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"The looniest of the lot."--Time "A MADCAP ADVENTURE . . . ADAMS'S WRITING TEETERS ON THE FRINGE OF INSPIRED LUNACY."--United Press International "The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings . . . Adams is irresistible."--The Boston Globe "From the Paperback edition."
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A splendidly funny and silly book, quite a successful novelisation of the Radio Series.
Note that the extracts from the archives come right at the end of Chapter 35, and are interesting, especially the fax from Douglas to the American script editor, explaining why some things shouldn't be changed. For some reason, they're not listed in the table of contents.
But in all seriousness. This book is so good that its going to be a classic for the longest time ever. I read this book fifteen years ago for the first time, and when I saw it suggested on amazon, I laughed out loud and purchased it immediately. I mean, withing 15 seconds. Which, incidentally, is how long it takes Arthur Dent to plonk himself in front of a bulldozer outside his house.
So yes. If you love a good book, but also enjoy a huge laugh, then this is for you. If, on the other hand, are a vapid, vacant staring mouth breather who enjoys nothing but being generally miserable, then you'll hate this. Mein Kampf is in the historical section.
So long, and thanks for all the laughs, Mr Adams. I won't stop laughing till I join you, a sentiment I'm sure millions share.
It's iconic? It's the cleverest and wittiest sci-fi book written? The best radio sci-fi ever? TV? (We'll forget the terrible movie version)
I've been a fan since I first heard it millions of years ago on the radio - since then I've listened to the CD version over and over whilst driving around but, after all these years, decided it was them to get back to the printed version.
The idea at the core of this book is timeless ("time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so") and is applicable today as it was when DA first put pen to paper. OK, so we don't marvel at digital watches any more but where humankind sits in the pecking order of the multiverse is unchanged.
Any trilogy that spills over into 5 volumes has to have something going for it - and this series punches well above its weight.
So, start here and read on . If it's a re-read, then it'll be like meeting up with a good old friend in the pub, if you're a mouse then you'll already know all about this and if it's a first time read for you, well - there's a whole universe stretching out there for you. "Oh, God, not another one?!" (Read on, and you'll learn who said that.)
But don't forget your towel.
Rating: 4 out of 5
This is Book 4 of the Hitchhiker series but its very different to the first three. It features Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and Marvin (briefly), I missed Trillian and Zaphod and obviously a whole lot more of Marvin. As always, it is a cleverly written book with typical Douglas Adams humour.
I was disappointed by the overt focus on romance in this copy (reminded me of cheapish 70s sci-fi movies with better dialogues). I would have preferred more space action to boring earthly love scenes.
If you have never read these books and are wondering if you should, wonder no more.....just buy them, enjoy them and tell everybody you love about them so that they can love them and keep the visions of the genius that Douglas was alive!
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