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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first of six books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the . to the Galaxy (), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe ( ), Life, the Universe The book, entitled And Another Thing, was published in October , on the 30th anniversary of the publication of the original novel. Following his rescue, Dent explores the galaxy with Prefect and encounters Trillian as a young man with a copy of the Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe book: while lying .. Also appearing in The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, at the end of Adams's .. to the Galaxy Part Two: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe in the UK. Rate this book Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the To ask other readers questions about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, please sign up. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, # · Life, the Universe and.

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Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you lie there with him. He's a tall guy, but he'll make room. For all his crazed unpredictability, Adams is a powerful rationalist.

His humor comes from his attempts to really think through all the things we take for granted. It turns out it takes little more than a moment's questioning to burst our preconceptions at the seams, yet rarely does this stop us from treating the most ludicrous things as if they were perfectly reasonable. It is no surprise that famed atheist Richard Dawkins found a friend and ally in Adams. What is surprising is that people often fail to see the rather consistent and reasonable philosophy laid out by Adams' quips and absurdities.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – review

His approach is much more personable and less embittered than Dawkins', which is why I think of Adams as a better face for rational materialism which is a polite was of saying 'atheism'. Reading his books, it's not hard to see that Dawkins is tired of arguing with uninformed idiots who can't even recognize when a point has actually been made.

Adams' humanism, however, stretched much further than the contention between those who believe, and those who don't. We see it from his protagonists, who are not elitist intellectuals--they're not even especially bright--but damn it, they're trying. By showing a universe that makes no sense and having his characters constantly question it, Adams is subtly hinting that this is the natural human state, and the fact that we laugh and sympathize shows that it must be true.

It's all a joke, it's all ridiculous. The absurdists might find this depressing, but they're just a bunch of narcissists, anyhow. Demanding the world make sense and give you purpose is rather self centered when it already contains toasted paninis, attractive people in bathing suits, and Euler's Identity. I say let's sit down at the bar with the rabbi, the priest, and the frog and try to get a song going.

Or at least recognize that it's okay to laugh at ourselves now and again. It's not the end of the world. It's just is a joke, but some of us are in on it. View all 43 comments. Hollie Rose had to make a comment just so there'd be 42 comments - I couldn't let it sit here at 41 when I know the answer! Feb 28, Joshua Cain a fillip, not a fillop.

May 29, Another classic. If you don't like this series, you probably put your babel fish in the wrong hole. You are the reason that human beings are only the third most intelligent species on earth behind mice and dolphins. So long, and thanks for all the fish! View all 8 comments. Douglas Adams fans. In my experience, readers either love Adams' books or quickly put them down.

I, for example, quite literally worship the words Adams puts on the page, and have read the Hitchhiker's Trilogy so many times that I have large tracts of it memorized. But both my wife and father couldn't get past book one: The first three books in the Hitc In my experience, readers either love Adams' books or quickly put them down. The ideas, plots, puns, jokes, and phrases that fill their pages have influenced an entire generation of not only writers, but people from all fields.

For instance: For more of these, consult wikipedia.

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Chances are, if you're reading these books for the first time, you'll be surprised to see how many everyday things were named after Adams' creations. The books aren't, of course, without their problems. Adams himself admitted that the Trilogy had, and I paraphrase, a long beginning, a long conclusion, and not much in the middle though I can't remember where I read that.

He was also regularly accused of writing for the sake of cranking out one-liners. The books as a whole jump about like a manic puppy on methamphetamines, and there are at least a few jokes in there that will completely fly over the heads of any readers who lack a basic comprehension of quantum physics. Despite this, the Hitchhiker's Trilogy remains as the single most entertaining and enjoyable series of books I've ever read--a position they've occupied for some fifteen years.

Adams' wit and wisdom still baffle me in their greatness, and he remains to this day one of only two authors who can regularly, consistently make me howl with laughter the other being Terry Pratchett. Readers beware: And you'll never be sorry you let it bite. View all 22 comments. With the plethora of wonderful reviews already written for this book by my fellow GRs, I decided instead to provide some helpful, practical advice on why reading this book might benefit my fellow goodreaders.

