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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 1995
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Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.
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"It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive."
"The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions."
"Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves."
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"As parody, it's marvelous: It contains just about every science fiction cliche you can think of. As humor, it's, well, hysterical."
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*****THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS THAT ARE RELATIVELY INSIGNIFICANT TO THE PLOT LINE***** The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy invites you to hop aboard the “Heart of Gold” (an interstellar spacecraft) and fly away from the protective bubble that is our Earth. It will take you across the galaxy spanning from Vogan Destroyer Ships to the ancient planet manufacturing world of ___. Technically the invitation aboard is more of a demand as the Earth ends in a fiery explosion towards the beginning of the book which forces one man, Arthur Dent, to escape with an alien named Ford Perfect. The blowing up of the Earth represents a common theme within the book, being that Earthlings are dumb and insignificant.
From beginning to end, the alien species consistently reference how stupid Earthlings are and how ignorant they are to the happenings about the galaxy. For instance, when the “Heart of Gold” landed on ___, the aliens ventured into the interior of the planet, leaving Arthur Dent to stand guard outside, protecting them from life that doesn’t exist on the planet and hasn’t for 5,000,000 years. “Er, hey Earthman . . . ” ”Arthur,” said Arthur. ”Yeah could you just sort of keep this robot with you and guard this end of the passageway. Okay?” ”Guard?” said Arthur. ”What from? You just said there’s no one here.” ”Yeah, well, just for safety, Okay?” said Zaphod.” (Hitchhikers 95)
This exchange pretty much sums up what aliens think of Earth people. Good for nothings.
You probably know the story already. It is filled with nonsense, satire, and very cleaver, if not realistic sci-fi concepts. The excerpts into the fictional guide for which the series is named are enjoyable. Many classic lines. The updated entry for Earth changed from "Harmless" to "Mostly harmless." So enjoy the listen. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
Anyway, it's a fun read, although it drags at times. I like Marvin and the clever ideas and obvious jokes with elaborate setups that are characteristic of Douglas Adams.
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Would definitely recommend you wont regret it. Whilst you do need to focus to keep track of what is going on, its so hilarious to...Read more
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a hilarious read that was filled with funny phrases and inane comments.Read more