The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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22 Critic Reviews

...fans of absurd deadpan parody will happily flip through this likable send-up in order to extract a couple of dozen fine giggles.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

"IRRESISTIBLE!"
--The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."
--Publishers Weekly
 

About Douglas Adams

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Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams was born in Cambridge, England in 1952. He has written for radio, television and theater and has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, radio producer, and script editor. His bestsellers include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Del Rey. 204 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Comics & Graphic Novels, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
All: 22 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on Nov 02 2011

...fans of absurd deadpan parody will happily flip through this likable send-up in order to extract a couple of dozen fine giggles.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Cara on Sep 07 2014

This book is one of genius. Adams takes a refreshingly light approach to embarking on some of the worlds' biggest philosophical problems.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Alex Brown on Sep 24 2013

For me, it was a crack of light in a pitch black basement, something to guide my escape from a life I was never happy in. For others it’s just a damn fine book, entertaining, witty, and funny as all getout.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Serena Burns on Sep 27 1995

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY is required reading for science fiction fans and is also sure to be loved by fans of Terry Pratchett, Monty Python (well, British humor in general), dolphins (you have to read it to understand), or anyone just looking for a great read.

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About.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Shawn Stufflebeam on May 09 2013

This book is so funny that I just about couldn't put it down. Don't read it on an airplane, unless you don't mind everyone staring at you because you're the idiot who can't stop laughing out loud at your paperback the entire flight. Seriously.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Stacie R. on May 13 2014

All in all, this was a fabulous book. Adjectives such as brilliant and not-to-be missed come to mind. Should you choose not to read it, I must forewarn you that you will feel very left out when all of your friends know that the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42...

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Paul C. on May 13 2014

The real joy of the novel is to sit back and absorb it all. Some of the best parts are the asides from the author, sometimes hidden in "entries" in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which are proliferated throughout the text.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Unknown on May 13 2014

Overall, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy provides nonstophumor and entertainment for the mature (and sometimes immature) reader.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Lauren Bryans on Dec 22 2009

In Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the reoccurring existential theme of meaninglessness in seeking answers seeks to illuminate Adams' concept of accepting the universe, rather than searching for the answers to the mysteries of the universe...

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http://www.bookdrum.com

Good
on May 13 2014

Many great books have been adapted successfully for other media, but I can't think of such a brilliant novel ever being adapted from a drama.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Above average
on Nov 21 2011

216 breezy pages later, I can say that my life has not been changed by reading it, but it was worth reading just so now I'll really get all the jokes.

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The Literary Omnivore

Good
on Jul 06 2011

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a light, wacky, and irreverent romp, relying heavily on its fantastic wit and less on its story.

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Pretty Books

Good
Reviewed by prettybooks on May 04 2012

I enjoyed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a lot more than I thought I would. I’d seen it described as ‘silly’ (though not necessarily as a critique) but I actually didn’t think it was silly at all. It struck me as being very, very British.

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SF Reviews

Good
on May 11 2001

...it still must be said that there's no point in trying to pretend this is any attempt at high literature, just as it's senseless to make an argument that the Three Stooges created timeless cinema. Hell, just kick up your heels and have a good laugh.

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Sarah Says Read

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on May 13 2014

...it’s not like you really get to know the characters too well. But I’m still really looking forward to reading the next book and seeing what happens to them next. I like when fondness for characters kind of creeps up on me like that, without me really expecting it.

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Reading In Winter

Above average
Reviewed by Kristilyn on Aug 13 2012

The book was quite enjoyable. When I think of “science fiction” I always think it’s going to be hard to read — but it really isn’t. I guess you could get some books that are a little too technical, or a little too out there, but this book was just really enjoyable.

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Entomology of a Bookworm

Good
on Jan 10 2013

What is so strikingly glorious about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...is the humor and the wit and the philosophy contained in what is otherwise a series of bizarre coincidences and strange plot turns.

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Reading Copy Book Blog

Good
on May 13 2014

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...is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.

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The Book Zone (For Boys)

Good
on May 25 2012

This book had a huge effect on me as a young reader, and it is still one of my favourite reads as an adult.

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Fanboy Comics

Below average
Reviewed by Steve Alloway on Feb 11 2014

To me, you will always be just five books and a cheaply made British miniseries. Let the rest have their mediocre movies and their posthumous sequels.

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Wag the Fox

Good
on Sep 28 2009

It's an accessible sci-fi romp, so those like me who tend to stray from the harder sci-fi novels should feel comfortable sitting down to read this one.

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Tattooed Books

Good
Reviewed by loreleimarsh on Jul 19 2013

...the scientific possibilities of all the artifacts and mechanics seen within the book allow the reader to imagine that some great things are possible.

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