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Mostly Brilliant (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5+& short stories)

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* 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 December 1st 1988)
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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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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.
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".

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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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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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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 (ICanHasBooks?)

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
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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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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Kubilay
Okuduğum en ilham verici kitaplardan. Bin kez okurum sonra bin kez daha okurum.
Richard Yates
The greatest example of literary wit ever.
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
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
Eduard
“The Answer to the Great Question... Of Life, the Universe and Everything... Is... Forty-two,' said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”

This is a review of the series as a whole but you can find the reviews for the individual books by clicking some of the following links:

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

Drawing the line

By the end of the final book I already e
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Andy
One of the defining series of the twentieth century, it's absolutely brilliant, not because of its plot (for there is none to speak of), but because of its bodacious style. A book (or several, as in this case) will inevitably reach a point where it becomes too dull to continue without a break to regain your fortitude. Often I reach for a book, and I shudder, because I remember that there is a part that I have to get past before I reach any good bits. This in no way describes the experience of re ...more
Mustafa Aiglon
Bitmez dediğim bir kitabı daha bitirmenin mutluluğu içindeyim dostlar. Gerçi öyle kalitesiz bir kağıda basılmıştı ki 10-15 sayfası yırtılmaktan kurtulamadı. Bu gereksiz ayrıntılarla dolu girizgahtan sonra belirtmek isterim ki; DNA parti kursun oy verelim, din kursun tapalım. Hoş kendisini 2001 yılında kaybetmişiz ama. Öyle saçma öyle inanılmaz olaylar öyle sıradan bir şekilde kaleme alınmış ki; Gabriel Garcia Marquez (GGM) tadı almamak mümkün değil. Üstelik GGM'den daha alaycı ve komik. Tabi sad ...more
Amber Harris
Dec 14, 2011 Amber Harris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes snarky British humour and aliens.
Recommended to Amber by: Phil Walter
The most important thing to know about the Hitchhiker's Trilogy (other than to know where your towel is), is to read one book at a time. When I was in high school, I had the good fortune to be gifted what I call my "Hitchhiker's Bible," a large book with paper-thin pages that contains all the first five books in one convenient edition. It seemed like a dream come true... the first time I read it.

Now, after the third time, I have to admit that not all the books are masterpieces. In fact, I am not
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Gemma Thomson
Feb 13, 2013 Gemma Thomson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gemma by: David Haddock
Shelves: ebooks, humour, sci-fi
I didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would - perhaps because I read all five books back-to-back, and so had to take in a lot of Adams' writing style at once. It's still a pleasant read, though.

I think what surprised me most was the sophistication of the actual sci-fi here. I'd somehow grown up expecting "Hitchhiker's Guide" to be predominantly comedic, but there's a lot written about dimensions, the nature of the universe and life on other worlds. There is also a lot of humour, of cou
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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 to the Galaxy, #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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