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message 1: by Maggie, space cruisin' for a bruisin' (new)

Maggie K | 1280 comments Mod
Hi All! Nicki is nursing a hurt ankle, so I will get this thread started for her...
I love this book! A lite, funny, read...
What did you all think?
Poor Arthur, it just wasn't his day...


message 2: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments I just started it yesterday. I love it, too! My kind of quirky humor with SciFi thrown in.

Feel better, Nicki!


message 3: by Scott (new)

Scott The funniest book ever written.


message 4: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Love this book, love this series, love Douglas Adams.
...That is all.


message 5: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) OK, not really. This book kind of changed my life when I read it. I'd never even heard of it until my boyfriend introduced me to it when we first were together, and then when I read it... it was just. Wow.

Hilarious, brilliant, witty and quirky, and I loved it completely from that moment. I bought the pretty bound omnibus edition and read it straight through. ♥

Now little bits of this series have seeped into my life and have made me "That Girl" who answers '42' when someone asks me a question... among other things.


message 6: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments Yeah, what Becky said. I'm wearing Depends because it's so funny! Where's my towel!


message 7: by Maggie, space cruisin' for a bruisin' (new)

Maggie K | 1280 comments Mod
Just the imagination of it alone is pretty astounding!


message 8: by Becky (last edited Jul 02, 2011 01:37PM) (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I was trying to tell one of my friends about it, and as soon as I started talking, I started giggling, thinking of Ford Prefect and Vogon poetry and Intergalactic bureaucracy, etc... and of course unless you read it, nothing about it will make sense - it's just so random sounding, so he did one of those "Riiiiiiiight. I'm just going to pretend this discussion never happened..." looks and started talking about something else.

It kind of makes me sad that I can't express what's so great about HHGTTG to others. *sigh*


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Just tell them the book has the only answer you'll ever need.


message 10: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 490 comments This was the first science fiction that I have ever read in grade school.


message 11: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 490 comments I hated the movie, but loved the T.V. show is because I could never seen a black person playing Ford Perfect or any of the roles in the book.


message 12: by Scott (new)

Scott The TV show is fantastic and I have watched it several times.

The movie is just not funny. I don't know how they did it. Most everything it taken verbatim from the books, but somehow it still managed not to be funny. It's really rather astounding.


message 13: by Denae (new)

Denae (whimsicalmeerkat) I loved the book. As for the movie, I never watched it, but it did spawn a whole new wave of random strangers telling me I look like Zooey Deschanel. Makes a nice change from being asked if these are my real eyes.

As for the book, well...I adore the "The ships hung in the sky the way real books don't" line. And so many others. But oh god (view spoiler)


message 14: by Scott (new)

Scott Zooey Deschanel is beautiful, and I did like her as Trillian, but the movie was a failure.


message 15: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments Denae wrote: "I loved the book. As for the movie, I never watched it, but it did spawn a whole new wave of random strangers telling me I look like Zooey Deschanel. Makes a nice change from being asked if these a..."

I had to look at your profile again to check out your eyes. They are huge. Are those your real eyes, or were they Photoshoped? :o) You don't want to know what they do with naked pictures of guys using Photoshop.


message 16: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments I have to see whether I can rent the TV show after I finish the book.


message 17: by Michael (new)

Michael R. (mcdoogle) | 27 comments I enjoyed the movie and the book. And Zooey as Trillion. Possibly they tried to cram too much into the movie in too little time, but I didn't mind too much. I have noticed that most of my friends who are Douglas Adams fanatics hated the movie.

The book was hilarious.


message 18: by Mach (last edited Jul 03, 2011 10:16AM) (new)

Mach | 19 comments Kevin wrote: "I hated the movie, but loved the T.V. show is because I could never seen a black person playing Ford Perfect or any of the roles in the book."

The black guy that plays Ford is a rapper called Mos Def, a really good one too. I thought he did a good job.

Douglas Adams must have a quirky imagination to come up with this story, it's great. I read it when i was 15, one of the first scifi books i read.


message 19: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 490 comments Machavelli wrote: "Kevin wrote: "I hated the movie, but loved the T.V. show is because I could never seen a black person playing Ford Perfect or any of the roles in the book."

The black guy that plays Ford is a rapp..."


I knew it was Mos Def.


message 20: by Denae (new)

Denae (whimsicalmeerkat) Aloha wrote: "Denae wrote: "I loved the book. As for the movie, I never watched it, but it did spawn a whole new wave of random strangers telling me I look like Zooey Deschanel. Makes a nice change from being as..."

Haha, they're real, no Photoshop there, the camera is actually my crappy cell phone one. Normally people are asking about contacts though :)


message 21: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (jennyc89) Scott wrote: "The TV show is fantastic and I have watched it several times.

The movie is just not funny. I don't know how they did it. Most everything it taken verbatim from the books, but somehow it still m..."