Therefore, as both life management tool and a safety warning , I have compiled my: Number 5: Number 4: The book is smart, funny, well-written and full of wonderful commentary on the human condition and clever humor: The argument goes something like this: It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. Number 2: North Korea's Kim Jong- il hates this book And finally…. Number 1: Understanding the deep, nuanced meaning at the heart of this novel will help better prepare you should you ever find yourself in a situation like this: If through sharing the above bit of meaningless nonsense wisdom, I have: View all 42 comments.

It's not you, it's me Unfortunately this book wasn't for me. Some of the humor I liked but it was too absurd for me and it was too slow to really start. I wish I had liked it as much as everyone else but it definitely didn't make it to my "favorite books of all time" list! I finally figured out what was my issue with this book. There's a French movie called "Rrrrrrr" similar humour to Monty Pyton and I've had way more fun using the jokes out of context with fr It's not you, it's me There's a French movie called "Rrrrrrr" similar humour to Monty Pyton and I've had way more fun using the jokes out of context with friends than I did actually watching the movie.

Recommending it was always a bit weird because it's just an okay movie but This summarizes exactly how I feel about this book! View all 23 comments. I am not one of those who think this is the best book ever written. It does not affect me on any deep emotional level and this kind of quirky sci-fi comedy is just not really my thing. However, that being said, Adams' has some of the best quotes EVER not all of these are from this exact book: This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. View all 11 comments. Please, before anything This review is harmless , well mostly harmless.

I think that one of the things that one has to keep in mind while reading this book is that it was written in Having this important factor in perspective, it's quite astonishing the vision of Douglas Adams, the author, presenting a lot of visionary elements, starting with the very "book inside the book", I mean The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , since it's presented as an electronic book.

Also, he mentioned stuff like "touch-sensitive screens" that yet again, it's now something introduced in our daily lives. Science-Fiction, the good science fiction is defined by being visionary in the moment to be published and a fact, years later. Just like Verne's work predicting events like space rockets and nuclear submarines.

The President of the Universe holds no real power. His sole purpose is to take attention away from where the power truly exists Obviously, beside the mesmering tecnology stuff that he predicted, the signature style here is his remarkable sense of humor, SMART sense of humor.

In literature and pop culture in general, there were been unforgettable examples of computers like the cold HAL from A Space Odyssey and the noble K. However, nothing of that can prepare you to the experience of meeting "Eddie", the Main Computer of the Heart of Gold spaceship or Marvin, the Paranoid Android. This is one of the best traits of Douglas Adams' wit in the development of artificial intelligence.

I wasn't surprised since some months ago, I read Shada by Gareth Roberts but based on the Doctor Who 's unaired script written by Douglas Adams where you find another priceless example of a computer with a personality that only Adams is able to develop. You laugh and laugh with them BUT not only because they's funny but also they are truly logical as artifical intelligences in their way to react to situations.

Adams' impact of how presenting artificial intelligence can be found too in another novel of Doctor Who , Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris, where the author showed how well he learned Adams' lessons.

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Resistance is useless! I believe that Douglas Adams' involvement in the production of the iconic British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who as script editor and writer of three stories, it was fated since I found remarkable similarities on the premises of both works, this novel and the TV series.

Both has a peculiar fellow who stole certain machine and along with companions is travelling around. So, it wouldn't a surprise that he got some inspiration since Doctor Who was widely known since specially on its native country, England. Of course, his participation on another British TV institution like Monty Python's Flying Circus was a relevant point for Adams to explode his humoristic potential. To boldly split infinitives that no man had split before It's possible that people unfamiliar with Adams' work could think that since this is a novel with comedy, they could think that it can't be a "serious" science-fiction book.

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However, the brilliance of this novel is its capacity of offering smart humor while using scientific concepts like the theory of faster-than-light objects. Even you won't be able to fight against his priceless explanation behind the UFOs' sightings.

Without spoiling anything, I think that my only reason of getting off a star in my rating of this great novel was its lacking a proper closure. I understand that this the first book in a trilogy of five books yes, you read correctly, it wasn't a mistake so the adventures and mysteries will continue in the second book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

However, it was quite unsettling when you are having the time of your life reading it and the book just stopped to have words. I describe it like that since I didn't feel an ending. It was indeed just like the impossibility of not finding more words in the book. What I can give to Adams is that that was quite improbable but in my opinion, quite unlikely way to just "ending" this book.

Yes, yet again, you read well, and it isn't a mistake View all 66 comments. What can I say?


