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Don't Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Paperback – September 15, 2009
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I think the book should be essential not only for Hitchhiker's buffs but also for wannabes in any creative profession.
Basically, think of this as the book equivalent to a "Bonus Features" DVD. It's jam packed with odd little stories and insights into the making of the Hitchhiker's universe (all media: radio, records, books, & TV). Die-Hard Adams fans will enjoy this.
And the fact that this happens to be compiled by Neil Gaiman, one of my other favorite writers, is just an added bonus.
If you have come looking for this book and have read this far my assumption is you are a Douglas Adams fan. H2 G2, Dirk Gently or possibly Dr. Who fans constitute the target readership for this book. Granted Douglas Adams had a very slight association with the Monty Python's crew; more of common friendships than creative participation but none of this qualifies Don't Panic for a general audience.
That portion of the book that is about Douglas Adams is clearly intended as a friends and family type biography. That is, one that is more affectionate than analytical or critical. A very large portion of the discussion of Adams the writer centers around his inability to meet any deadlines which is nothing new for people who know about Adams's history. Daiman does do a decent job of explaining Adamns and missed deadlines by providing the additional context of Adams; too often self-inflicted complex life.
Gaiman succeeds as an apologist for Douglas Adams and is someone who can speak in a voice very much like Douglas Adams. I have read as much of Adams published works as are available in America. I own and enjoy the original radio series and the original television series of H2 G2.Read more ›
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I love Neil Gaiman's writing and I've been a big fan of Douglas Adams forever but I just couldn't get into this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith B.
If you are a Douglas Adams fan or want to know more about different phases of his life and/or how the HHGG evolved, this is a great way to do so.Published 6 months ago by F. Nunn
I had a previous edition of this book, but so much has happened in Adams' life since then, including his untimely demise. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alan C. Schriver
Why Amazon is treating this BIOGRAPHY like a novel by asking questions such as "how would you describe the characters? Read morePublished 15 months ago by Treasure Island Books
If you have ever stood in a field staring up at the myriad stars in the night sky and wondering just how it came to be that the humanoid life-form known as Douglas Adams managed to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chris Ziesler
If I don't have new Douglas Adams to read, I can read new insights and antecdotes about him. Neil Gaiman is the icing on the cake.Published on July 5, 2014 by jMom
Written much in the style and humor of the author it honors, Neil Gaiman’s "Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" is a wonderful treat for fans... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Rabid Readers Reviews
Neil Gaiman is as usual exceptionally insightful. I chose the book as a birthday gift and also purchased the Hitchhiker's Guide with comments by Mr. Gaiman. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Artbelles
I didn't know what to expect from Neil Gaiman on this topic since I knew nothing of his history with Douglas Adams. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by C. Anderson