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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2001
This is not about sci-fi. The triology is based around the science fiction genre BUT at heart these are books about a common down to earth man (Arthur Dent) trying to make sense of life. A spiritual quest we can all recognise. And even if you don't want to get too philosophical, the books are just plain funny, massively inventive and did I mention funny. If you have a lighter side (don't we all?)& enjoy general sci-fi then you will love these books. Many thanks to the late Douglas Adams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sorry, 'Oxford'. The Hitch Hikers' Guide And the Restaurant at the End of the Universe are THE definitive works of original humour of the latter half of the 20th century. They are the only books that I resort to for a good laugh when life (the universe and everything) gets me down. Nothing comes even vaguely close. Can I mark with 42 crowns, please, because they ARE the answer!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
When I first heard of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, I was under the impression that it was a vastly inaccessible universe that only true Sci-Fi loving readers could cling to. I was, however, 12 years old and the source of introduction was a friend who had only heard the radio show.
Years had gone by, and I found myself looking for a book to read, to see me through a 12 hour flight (not being a lover of Transatlantic In-Flight programming, I needed something to hold my interest). And there it was - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Trilogy Of Four. What better way to begin my journey into the fantastical world of Douglas Adams masterpiece, than by reading the first 4 HG2G novels in one, giant omnibus.
When it comes to reading, I'm one of those people who knows if they're going to be able to finish a book within the first few chapters, and boy did I know...
I spent the first week of my holiday in Florida, drawn into this hilariously, mind-bending odyssey and soon enough I was nearing the end of the 4th novel, "So Long
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2001
If you hate yourself, and want to continue hating yourself, you won't buy this book. If you don't want to hate yourself anymore, you will buy this book. If you love yourself, you will buy this book. If you don't love yourself, don't hate yourself, don't want to stop hating yourself if you do (which you won't if you're in this category), then buy this book. If you are anything higher up the evolutionary-scale than the demented bee, then buy this book. In fact, just buy this book. Whoever you are. Even if you want to hate yourself, ignore yourself, and read this book. Am I getting through?
Want to know why I love this book?
It blends comedy, sci-fi and life (the universe and everything) into one orgasm-inducing experience. It details just what life is really like (sod's law, and all that) and pushes the limits of what we perceive. It has changed my mindframe permanently, because "in an infinite universe, anything - even the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - is possible." Very existential, influential and philosophical. Not to mention satirical, with a capital S...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2000
This is the best series of books of its genre, whatever its genre is. Humour (definitely), Sci-fi (for sure), Life (as well). They have the escape of the star wars trilogy in a way that Lucas couldn't do it as it kept you in the self same world. Adams is a genius!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2007
I won't even try to attempt to convey just how utterly fantastic the Hitch-hiker's Guide 'trilogy' really is - better reviewers than me have tried and failed. The wit, humour and complete randomness that have been poured into this book are simply beyond words - truly, Douglas Adams was a genius.

His writing is so light and frothy, ridiculously easy to glide through, requiring almost no effort by the reader; one simply slips in and that is it - you are lost forever. The text has been dotted with so many laughs, so many flashes of wit, that it all just blurs into a single, huge explosion of humour. It is one of the (if not the) only piece of literature I have read, where the plot, storyline and characters become irrelevant: you end up just reading it for the writing style itself! It is like a drug - it provides such an incredible feeling, while all the time teasing you, drawing you back for more and more, and every time I read it I discover wit afresh.

I can't emphasise strongly enough how essential it is to read this book; it has to be one of the greatest pieces of literature in existence. I have read it so often that quotes and passages keep popping up in my mind, bringing a sudden burst of laughter, much to the shock and horror of the surrounding public!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Where the legend started.
Arthur Dent is the quintessential Englishman; he can deal with any crisis provided he's allowed three things, 1) the freedom to complain, 2) the freedom to be bewildered and 3) access to a nice cup of tea.
There are so many hilarious moments in this book that I couldn't possibly convey a fraction of it's wittiness here, but phrases like 'the great yellow spaceships hung in the air in exactly the same way that bricks don't' give you some idea. The comic concepts flow like water as Earth is demolished to build a bypass, a spaceship engine is invented that suspends probability allowing the ship to travel at astonishingly improbable speeds and a spontaneously created bowl of petunias has only time to think 'Oh no, not again' before it is destroyed.
You will literally laugh out loud and unlike Terry Pratchett (who has a similar talent for humourous concept), Adams' prose flows and is easy to read and through it all, the Guide enlightens us about everything from Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters to Vogon grandmothers.
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on 14 September 2009
Despite missing the final installment "Mostly Harmless", this is a good read presenting itself in a quasi slapstick vein not dissimilar to Monty Python or The Goon Show.

There are plenty of clever touches as the reader followes the adventures of Arthur Dent from the destruction of Earth to make way for a new space highway, to the end of the universe, and on to the discovery of the Creators final message.

Lots of chuckles and as long as you don't ask "what?" or "how?" too often, you'll love it.
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on 26 April 2009
When my brother recommended this book I wasn't sure if I'd like it but just a few pages in I knew I'd love it - and I do. I've read this hundreds of times and I never get bored of it - it's real life humour in a space setting and makes you laugh from beginning to end. Definitely worth a look.
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on 4 February 2015
I listerned to the BBC's CD's of the Radio series and thought they were prue gold. To that end I thought it was about time to read the book and to my surprise I found the series was quite true to the book. Which ever way you read/listen to these gems first you wont be disapointed.
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