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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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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.

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4 out of 18 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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  • Posted October 22, 2013

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    Heard about this after the movie came out. Read the first then s

    Heard about this after the movie came out. Read the first then saw the movie. These were interesting, a little confusing but good. Not something I'd read. But still pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2005

    This book is okay, but not great

    I'll admit that this series has an intricate plot sequencing, a dynamic set of characters, and is quite hillarious. The book is decent, yet it is definatly far from outstanding. The book jumps around on a consistancy perturbing the reader. Lets just say that this book attracts readers searching for eccentricity in a book rather than a solid, structured story that persuades the reader to continue reading.

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