The TV show is great! I watched it after I read The Restaurant at The End of The Universe so after that I pictured those actors while I read the rest of the series. I wish they would have continued the show (although in my opinion that series got progressively worse, but I wish they had done the show at least through the third or fourth book).


message 22: by Scott (new)

Scott The TV actors are definitive for me too--can't imagine anyone else (except maybe for Sandra Dickinson...)


Horror Bookworm Reviews | 4 comments This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is so enjoyable and makes me smile a lot. It has a very Monty Python feel to it which is a huge plus. I was fortunate to meet Douglas Adams in Texas a long time ago at a book signing. He was awesome and I miss him still.


message 24: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments I kept on thinking of Monty Python and the British quirky sense of humor as I'm reading the book. I love that style of humor!


message 25: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments Finished Hitchhiker today! It was a heluva lot of fun! I love them trying to figure out the question to the ultimate answer that would satisfy everyone. LOL


message 26: by Kevin (last edited Jul 04, 2011 07:17PM) (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 490 comments Aloha wrote: "Finished Hitchhiker today! It was a heluva lot of fun! I love them trying to figure out the question to the ultimate answer that would satisfy everyone. LOL"

Aloha, I am not trying to break a spoiler for you, but if you continue reading on to the next book you find out the question to the answer and so much more, which is also in the T.V. series.


message 27: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments Thanks, Kevin! Okay, I'll have to reorder my reading plan.


message 28: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments I thought they figured out the question at the end? I don't want to say it out and spoil it for everyone.


message 29: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 490 comments Aloha wrote: "I thought they figured out the question at the end? I don't want to say it out and spoil it for everyone."

No actually they figure it out at the end of book two.


message 30: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments Aw, I kind of like the open ended question.


message 31: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 490 comments Aloha wrote: "Aw, I kind of like the open ended question."

All I can tell you is that it is not what you think it is.


message 32: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments Yeah, yeah, Kevin. And when I'm done reading book 2, you're going to tell me that I really need to go to book 3 to get the ultimate question.


message 33: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 490 comments Aloha wrote: "Yeah, yeah, Kevin. And when I'm done reading book 2, you're going to tell me that I really need to go to book 3 to get the ultimate question."

No, I do not, book three is something totally different, and so is four and five, which to me is not as good as book one or two.


message 34: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments I don't know. I sense a con here. I think the author is trying to lure people into reading all the books to find out the ultimate question. I never trust a series.


message 35: by Mach (new)

Mach | 19 comments You can read the omnibus edition that's what i did, it felt like one book.


message 36: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments I'm kidding. Alright, too subtle. Nothing like the chubby Italian man thingy.


message 38: by Denae (new)

Denae (whimsicalmeerkat) That title alone seems daunting to me.


message 39: by Maggie, space cruisin' for a bruisin' (new)

Maggie K | 1280 comments Mod
I love the humor in this! The mice! Arthur's house getting torn down...The poetry! This book was great comic relief


message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

It still surprises me that more people haven't read this book.

I always took it as a geek-cred requirement.


message 41: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments I read on art, abnormal psychology, abnormal genetics, and the Holocaust. And was a perfectionist in my drawings of those cute little one cell organisms, even made a wax carving. Did that qualify me as a geek?


message 42: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Ala wrote: "It still surprises me that more people haven't read this book.

I always took it as a geek-cred requirement."


Wait, does this mean I have geek-cred? *wipes tear* ... I had always hoped...


message 43: by Michael (new)

Michael R. (mcdoogle) | 27 comments Aloha wrote: "I read on art, abnormal psychology, abnormal genetics, and the Holocaust. And was a perfectionist in my drawings of those cute little one cell organisms, even made a wax carving. Did that qualify..."

That depends... Candle wax? or ear wax? lol


message 44: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments Nope, just regular candle. I guess I don't qualify as a geek. That really burst my bubble. I thought I owned geek, until I got on Goodreads. There are serious geeks here. Tough competition. *grumble*


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

Yeah... you're just 'Special', Aloha.


message 47: by Richard (new)

Richard (thinkingbluecountingtwo) | 232 comments Oops, geek-cred!

After being infatuated first by the BBC 4 radio series, then the books, and slightly less so by the BBC TV series, and even liking the movie, (I own copies of almost all manifestations of the Guide) maybe I'm not as hip, cool, groovy and down with the kids as I thought I was.

No surely not?


message 48: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments Richard, geek is cool around here, don't ya know?


message 49: by Aloha (new)

Aloha | 538 comments I'm dating now. The most boring guys are the ones who were jocks in high school, who never had reading time to develop their intelligence.


message 50: by Richard (new)

Richard (thinkingbluecountingtwo) | 232 comments If geek is cool, how about a Guide quote off,

I'll start with an easyish one,

"The plans were on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet, stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard."

Anyone else got any favourites,
accuracy not important, its the impression that matters.


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