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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide
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Author:Douglas Adams,
Manufacturer: Random House Value Pub
Release Date: January, 1996
Media: Hardcover
ISBN: 0517149257
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Rating 5   Funny as.....
I love this book. It has acompanied me on several trips (none of which I have hitchhiked through, though). And, of course, the intro by Douglas Adams adds a bit of class. The main charatcters in this book are all somewhat normal, although a few lean more twords a few fish short of a fish fry. (Tacky, I know. But isn't it delightful?) In this book, the author tells a tale which has made me laugh out loud in class precisly when I shoulnd't have. It is a wonderful book!

P.S. Im not really trying to be helpful, just trying to get others to read it.


Rating 5   No words to describe how perfect this book is!
I'm sure there is probably a fitting word in some far off galactic language but my bablefish is malfunctioning so I'll just have to resort to the English I have on hand. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy includes all five books in the Hitchhiker's "trilogy" plus the short story "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe". Douglas Adam's had intended for there to be only three books but due to fan demand and the excess ideas running around in his head, lo and behold the trilogy became a series though most fans still refer to it as the trilogy. As a side note, Adams was in the beginning stages of writing a sixth book, The Salmon of Doubt, when he died.

Anyhow, back to the book, the first part, "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", is the start of the beautiful (and slightly insane) series. The Hero? of the book is Arthur Dent, a man who wakes to find his house about to be demolished to make way for a hiway. He thought the big yellow bulldozer was the worst of his problems until his friend Ford Prefect tells him that Ford is an alien and that the Earth is going to be demolighed to make way for a SuperGalactic Hiway. Anyhow they are saved from Earth in the nic of time and so begins Arthur's amazing adventure through the cosmos. The characters that Arthur Dent meets along the way are well thought out and interesting such as the tempramental Zaphod Beeblebrox with his two heads, Marvin the chronicly depressed robot, and the annoyingly cheerful spaceship doors.

Of all the books included in this collection the first one is my favorite. You can almost see the crazy ideas oozing out of Douglas Adam's genius head. Read this book and witness the birth of your obsession. In these books there are no limits of time, physics, anatomy, or anything really and Adams takes full advantage of this like no other author I have read.
The other books in the series carry on the craziness of the first with most of the same characters and also some memorable new ones. After the first book, my next favorite has to be the fifth one "Mostly Harmless" which centers on Arthur's daughter Random.
Now This book is probably not for everyone. Such as if you have no sense of humor, are obsessed with neatness and order, or have a horrible fear of the number 42. Otherwise, buy this book and get ready to laugh out loud at the absurdity and incredible imagination that is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.


Rating 5   Has to be 5 because genius is rare.
Douglas Adams was very tall. I know because I met him once when I was 16 and only 6'1" and he towered over me. He was still very nice, gracious, witty and funny. Now he's dead. Shame.

This book collects the novels in one place - that's a good thing. It makes it easier for you to buy them. Which means you are more likely to read them. And have a more fulfilled life.

The stories are in some ways slightly dated, but that should not stop you from enjoying one of the sharpest literary descriptions of modern man's incomprehension with reality, life, the Universe and Everything.

Having moved to the USA (from England) I find that much of American corporate culture appears to depend on "SEP" fields. (Somebody Else's Problem). The description of how SEP fields can be induced is a work of genius that could only have occurred when Douglas was hit by an inspiron at a Test Match. No one who has struggled with a bill (Check) at a restaurant can fail to be impressed with "Bistromatics" and everyone can understand Arthur's feelings when he presses a button and it lights up in black on a black background and says, "DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON AGAIN"

From the age of about ten I have been completely smitten by these works. When we had an end of term "Mastermind" competition at school, my chosen specialised (sorry had to spell it in English) subject was "The four books of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy"... (dating me) I was only stumped by one question:

"What were the names of the two philosophers who were given the task of finding out the answer to life the universe and everything?" Deep in thought, I could only remember "Majikthighes" (SP)

Even if you don't understand cricket, this book will both educate you in the English psyche, and amuse you effortlessly. The prose is apparently took D.A. weeks to write per page, yet appears fluid and seamless. You can't tell it took so long. Enough said.

Buy and enjoy.

(c) Sirius Cybernetics Corp.

P.S. One of my most enjoyable literary experiences was asking Terry Pratchet at a writers' clinic: "is 'Rincewind' really 'Arthur Dent'". The fact that his answer took 40 minutes tells all...


 
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