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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

32 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

DON'T PANIC! Mice rule the universe, but you've still got your towel!

I discovered HGTTG years ago and loved it. I recently found the five-part trilogy bound in one volume, and decided to re-read what I thought had been the best send-up of science fiction ever written. I was right. Beginning with an unlikely starship crew co...
I discovered HGTTG years ago and loved it. I recently found the five-part trilogy bound in one volume, and decided to re-read what I thought had been the best send-up of science fiction ever written. I was right. Beginning with an unlikely starship crew consisting of a two-headed, fugitive Galactic President, a burned-out travel writer, a paranoid android, (who parks cars for 5 billion years while waiting to be rescued) a mysterious beauty, and the last survivor of the late planet Earth, (which was destroyed to make way for a galactic freeway) Douglas Adams has managed to incorporate every science fiction cliche known to man or Vogon. However, unlike most writers of SF, he does not take himself or his subject too seriously. The result is a universe of marvelous silliness and deliciously ditzy characters who zoom along on their improbability drive, carrying their towels, drinking Pan Galactic Gargleblasters, while trying to avoid having a Vogon poetry read at them, or meeting up with the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. My suggestion? Buy the book, lock yourself in your room, and read it--preferably on the floor, because that's where you'll end up anyway--unless you're the type who still thinks digital watches are pretty neat things.

posted by Anonymous on December 8, 2002

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4 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

For your consideration

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is arguably one of the best science fiction books of the 21st Century; sadly, I did not feel the same way. Even though I do not enjoy reading science fiction books, this book would have been awful even if it was not science fiction....
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is arguably one of the best science fiction books of the 21st Century; sadly, I did not feel the same way. Even though I do not enjoy reading science fiction books, this book would have been awful even if it was not science fiction. It is rambling/ repetitive, the wording is confusing, and the plot is all over the place. I believe that they should have given the reader a guidebook for the story when they bought it, so that they could find their way through the different tangents that the story alludes to throughout the storyline. I am actually regretting buying the book. One positive thing about this book is that it is a quick read and it had some witty parts.

posted by DANIELoBAUMa on December 6, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    First two books were pretty good

    Two of these five books were good, so two out of five stars were given. Also, I passed out from laughing at Marvin, who all but dissapeared in the last three books.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Bad

    Got bored in the beginning of the second book

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    I wanted to like it, but unfortunately, I did not.

    While some parts were genuinely funny and I did appreciate the attempt at originality (thus, the 2 stars), I did not enjoy the overall "plot" of this tale, if you can call it that. It was largely just random accounts of nonsensical and bizarre happenings that apparently had absolutely nothing to do with anything else going on in the story at all. In fact, after reading nearly 600 of the 800+ pages, hoping all the while that it would all come together for me and I would get some enjoyment out of it, it came to the point where I simply could not force myself to read it anymore and I gave up.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    Writting on LSD is bad..

    I bought this book because so many people love it I thought I couldn't go wrong. The first two books were good. But after that it's as if Adams gave up and just wrote about nonsence. He goes off on tangents and strays from the main path of the book, a good deal of the book. He spends more time with these tangents then he does the actual story. I have maybe ten more pages to read in the last book, and I feel like a kid looking at the huge Brussel sprouts on my dinner plate. I just don't want to finish it. His books in this series are very anticlamatic, as they all suffer from rambeling bullsh!t. I catch a great deal of greif for my veiws, but what can I say, I don't like the books. I seriously have to question the sanity of all the people who adore this series. I'm sure due to the sparatic way the books are written that the author was dropping acid or was quite insain. On a side note the movie adaptaion to this series of books was horrific. Never again will I watch that trash movie.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2005

    HUH???

    I heard so many good things about this but... The only thing that kept me reading this book was the curiosity to see if it ever went anywhere (well other than all over the place to no end). I think 'A Random Account of Oddball Things Happening Here and There Though-out the Galaxy' would have been an more appropriate title. Though imaginative I think my three-year old niece can spin a tale that makes as much sense.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2004

    eh

    The first book is ok, but the humor gets old really fast.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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