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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

de Douglas Adams

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Sèrie: La Guía del Autoestopista Galáctico (1-5, story)

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In this collection of novels, Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction, and embarks on a series of amazing adventures with his new companion.
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    The Colour of Magic de Terry Pratchett (bluehooloovo, Morteana)
    bluehooloovo: Absurdity in a pure-fantasy world, rather than a soft-sci-fi world.
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    And Another Thing... de Eoin Colfer (Usuari anònim)
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    Starfighters of Adumar de Aaron Allston (bluehooloovo)
    bluehooloovo: Humor in space! They're practically soul-mates, though Starfighters is a Star Wars book, with all that entails. But Aaron Allston really brings the funny, though it's a different kind of funny than most of Adams's.
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    Catch-22 de Joseph Heller (GaryPatella)
    GaryPatella: Although the plots and writing styles are very distinct, it seemed to me like Douglas Adams and Joseph Heller had a similar sense of humour. I think that those who enjoy the humour in Hitchhiker's Guide will also enjoy the humour of Catch-22.
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    American Gods de Neil Gaiman (bluehooloovo)
    bluehooloovo: Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction to this omnibus, and I think that most Adams fans will find a kindred spirit in Gaiman and enjoy his books.
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I've heard a lot about these books the past few years, even saw the seperate volumes at a book sale, but decided not to purchase them (yet). Three months later, I wanted to buy the boxset, but opted for the omnibus instead, for some or other reason.

I had been postponing the reading of this brick of a books (815 pages) quite often, but in the end, you have to go through with it.

This omnibus contains 6 books:

1) "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" - the classic that started it all.
2) "The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe"
3) "Life, The Universe And Everything"
4) "So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish"
5) "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" (bonus story)
6) "Mostly Harmless"

It all started really well with "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy". As this is my first encounter with Douglas Adams's works, I find his writing style smooth, and I loved the witty and fun stuff. Plus, the story's ending was quite open, I found, hence the need for "The Restaurant". And this one contains more action, plus the required funny moments. However, the proof-reading could have been done a bit more profoundly, as here and there a comma is missing, which makes the reading a little less slow. Other than that, no complaints. Oh yes, Marvin rocks! That little, depressed robot.

"Life, The Universe and Everything" is, compared to the other two, rather mediocre. Not as funny, and as I read it directly after the first two, it became a drag to read it, mainly around halfway. After that things got a bit better. But not enough to increase my enthousiasm.

And the reading pleasure went more downhill in "So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish", which was good for a good portion. With regards to the bonus story, "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe": What sh*t is this? It's not a story, but an extract. Or rather, reads/feels like one. Barely 10 pages long. Dafuq? It's supposed to be a prelude to the series, but I fail to see any connection with the proper books, and this little story is really very short. It doesn't have a beginning or an end, not in the proper sense. Like I said, more like an extract. I feel cheated.

Last but not least, "Mostly Harmless". This one started pretty alright, also has its funny moments, some nice action pieces, lots of imagination (of course), but the ending? What is that? It is as if mr. Adams quickly needed to round things off, ran out of wits and imagination, didn't see the grand structure of the story anymore and just wrote something to get it over with. So, by itself, it's not that bad a story, but in the context of the series, it's another mediocre book, this time with, again, a bad ending.

In short: I'm glad I finally read this classic book, for it is indeed a good one. Or rather, the first two are very good, 3 and 4 are less good, but in the total picture still worth reading. The bonus story is not even worth mentioning, actually, and the last book is/was milking out the concept (read: wasn't that necessary). However, memorable and commendable is the fun stuff, the style, and the occasional psychological, and scientific elements. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
I am rereading Doulas Adams' Hitchhiker series and enjoying it just as much as the first time. Great fun! ( )
  lynnbyrdcpa | Dec 7, 2020 |
Douglas Adams' mind is not like other people's. His "Hitchhiker" stories are fun, silly, complex and full of wisdom on an infinite scale. His characters go on galactic explorations to find the answers to life's ineffable questions. The meaning of life? Bah! add the universe and everything to the mix then add extra dimensions and you get near the depth of the questions being raised. If you read this review, I can only say "we apologize for the inconvenience" ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
Who can't love a book this random and ingenious? I suppose it may be a bit much to recommend the whole series, but there are really funny parts in all of the books. The cricket game is a bit tedious, and if you put Hitchhiker's guide down for too long, you'll probably forget what was happening, but overall, it's quality. ( )
  librarymeanslove | Oct 1, 2020 |
Amazing wit, classic, hilarious. the movie is a primer, little more. ( )
  AmazingBaka | Sep 3, 2020 |
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The history of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is now so complicated that every time I tell it I contradict myself, and whenever I do get it right I'm misquoted.
The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village. It stood on its own and looked out over a broad spread of West Country farmland. Not a remarkable house by any means—it was about thirty years old, squattish, squarish, made of brick, and had four windows set in the front of a size and proportion which more or less exactly failed to please the eye.
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Don't panic.
"You'd better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It's unpleasantly like being drunk."

"What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"

"You ask a glass of water."
"Well," said Ford, "if we're lucky it's just the Vogons come to throw us into space."

"And if we're unlucky?"

"If we're unlucky," said Ford grimly, "the captain might be serious in his threat that he's going to read us some of his poetry first."
Resistance is useless! (Vogon soldier shouting)
Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.
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Includes Collected Books 1-5, Plus a bonus story Young Zaphod Plays it Safe.
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