The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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"IRRESISTIBLE!"
--The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."
--Publishers Weekly

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Plot was great, so were the plot twists. - Goodreads
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Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)

User Review  - Tig Carson - Goodreads

One of my favorite books of all time. My review wouldn't even do it justice. I would just like to say that it helped influence not only my writing, but my thinking as well. I now carry a towel everywhere I go, and do my best not to panic... ever. Read this book. Read full review

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

User Review  - Gen - Goodreads

I loved everything about this book, both the main plot and the nonsensical cutaways. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Douglas Adams is the author of five books in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. He lives in London.


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