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on 27 October 1998
It's rather difficult to review this book without ruining it for the rest of you, and I certainly don't want to do that, so forgive me if I'm vague on some points...
Anyway, Book #1 of the series is GREAT but ONLY once you get used to it. Adams has an odd style of writing -- but once you realize that this is meant to be humorous, not philosophical, it is absolutely hilarious. Book #2 is also wonderful, perhaps even better than the original.
However, it's a bit downhill from there. Books #3 and #4, while still OK, just aren't that great. Don't get me wrong, I normally would have been happy to read anything of that caliber - but coming after the first two books, they were rather 'empty'.
Finally, book #5, Mostly Harmless. Although this one was (in my opinion) much funnier than #3 and #4, it was also as at least as confusing as anything my economics textbook has to offer. To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure what happenned at the end. Still, it was pretty good (as long as you don't mind re-reading passages every now and again).
So, as a whole, I would recommend "The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide" to any fan of humor or science fiction. However, please realize that, though the novels are hilarious, they don't have much of a plot and they aren't exaclty thought-provoking. It's still a good read -- just not as great as its reputation.
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on 6 May 2003
If you're a Hitchhiker fan but you haven't read the books, then you must. The various versions (TV, radio, books etc.) are far from being carbon-copies of each other, in fact the plots are at times totally inconsistent. Which is no bad thing, honest.
The only problem with this collection is that it's an American edition, containing altered spellings and even different words in some instances from DNA's original. So if you're a purist looking for something definitive, this may not be for you.
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on 20 June 1996
Hitchhiker fans can breath a sigh of relief. This outstanding
five-volume trilogy is now available in one easy to carry volume!
Come join the adventures of our mishap-laden hero Arthur Dent
as his day starts from bad, his house is set to be demolished...and the notice
just arrived today; to worse, his planet is just about to be demolished...
Ford Prefect,Zaphod Beeblebrox,and sexy brainiac Trillian are
his companions on this jaunt from the restaurant at the end of the universe,
to the legendary planet of Magrathea, and beyond. This work is
full of British humor, twisted logic, and numerous references to Vogons,towels,
no tea, and the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy...a wonderfully useless piece of work
that no hitchhiker would dare leave home without.
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on 16 April 1998
This book is the epitomy of English wit and comedy at it's finest. A must read for anyone who loves the zany and outragous comedy situation mock-ups. The idea that a planet would be annihilated in a split-second for the construction of an inter-stellar freeway is a parody of progress on our world as we know it. Absolutely hilarious!!!
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on 18 September 2011
Although this book is written around the 1980's and you should think that it would be terribly old fashioned by now, it's remarkably up to date and the story line keeps being refreshing and really really funny. Read this book!
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on 22 July 1997
I read this book when I was 10 years old and occasionally I will go back to get a little kick. Not too bad for an entry level book. Might be a good book to get for your kid if he or she is interested in SF.
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