The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Ballantine Books, 1997 - Fiction - 215 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
The pacing was terrible. - Goodreads
Great writing style, an entertaining easy read. - Goodreads
The ending: It was too abrupt. - Goodreads
I loved the sense of humour and Adams' writing style. - Goodreads
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Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)

User Review  - Sylar - Goodreads

This is quite possibly the best book ever written. From a former Doctor Who writer comes the most fantastic tale ever told, of Arthur Dent's journey from earth, to space, and beyond. Once again, this is the best book ever, I recommend to every single human being ever. Read full review

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

User Review  - Sis - Goodreads

Apart from the incredibly abrupt ending, I found this book to be amusing and light enough that I would recommend it to anyone. It's so chock full of internet/tech references that anybody living in this era would raise an eyebrow and snort involuntarily. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was 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. His other works include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.

You can find more about Douglas Adam's life and works at douglasadams.com.

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