such a great little book, the first of five penned by the late Douglas Adams, which has such unique and interesting ideas that it can't help but feel original. Granted, its never translated well to the screen, but by using your imagination whilst reading the book you can easily be whisked away to a world that is only as wild as your imagination.

THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE
The first sequel to the incredibly popular The Hitchhiker's Guide to
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Alex Irwin
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was a fun and exciting book that takes you all across the galaxy. When I first started this book I did not expect much excitement or comedy in it. Most of this book was just for laughs but could get serious in a moments notice. Douglas Adams did not write this book to be informational, heartfelt or serious, every moment of this book was hilarious. It was definitely just a book to entertain anyone. I also had expected this to be directed towards an age group sl ...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 comp ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (5 books)
  • 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, #2)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4)
  • Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide, #5)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5 + short story) 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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