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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story (Deluxe Edition) Leather Bound – November 1, 2005
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It's safe to say that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest science fiction novels ever written. Adams spoofs many core science fiction tropes: space travel, aliens, interstellar war--stripping away all sense of wonder and repainting them as commonplace, even silly.
This omnibus edition begins with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction. Then in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur and his new friends travel to the end of time and discover the true reason for Earth's existence. In Life, the Universe, and Everything, the gang goes on a mission to save the entire universe. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish recounts how Arthur finds true love and "God's Final Message to His Creation." Finally, Mostly Harmless is the story of Arthur's continuing search for home, in which he instead encounters his estranged daughter, who is on her own quest. There's also a bonus short story, "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe," more of a vignette than a full story, which wraps up this completist's package of the Don't Panic chronicles. As the series progresses, its wackier elements diminish, but the satire of human life and foibles is ever present. --Brooks Peck --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Rambunctious and very funny...a sort of rollicking good read. -- The Washington Post Book World --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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?