The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1) by Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1) by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1)

byDouglas Adams

Paperback | September 1, 2009

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A new edition of the orginal Douglas Adams's mega-selling cult classic to celebrate 30 years with additional material and a foreword by Russell T Davies.Thirty years of celebrating the comic genius of Douglas Adams? On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity ? The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON'T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun? Volume one in the trilogy of five
Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptation, comic book and bath towel. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's book was published 30 years ago on 12 October 1979 and its phenomenal success sent...
Title:The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.75 × 5.47 × 0.54 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0330508539

ISBN - 13:9780330508537

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining through and through. By far once of my favourite "classics". This silly novel moves quickly and simply does not stop! The humour and writing tie the whole story together.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Witty, Funny - great story.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great such an enjoyable and entertaining series
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressively witty. Incredibly entertaining. Adams pulls off an impressive feat with the first instalment of the series. Impressively witty. Incredibly entertaining. It's the sci-fi book that will get you into sci-fi. If only the rest of the series remained this strong.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, witty and random (in a good way!) Was a quick and enjoyable read! Will buy the other books in the series and will most probably enjoy those too!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This series is completely brilliant! It is hilarious, random yet well thought one. Not a dull moment from start to finish!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from fast and interesting This is a quick and easy read, Interesting story and a classic. Would recommend not only for the enjoyment of the book, but because it is a science-fiction classic.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny, but not entirely my thing This book is like a really twisted Alice in Wonderland for adults, in space. I'm not usually a fan of the bizarre and the ridiculous, but this book somehow kept me laughing and cringing and slack-jawed all the way through, and now I am itching for the sequel. It's also great to finally have some better context for all the cultural stuff - 42 is the answer to the universe, for example - even if it hardly makes more sense now than it did before I read this.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This is one of the best books that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was such a great book.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique, whimsical and hilarious This is a short read, but man does it pack a lot of punch. It is one of those rare works of fiction that leave me wondering, "How in the world did someone think this up?" It is so witty and whimsical, and creates a world that feels like your imagination's playground. Also, it is downright hilariously absurd, I laughed out loud more times than I could count. Great for anyone who sees the humour in both the mundane and the absurd in life. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. On a side note, the movie with the same title is also excellent, I have seen it at least 10 times, and it still makes me laugh. The best part is the "So long and thanks for all the fish" song and montage. Amazing.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will laugh out loud reading this... Then laugh even harder when you read it again!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ageless humour This is a wonderfully enjoyable tale. Author Douglas Adams has taken a highly improbably scenario, the earth being disintegrated to make way for a galactic highway, and turned it into a funny but riveting story. Arthur Dent is a rather unassuming man trying to get through his day and maybe find a good cuppa tea. His friend Ford Prefect has some bad news for him, his world is going to be destroyed in a few minutes, and oh yeah, he's an alien who can save him. Not very probable, but I was hooked. Zaphod Beeblebrox is an outlandish character who also happens to be the President of the Imperial Galactic Government. I am in awe of his ineptitude at life in general, but love his quirkiness. He's a fun character who could take the story in any numbeer of directions at any moment. I like the way Mr. Adams balanced the male characters. Arthur, Ford and Zaphod are distinctive and each take the lead at various times, but none outshines or dominates the storyline. Even though this book was first published in 1979, it has aged well. The references to the new digital watches is even more funny with the advent of the current computer/phone watches. The humor contained in the book is ageless.
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great book This is not the full book, be careful what you purchase. this is only a portion of the entirety and is useless without the rest.
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilariously hilarious! Book is great! Half way done and still going! Which to me, means a lot. Perfect balance of scifi and humor and poetry. 10-10 - Would read again. After I finish it a first time.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Douglas Adams is a genius! Some of the characters have names that are almost impossible to pronounce, but it's fun to try. This book takes you on an amazing journey and I am glad it doesn't end here.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Unless you are looking for juvenile sci-fi, this highly- regarded book, after a good third or so, falls into somewhat repetitive attempts to appear foolish.
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As wonderful as I recall! Even better than previous read! As was 14yrs and most likely didn't get all the jokes and subtleties
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My own Guide to the Galaxy Fun and entertaining. Must've been drunk while reading.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Nice book, great humor and wise ideas. Unbeatable classic - must read for everybody!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Easy read that had me laughing out loud on several occasions. Fantastic.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty and laugh-out-loud funny I first read this book (and the following books in the "trilogy") when I was in high school, and I was blown away by how much I enjoyed them. Douglas Adams had a knack for capturing the absurdity of humanity and writing about how weird the universe can be. It was initially a radio broadcast story, but Douglas Adams adapted it to other formats, including the novel. Eventually, a television miniseries was produced, and well after Adams died, a movie was made (starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Fry, and Bill Nighy). Hitchhiker's Guide has become something of a classic, especially among British comedy fans and science fiction fans. It never takes itself too seriously, and while it takes place all over the universe (in the future, on other planets, on prehistoric Earth, and even at the very end of the universe), it always feels remarkably familiar. You can relate to the characters, even if the characters are aliens from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. Hitchhiker's Guide and its subsequent books have earned their spot as classics in the world of modern English fiction. If people I know haven't yet read these books, I'm inclined to thrust my beaten-up copy in their general direction and urge them to read it as soon as possible.
Date published: 2011-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams was originally written for radio and later published as a trilogy of five books, with a recent sixth book written by Eoin Colfer published in 2009. The book follows Arthur Dent an Englishman whose life has been saved by an alien named Ford Prefect. Ford and Arthur hitchhike onto an alien spaceship just before earth is destroyed. On the ship is a paranoid depressed android named Marvin, another human named Trillian and the owner or stealer of the spaceship who has two heads named Zaphod. The stolen spaceship is "The Heart of Gold" and it is able to make improbable things happen. The assorted crew head out in search of a legendary planet named Magrathea and to find the answer to the "Ultimate Question". I have read this book twice and I must admit that the first time I had troubles understanding everything, but the second time I actually enjoyed it and found it humorous. I love all the random things that happen in the book, especially the part where a black hole opens up next to Arthur and carries his voice to another part of space where a war results from what Arthur said. Very imaginative and random thinking is the mainstay of this book.
Date published: 2010-01-11