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Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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Submitted by Lestir Gunnarman 
(Dec 21, 2009)

Arthur and his alien friend Ford Prefect escape the earth before it is destroyed. They explore the strange and wacky place that we know as the universe. I enjoyed this books humor and I thought it was entertaining. I recommend this book for those who enjoy science fiction, monty python and all around strangeness. I do not suggest this book if you do not like confusing or random information. The movie was good but I thought the book was more enjoyable. The author liked to use long sentences and goes on tangents that have nothing to do with the storyline.

Submitted by Hannah Dooling 
(Sep 20, 2006)

It's one of those books you just want to pick up and hug it to bits. The turns of phrase's are so different, it throws you off the sentance and you have to read it again to fully appiciate it. Has provided endless hilarious days quoting it to my class mates and pissing off my teachers, who I have insisted to, that the answer to any of their questions is 42. Douglas Adams thanks, for all the fish.

Submitted by Praveen Narayanan 
(Jan 24, 2005)

Utterly ridiculous. I was first hooked to H2G2 with the radio series, which was very well done of course. Peter Jones, the book, and the brilliant Marvin, the manically depressed robot with a terrible pain on all the diodes on the left side, and who drives a spaceship computer to suicide just by talking to it, among other things.

The book is just as good, although slightly out of sync with the radio series. Throught the course of the plot, one keeps getting served with some of those extremely odd and outrageous phrases and constructions and all, some of which I can readily recall below (though not necessarily accurately, without the benefit of the original transcripts that I could use to spoil the effect)

Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple breasted whore of Eroticon 6

The Guide's description of The Earth: Harmless-modified by Ford Prefect to " Mostly harmless"

The pan Galactic Gargleblaster- A drink whose effect is like being hit by a slice of lemon wrapped in a large gold brick.

The total perspective vortex- an extrapolation of the universe from a fairy cake

The babelfish-wich the book describes as small, yellow , leech like, and is put into the ear to translate, which it does by feeding on brainwave energy, by absorbing all conscious frequencies and excreting into the brainwave matrix (or somethng like that) ....

The ravenous bugblatter beast of traal, which is incredibly stupid but very ravenous

The hagunennon-a motile thingy that converts to a bugblatter beast and almost eats up zaphod beeblebrox, only that it transforms (or evolves, as the book says) before it does so.

The shoe event horizon, with some incredibly accurate descriptions of what microsoft is now, as seen then, when it was all but non existent.

The Bird people who worship Arthur Dent.

The pink winged insect receptionist at the Hitch Hikers guide Headquarters at Ursa Minor

Woebagger the infinitely prolonged.

The list is endless. One misses something if it is not read.

Submitted by Lady A/ 
(May 18, 2003)

HHGTTG is a long time legend in the sci-fi arena. It is typical off beat humor. (If you enjoyed Monty Python or Benny Hill, you'll probably enjoy this too!) The First time I read this was back in the late 70's early 80's and somewhere, I still have a copy of the original radio script laying around.
There is something to laugh at on almost every page in this book. And of course the characters themselves are hysterical. Like Marvin the Depressed android. Poor Marvin, he can't even tolerate to ride an elevator because the doors seem too happy when they open and close. Or how about the theory of how the Earth was created... I won't ruin that for you, but I'll give you a hint... you know those little white mice in lab experiments...

Ok, so you should now be getting the idea of the off-beat type of humor that is in HHGTTG. Buy it, enjoy it and remember "Don't Worry!"

"So long and thanks for all the fish".

Lady A/

Submitted by Nick lincoln 
(Feb 11, 2003)

This book is book is terrible. The author needs to take some writting lessons.I wouldn't read this book because it has nothing good in it. The author gets off his topic the whole time and doesn't even know what he is talking about.

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