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Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
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bookshelves: humour, scifi-future-speculative-fict

Hitchhiker's, volume 3.

Mostly about Krikkit - and the Bistromathic Drive, which is better than mere Infinite Improbability.

The immortal Wowbanger the Infinitely Prolonged gave himself the task of insulting everyone in the universe - individually (but nearly did Arthur twice).

It has the usual wonderful Adamsness:

The "knack" of learning to fly is to "throw yourself at the ground and miss".

"Aggressively uninterested".

"One thing has suddenly ceased to lead to another".

Slartibartfast, who has one of the best names in literature, "wrote a monograph to set the record wrong about one or two matters he saw as important".

"Time travel is a menace. History is being polluted. The past is now truly like a foreign country. They do things exactly the same there".

"They obstinately persisted in their absence".

To attack a transdimensional planet you need to work out how to "fire missiles at 90 degrees to reality".

"sat in darkened rooms in illegal states of mind".

"One of the least benightedly unintelligent organic lifeforms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not be able to avoid meeting" (Boris took that idea with "I couldn't possibly fail to disagree with you less").


Brief summary and favourite quotes from the other four of the five books, as follows:

Hitchhiker's Guide (vol 1): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Restaurant at the End of Universe (vol 2): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish (vol 4): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Mostly Harmless (vol 5): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

And Another Thing...(vol 6), by Eoin Colfer : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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Quotes Cecily Liked

Douglas Adams
“The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything


Reading Progress

Finished Reading
June 19, 2010 – Shelved
June 19, 2010 – Shelved as: humour
June 19, 2010 – Shelved as: scifi-future-speculative-fict

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Jenn "JR" This one requires a re-read - I have a nice edition that has all 5 or 6 of the Hitchhikers books in one volume. Maybe that's what I'll read next weekend at the hot springs.


Cecily Jenn wrote: "This one requires a re-read - I have a nice edition that has all 5 or 6 of the Hitchhikers books in one volume. Maybe that's what I'll read next weekend at the hot springs."

The sixth is the one not written by Adams.
:(

Enjoy the hot springs.


Jenn "JR" I think mine is 5 -- ends with Young Zaphod Plays it Safe


Cecily Jenn wrote: "I think mine is 5 -- ends with Young Zaphod Plays it Safe"

I don't remember how 5 ends, but as long as it's by Adams.


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