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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts

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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
Hardcover, 776 pages
Published October 16th 1995 by Heinemann (first published January 1st 1985)
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mac It depends which part of the series you look at. He very much becomes the main character later, although it is true that zaphod and Ford tend to…moreIt depends which part of the series you look at. He very much becomes the main character later, although it is true that zaphod and Ford tend to dominate most of the series overall.(less)
Paul Beardsley It started as a radio show
Then books.
Two vinyl records. Mostly a remake of the radio show but with the rock band.
A text adventure.
A stage play.
A TV…more
It started as a radio show
Then books.
Two vinyl records. Mostly a remake of the radio show but with the rock band.
A text adventure.
A stage play.
A TV series.
Illustrated books.
And here’s a joke:
Eoin Colfer walks into a bar. The barman says, “Just for a moment there I mistook you for Douglas Adams.”

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Manuel Antão
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1994
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Sonnet 42: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams

The way I (probably mistakenly) see it, the answer 42 represents a view of cheery perfection. It's almost as though it is trying to be as divisible as possible simply to be helpful. Even its name is annoyingly perky. It is the number which represents what the established order (notably religion) has told us represents the universe. It is the number of order, sense and
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);
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just brilliant!
So clever and original and funny!
Sorry I did not read this when I was a teenager as
only now I realise why all my friends were talking about it!

Debbie Zapata
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dar
When I was little my Dad used to recite an unusual poem every so often. I don't remember why, but I do remember it gave my brother and I the giggles. It concerned a person who felt no one liked him, and he decided to go eat worms. I'll spare you the entire piece, the important part is the following:

"The first one was easy,
The second was squeezy.
The third got stuck in my throat."

So why is that important? Because I'm afraid that was my reaction to this omnibus edition of the five books in The
Nov 02, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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.
Nils | nilsreviewsit
The first book was brilliant. Loved the sarcastic and silly tone to it. Arthur is a really good character to showcase how humans can find anything outside their own world totally incomprehensible! Ford Prefect also provided so much comedy with him trying to explain things to Arthur. Especially as Ford had no concept of sarcasm!

The second book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe to be honest lost me a bit. I was glad the characters I loved from the first book were still in it, like my
Janet Forster
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Follow the adventures of Arthur Dent, the world's last surviving human, as he journeys through space after the earth is demolished to make way for a Vogan hyperspace bypass. Arthur is rescued from certain destruction by Ford Prefect (read the book to discover how he got his name), an alien journalist who writes for the 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.' They travel the galaxy together meeting rather an interesting assortment of creatures including Trillian, another human who escaped the earth's ...more
Håvard Bamle
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want to write shortly about the philosophical merit of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

All western philosophy emerged and developed within the logocentric tradition. Two axioms define this tradition. 1. A thing cannot both be and not be at the same time (a v -a). 2. A thing is always identical with itself (a=a). It is impossible for humans to think about the world in a way that makes sense without these two axioms. But that does not make them necessarily true. These are the limits of
Gregory Philips
Apr 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't really like this book. It was so random that I couldn't really understand what was going on at some points. It had a plot that was hard to understand. It was readable I guess.
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I waited until my 30s to read this. I remember growing up watching my friends around me rave about Adams' work and I just never jumped on the bandwagon.

Well I'm glad I finally did! It took me about 5 months to read this. Well, actually I chose to read the 'trilogy' over that long on my kindle. I got through the first book in a matter of days (I just couldn't stop...I was so engrossed) and realized just how much I enjoyed the story, characters, Adams' humor and creativity. I made
Aug 06, 2011 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
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was soo very different from all sci-fi I've read so far! There are some boring chapters, but doesn't really matter when you've got 700++ pages of pure awesomeness!

There's something about the book that made me keep reading, without slowing down, even through the really boring chapters (or maybe it's because my exams start in a week).

This book is so weird! Most of it is comedy. Just fun. But, all that comedy kind of enhances the serious bits. You really start to question a lot of things in
John Marshall
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is fun to read, I guess, if we can all agree that there is a universal definition of fun. There is a lot that could have been done with the characters. It does go, as you might imagine, where few books go: om, the galaxy! I am still processing what I read, hoping to make sense of it all. It is an easy read if you want something that lifts off the page.

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.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
what a ride... and dont underestimate the stupigeniusity of total idiots :D
In a way, I wish I could have read these novels separately rather than in one big omnibus-mush so I could rate them individually. Clearly the first novel is a 4-star book, despite the issues I had with it (to be revealed later in this review) but I'm not sure if any of the sequels reached that level. Oddly enough though, the stories haven't all merged into one big unidentifiable story in my head, despite reading them in quick succession, because they are all totally different in style. I mean, ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2018
Space Travel + Monty Python.
John Cleese has to be around here somewhere.

"It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes."
Ian Kolcun
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ian-s-book-shelf
A funny look on things that are simply random
Ernesto Wulff
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating, beautiful story that every hitchhiker should read. It took me too many years to re-discover this book, but I've really enjoyed it, although I guess I'd need to live for some time in the UK just to get all the little private jokes that can be found all around the book.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marvin is the best guy. He is the real deal.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a comic science fiction, but maybe it is a genre all its own, given it's origin as a radio show! 😂So, 5 stars for unique comedy/satire/scifi!!!

This book is such a mind-trip, from the POV of a single Earthman, we worry about our home, our local pub, the fate of the earth, the vast and complex nature of universe... and where to get our next cup of tea.
We are armed with the ever essential travel towel and a copy of a certain universal guide,
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5 stars

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is altogether unlike anything else I've read. As one of those novels that you simply need to read if you enjoy sci-fi I was expecting something brilliant. And it did have flashes of brilliance, ingenious ideas and probably the most imaginative universe I've ever read about.

When reading this trilogy in five parts, expect to be amazed, confused and in fits of laughter. The cast is great, especially the depressed robot Marvin and the plot is completely
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
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
Chuck Via
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
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.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is the Alice in wonderland of science fiction. It is outrageous fiction. The author has given free reign to his imagination to fantasise about space and time travel. No holds barred.
The protagonist in this book is Arthur Dent who lives in London leading a rather sedate life when once on a visit to the pub he meets Ford Prefect the alien who has dropped by and tells Arthur that all his earthly problems will end as soon as the earth blows up in a short while. The earth blows up and Ford
Ian Dennis
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. One great thing this book exhibits is world building (or universe building I guess). Pretty much every new setting the story takes place in has a page minimum that is dedicated to exposition. A great example is when Arthur, Ford, Zaphod, Trillian, and Marvin where flying to Magrathea in the Heart of Gold, there was an entire chapter that explained what the planet was, the legend behind it, and the impact it had on society. In other sections it ...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 ...more

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 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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