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5.0 out of 5 stars The only guide to the galaxy you'll ever need to read
There is just one reason why The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was voted into the BBC's Top One Hundred Books list, and that is because it is simply brilliant. It is a work of science fiction, but the humour contained within the story is not only incredibly witty, but also unusual within its chosen genre. Be prepared to susend your disbelief however, as the series of...
Published on 3 Dec 2003 by Victoria Craven
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is There Anything Strange In The Universe?
'The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy' is one of those cult novels that 'everyone is supposed to read', but it passed me by for various reasons and I have only recently picked it up and read it.
Douglas Adams has created a universe in which the strange is normal. Or at least, what appears strange to us humans is in fact ordinary and normal for the rest of the...
Published 13 months ago by T. T. Rogers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchhiker's Guide book 1,
This review is from: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Volume One in the Trilogy of Five (Hitchhikers Guide 1) (Paperback)When Arthur Dent wakes up on Thursday morning he has no idea of the kind of day that is in store for him. It was bad enough when he discovered that his house had been scheduled for demolition but it only gets worse when shortly afterwards the Earth is vaporised to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. Arthur discovers his best friend is an alien - which comes in quite handy when Ford is the one who gets Arthur off the planet just before it is destroyed - and soon finds himself hitchhiking his way across the galaxy.
I've been wanting to read the Hitchhiker's series for as long as I can remember so I really don't know why it's taken me this long to get around to it. I'm glad I finally did though as it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I can't wait to get stuck into the rest of the series. There is a reason that this series is still as popular today as it was when it was first released 30 years ago and I was amazed at how many things I recognised as I was reading, references that have become a part of modern culture even if you don't realise where they came from.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a thoroughly whimsical read that often had me laughing out loud with its off the wall comedy. The humor of the story reminded me a lot of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series as Douglas Adams had the same ability to take things from everyday life and twist them to show just how ridiculous they really are. I challenge you to read this book without snorting with laughter, I know I couldn't do it.
At only 180 pages this is a great quick read when you're looking for something fun and light hearted to read. If you're like me and new to the series (I'm guessing that will mainly apply to the younger generation) you're going to be introduced to a whole host of fun characters (from Zaphod the 2 headed, 3 armed president of the universe to Marvin the paranoid android), learn about the smartest species on Earth and find out the answer to life, the universe and everything. I'm going to bet that once you've read this one you'll be joining me on a journey through the rest of the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to come back to again and again,
This review is from: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Volume One in the Trilogy of Five (Hitchhikers Guide 1) (Paperback)There's probably not much more to be said about this book and it's hard to imagine that there are many literate people over the age of about 25 who won't have encountered this story, the first in Douglas Adams's 'trilogy' (in five parts) of books, in one form or other - it's generally accepted to be a classic, of course.
I received a slightly abridged audio version of this book when I was about 12 or 13 and absolutely loved it and I still love it now. I've since read it in full and, whilst the book is short and easy to read, it just works wonderfully on many different levels because it simply overflows not only with wit and memorable dialogue but, most importantly, with ideas - ideas of all kinds - including numerous allusions to some of the things that we know Douglas Adams was interested in (i.e. science and religion) and one just can't help but keep coming back to it again and again.
There are so many memorable bits to this book, bits of which I'm regularly reminded as I go through life; indeed, the vivid description, of Ford - "The sweat stood out cold on Ford Prefect's brow..." - immediately prior to his and Arthur's close encounter with 'the third worst poetry in the universe', is inevitably brought to my mind whenever a Meatloaf song comes onto the radio. Other episodes that are always available for rapid recall include Arthur's account of his visit to the display department of the local planning office, the descriptions (as provided by the 'Hitchhiker's Guide') of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, and of why it's important to carry a towel with you, as you 'hitchhike' round the galaxy, to the curious last words of a bowl of Petunias and, of course, the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything.
This book is now practically a cornerstone of popular culture, certainly in the UK, and every child should read it as soon as they're old enough to comprehend it. Long may it continue to be read and loved and reread, the world over.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,
This review is from: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (The Hitchhiker series) (Paperback)I have read all Douglas Adams's books and every one has provided endless laughter... and astonishing imagination. One of the best authors EVER!
5.0 out of 5 stars 42,
The characters are very simple, and yet in H2G2 this seems incredibly natural, where in any other book it would probably be boring and childlike. Some places don't rub well, Zaphod and Ford are possibly a little too similar, and Trillian is distressigly under-used as the only female character.
Adams' style doesn't tend to include a great deal of description of locations, which is almost a relief after all the Wheel of Time epics I've been reading recently, and I like to think this is a side-effect of the story's origins in radio. The radio experience has also rubbed off really well on the dialogue, which I can hear the characters speaking in my head. This lends a great deal to the comedy, especially the interplay between Eddie the computer, the talking doors, and of course Marvin.
My two criticisms are related. Firstly that there seems to be something missing from the plot - thinking back over the plot I keep feeling there's something I must have missed to pad out the middle. The second is that the ending is incredibly abrupt and resolves absolutely nothing - although I suppose that could be part of the beauty.
Overall I've enjoyed reading it again and am looking forward to going back over the whole series in preparation for the release of book 6 next month.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever!!! The HHGTTG series is a work of genius.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and funny!,
After seeing the movie I was not sure whether I would like this or not, but do not be dettered! This is a hilarious, short and easy novel that is generally a lot of fun.
I reccomend this if you want a quick, easy read that will make you laugh!
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional narration by Stephen Fry & Martin Freeman,
This review is from: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Audio CD)The trilogy of the Hitchhiker's Guide is transcending. The humour is outstanding. Stephen Fry's narration is absorbing as does the book full justice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont panic just buy read and enjoy,
4.0 out of 5 stars You are about to read a cultural classic,
This review is from: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Mass Market Paperback)A galactic freeway is passing through and you guessed it Earth is in the path.
How many times have you asked a simple question and go the answer as "42." Yep, you are a victim to this book. Many of the clich's and truisms that rival Shakespeare are creeping into our vocabulary. And attitudes - "It has been on file."
If you are the one person that somehow got through life with out reading this series or at least seeing this on TV, then you are in for a treat. Somehow this story is earmarked as sci-fi and I guess it can be in a sense and it has all the elements necessary; it delivers a powerful message to the local Zoning Board.
I will not go though the story, as that is why you are reading the book. You need to sit down for the next sentence.
This book has changed my life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, packed with humour,
This review is from: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Illustrated Film Tie-In Edition] (Paperback)"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a confusing, yet gripping book. The author, Douglas Adams, has a very sarcastic and dry sense of humour. This may appeal to some, whereas others might find this tedious. This is a very well written book; however, it may take several reads to fully understand the complexity of it.
This Sci-fi novel follows the life-changing adventures of Arthur Dent, a human being. He is one of the only two surviving humans in the universe, since Earth was demolished, to make way for a hyper-space bypass. Everyone apart from Arthur and his ex-girlfriend were obliterated. On his long and tiring journey, Arthur re-encounters his ex-girlfriend, and meets a journalist for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the president of the universe. Together, they brave several of the terrors of the universe and discover some peculiar things. Overall, this is a great read.
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