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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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Guide is primarily about the adventures of Arthur, an ordinary average guy forced to leave earth and go on a journey through the cosmos. He is joined by Ford Prefect, a writer for the Guide, Trillian, an astrophycist from Earth, Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy, and Marvin, an extremely depressed robot. Over the course of five books, they encounter a wide array of aliens, planets, and towels.
The best element of these books is the humor. Adams is a master of satire, regularing stopping the plot to give a humorous take on everything he can think of. This book is almost impossible to put down it's so funny. The only downside is that he clearly had no idea where to go with the overall plot. After the second book, plots and characters would appear and disappear out of nowhere, and the ending fizzled out. That is the only reason I couldn't give this 5 stars.
This is one of the best pieces of YA literature out there. Have fun.
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.
This is a great series for just about anyone over 12 years of age and under 1000 (in case anyone out there hitchhiking the galaxy happens to read this review) It is delightfully funny, sarcastic, and witty, while also being a satire of our current everyday life.
I will always keep a towel with me, or at the very least in my car. My daughter confiscated my last towel which was green. Now I have a dingy yellow one, which will be replaced as soon as a suitable replacement can be found.
Why all the babble about a towel? Well, either ask Ford Perfect or as he is rather hard to find, read the books!
Happy reading and keep your towels handy, you never know do you?