The ultimate hitchhiker's guide

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Wings Books, Jan 17, 1996 - Fiction - 815 pages
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Finally, here they are in one outrageous volume--all six bestselling Hitchhiker stories by Douglas Adams, including his latest addition to the collection, "Mostly Harmless." Plus, you'll find a perplexingly frank introduction by the author himself, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the books and the zany radio series that inspired them.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: " Arthur Dent, mild-mannered, out-to-lunch kind of guy, is plucked from Earth just before it is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Towel in hand, he begins his journey through space and time with his rescuer Ford Prefect, a traveling researcher for the "Guide."

"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: " The floor show is Doomsday while Arthur and Ford dine with Zaphod Beeblebrox, well-appendaged, ex-head honcho of the Universe, and Trillian, his human girlfriend.

"Life, the Universe and Everything: " Everything important and then some is examined in this third book, when Arthur Dent and his companions find they must avert Armageddon and save the Universe for life as we know it (or think we know it!)

"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: " Galaxy-weary space traveler Arthur Dent returns to Earth with his new voidoid gang to discover that it has been mysteriously reinstated.

"Young Zaphod Plays It Safe: " The two-headed hero travels to the depths of the ocean floor to investigate the mysterious destruction of the ship that "could one hundred percent positively never crash."

"Mostly Harmless: " Once again, Arthur Dent tries to return to Earth, but instead settles for an honorary position as master sandwich maker.

If you're just discovering Douglas Adams's galactic gangbuster of aseries, don't panic: "The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: " is your chance to have it all! (Towel not included.)

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Brilliant writing, truly one of a kind. - Goodreads
In my opinion, the ending was rather disappointing... - Goodreads
Great stories, funny and easy to read. - Goodreads
An entertaining parody of the space opera sub-genre. - Goodreads
Also, the plot is oddly contrived at times. - LibraryThing
Awesome writing style. - Goodreads

Review: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5)

User Review  - Evelyn - Goodreads

A fun read. I do not make a habit of the word "zany" but I will say this series is zany. While I was in China I read over 200 pages a day to finish. Books reviewed individually: Hitchhiker's Guide to ... Read full review

Review: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5)

User Review  - Jack - Goodreads

Incredible. Sci-fi classic that is out-right hilarious. Read full review


The Restaurant at the End of the Universe145
Life the Universe and Everything311
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Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.