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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (book)

420 Ratings: 3.5
Science fiction comedy series created by Douglas Adams

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 … see full wiki

Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, British Humor, Satire
Publisher: Del Ray
Date Published: Sept 27, 1995
55 reviews about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (book)
Quick Tip by . June 06, 2012
posted in SF Signal
This is the only book that never ceases to make me laugh out loud every time I pick it up. The cosmos should always have at least one Douglas Adams at all times. My favorite bit -- the SEP, or Someone Else's Problem. A giant space ship lands in the middle of a famous cricket pitch but the crowd doesn't see it because it's an SEP and people don't see SEPs. And Marvin. And the Restaurant at the End of the Universe where your meal encourages you to eat it. And poetry that's a form of torture and ... …
Quick Tip by . December 20, 2011
OK, I finally read it. It is occasionally barely funny but mostly just dumb. It is like Harry Potter in that I am forced to wonder how this has become such a big deal. I am not reading any more of the series.      But I think I should recommend something better that no one ever heard of:      Trample an Empire Down by Mack Reynolds.      It is also from 1978 but is more directly relevant. The Democratic and Republican parties have merged …
Quick Tip by . February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
A good fast, fun read. I tend to reread Hitchhiker's every 5 years or so and recommend it as a gateway novel for people who like wacky comedy who might develop an interest in SF.
review by . July 20, 2010
This book has the spirit of Monty Python in its writing (the author worked with the comedy troupe later on in their years together). If you like Flying Circus and love science fiction then you should definitely pick up a copy. The humor is wry, witty, and completely out of this world (lame pun I know).
review by . July 02, 2010
It is the first in the classic "5-part" trilogy involving Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect.  Arthur Dent is grabbed from Earth by his friend Ford Prefect, whom he just found out is an alien, moments before a cosmic construction team demolishes the planet to build a freeway. They are aided by the Hitchhiker's Guide which offers such insights as "a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" and as well as galaxy of fellow …
Quick Tip by . October 09, 2010
The written work is priceless, the BBC mini-series version is adequate and amusing (if somewhat dated). The newer film is my least favorite of the versions out there right now. While amusing, it felt more like a cardboard cutout of The Guide.
Quick Tip by . September 18, 2010
This made me laugh. Try it if you have not read it before.
review by . July 19, 2010
This book is exhaustingly hilarious, all of them are. I picked up the combined edition of however many Hitchhiker books there are and just started reading. There was hardly a page that I wouldn't laugh out loud. The pace and cleverness of this book are beyond anything else I've read. The only problem is that I do not recommend reading them all in a row. After one book, my brain was exhausted from this zany, never slowing pace of the writing. It's like your driving in Roger Rabbit's …
review by . June 08, 2010
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (HGG) is one of my favorite books of all time. Douglas Adams did an amazing job writing this book. His cleverness is evident on every page of this book and as you read further and further through the book you become in awe at the skillful mastery and planning of Adams.     If you have seen the movie, throw out everything you know about the book already. The book, as is usually the case, is far better than the movie. When I first read the …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
This will make you look at white mice and towels in an entirely new way. And above all..DON'T PANIC!
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
A very fun read! Had me laughing the entire time. Just a random, quirky book.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Absolutely hilarious... that's really all I can say. You're not a person unless you laugh at this book.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Love them!! Quick, Ford, grab your towel!! The series is utterly fantastic.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
strange, but humerous
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
Love this series! Adding comedy to the universe in a way that makes you laugh at each turn of the page.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Sometimes hard to follow but entertaining
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
even if you don't normally like science fiction, you'll enjoy this book
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Seriously outrageous, but there's some depth too that one might enjoy.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Smart, funny, and smartily funny, I can read this over and over.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Ingenious, comical, outrageous, and just plain brilliant. Whatever your favorite genre, I can guarantee you'll get belly-laughs out of this book.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
One of the funniest books I have ever read. It was clever and witty and random in some aspects. I couldn't put it down!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
good movie, good book - I want to go play in the galaxy too!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Super entertaining!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Book was great, movie was lame
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
An odyssey of imagination :-)
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