View all 15 comments. I hated this book. It was required in one of my English Lit. The time spent reading this book is time that I will never get back. I think this book may have shortened my life; it was such a waste of time. View all 54 comments. Fine, because the rest of Douglas Adams' famous novel includes many more of those humorous elements.

I have a very difficult personal history with Sci-Fi novels; some of them I could appreciate but not enjoy; some I could appreciate but got bored with them very quickly; but The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was the first Sci-Fi novel which ever made me simultaneously appreciate, enjoy and even love the book. Wait a minute! But Douglas Adams didn't only attempt and succeed to write this groundbreaking approach to the science fiction genre, he was also able to make you think a lot about several important questions: What is the meaning of life?

Why do we live? Why do we die? What is the meaning of the Universe? Adams intentionally answers these questions in rather absurd ways, mainly because it is impossible to find ultimate answers and definitions for these topics. But those are all questions everyone has already asked themselves, and Adams isn't afraid to tackle them in a way that the reader can't help but laugh about it.

But don't be mistaken, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is probably not the best book you will ever find, it is probably not going to make you cry because of its emotional intensity, it is probably not going to keep you on the edge of your seat due to its ming-bogglingly suspenseful plot. Adams' book is rather an episodic account of several random adventures in the cosmic space, and for me it was mostly Adams' writing style which it was impossible to resist.

He lures his readers into the story and before you even realize it, you are probably already laughing. And don't forget to bring your towel! View all 49 comments. Jul 11, Evgeny rated it it was ok. A disclaimer: I don't have no sense of humor!!! Together this dynamic pair begin a jou A disclaimer: Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space. I did not find the book funny at all please see the disclaimer.

It is either that I do not know what funny is - even if it hits me on the head, or is is not my kind of humor. The Earth and everything on it gets destroyed? I did not even smile. The only two survivors did not care about the fact at all? I was not even mildly amused. I can go on. I understand that the book is silly and humorous, so I do not ask for any character development, or anything resembling a plot, or any deep philosophy about reason or mind.

However remove the humor from such a novel like in my hopeless case - please see the disclaimer and you will be left with exactly nothing at all. This is my second attempt to read the series; the first time was quite a while ago and I actually found it a little better than it appeared now. The only reason I gave it two stars was out of respect for its status of a classic of science fiction and its influence.

I do not get Douglas Adams' humor please see the disclaimer. I suck - I know this, so do not bother commenting about it. View all 33 comments. Not sure what it was about this book that made me not like it as much as I was hoping. Before I actually read it, lots of my friends recommended it and the cool, edgy people all loved it basically, the hipsters of the 90s!

Perhaps that was the famous dry British humor? Also, it felt like Adams was trying to incl Not sure what it was about this book that made me not like it as much as I was hoping. Also, it felt like Adams was trying to include a joke in every sentence. I started to think that perhaps the TV show and the text adventure streamlined the humor and made it more accessible to me. I do think that a lot of people will like this one and sing its praises - and you don't even need to be cool and edgy!

But if you like your British humor in controlled, coherent doses, you may have the same experience as me.

View all 25 comments. This is a wholly remarkable book. You can buy a copy at the bookstore, download it from Kindle, or check it out at the library. Go ahead, leave work, duck out of school, cancel that appointment and just read and enjoy. Tell them Dr. Johnny Fever has prescribed this and it is necessary for your health. Jan 07, Tucker rated it really liked it Recommended to Tucker by: What a weird little book. Something I'll do, almost immediately after finishing a book, is Google the heck out of the genre it belongs to.

For example, after finishing Furiously Happy, I wanted to find a book that would make me laugh as much as it did. When in doubt, turn to Google. I have googled "most funny books" , "funny fiction books" and " comedy books". Each time, this was one of the top results. But also because Goo What a weird little book. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea.

It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat. Life, the Universe and Everything The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky- so they plan to destroy it.

The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination.

But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak. Mostly Harmless Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?

Includes the bonus story "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" "With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight. Adams makes us laugh until we cry. Other books in this series. Main article: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film. Novels portal. The official Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy companion. Titan Books. Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams. Chatham, Kent: The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March Retrieved 16 December A Novel The Salmon of Doubt.

And Another Thing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Don't Panic: Portal Category. Works by Douglas Adams.

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