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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

28 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Review of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

I know, I know.. I should have read this book before then. I have a vague memory of attempting to read it about 10 years ago - but that was when books only interested me if they had a half-dressed hunk on the cover and promised a few hours of romantic dreams.

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I know, I know.. I should have read this book before then. I have a vague memory of attempting to read it about 10 years ago - but that was when books only interested me if they had a half-dressed hunk on the cover and promised a few hours of romantic dreams.

Clearly, this book didn't do that - so on the shelf it went. Now, in reading through the 1001 books to read I saw the name again and thought, hm.. perhaps I should give it a try. I'm glad I did.

While much of the book feels like it's still over my head (and it took me longer to read then I thought it would, seeing as I had to keep going back over things I didn't understand), I got more than my fair share of giggles out of it.

I don't think there's really anyone out there who doesn't know what this book is about - so let me tell you what my impressions of it were before, and after reading it.

Before I started reading this book I thought I knew the story. I understood 42 was somewhere in the book, and my impressions of the story came from an old PC game I picked up several years ago (I gave up on that game very quickly too). I knew there was a ship computer that talked, and that there was a depressed robot. And mostly I knew it was the story of a man named Arthur Dent. What I didn't know was how it all fit together.

Now I've read the book. I've laughed at the ship computer, finally understand that XKCD comic about the Kindle, loved loved loved Marvin the depressed robot and felt much of the same confusion that Arthur Dent must have felt. And I still don't quite know how it all fits together.

And that's why I like the book so much. Because I'm going to have to read it, and read it again - and although I think I still probably won't get it, I think I'll enjoy reading it every time, just like I enjoyed reading it this time. And really, if you can't enjoy reading a book... what's the point?

posted by Benz1966 on January 29, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

good book, very interesting, not everyones cup of tea, a lil ran

good book, very interesting, not everyones cup of tea, a lil random, but overall pretty good book, i can see myself finishing the series

posted by jjbookcast on June 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Anonomuodbssshj

    This book is absolutly TERIBLE i got it from a friend saying
    how awful it was!! please dont biy this book it is a total waste of your money!!(i know i spelt terrible wrong in the begining...sorry)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2009

    BAD BAD BAD

    this book was awful i would not recommend this to anyone

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

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    To put it short: the book was a bore from the beginning, the dialogue was rather slow and--dare I say it--again uninteresting. The characters, well lets just say they seemed like robots and not actual living beings. Im surprised so many people can be captivated by such a wonderful work of trash.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    oh my gosh

    this book deffiently was teribbly writen, there was no plot, no charecter devlopment. what was the point to the book. deffiently two thumbs down!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    TERRIBLE! ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE!

    This book is just plain bad. Random humor is funny, but should not be what holds a whole book together..and unfortunately, the author relies on random and (oh..what's the word?) UNFUNNY jokes to hold this novel together. Aboslutely terrible.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    ZZZZZZZZZZ

    I think I fell asleep about every other page. This book is dull dull dull. Give me a good book like 'The Sparrow' where you get character development. If it weren't for 'The Sparrow' I would have given up on science fiction.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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