Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The

Douglas Adams
"IRRESISTIBLE!"--The Boston GlobeSeconds 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

Reviews

Reviewed: 2017-12-07
Initial Impressions 1/19/12: Aw man, they're gonna make me read all these books, aren't they!? Ended as kind of a cliffhanger... And I'm not sure if I liked it or if I was just flat out confused by it haha. Douglas Adams is either highly intelligent, highly imaginative, or both....... Or really from another part of the galaxy haha. It was enjoyable -- I definitely like being challenged to think outside of the box and what possibilities there could be outside of our galaxy. It's a neat idea.

Full review as originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: This was my attempt to venture slightly out into the world of sci-fi... I'm not a big science-fiction fan. I really appreciate and am interested in the conceptions behind the genre, but most of the hard-core science fiction books are usually just a little too out there for me, and I'm not a fan of stories based on aliens.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book! It's a little bit sci-fi, a LOT quirky, and extremely imaginative. I was very impressed with the creativity of Douglas Adams for all of his other worlds, different creatures, and strange technology out in the universe that lowly Earth has no idea about. I'm always fascinated with space and the universe because although I'm not a fan of alien stories, you've got to believe that something else is out there, even if we can't reach it. Well, at least I do, to a certain extent.

Anyway, the creativity is astounding, so much so that it was over my head a lot of the time. This guy is either a genius or he's totally nuts... Or maybe both. But in a way that it puts together such an enjoyable novel that I'm surprised I hadn't read it sooner. I think it's really enjoyable for everyone, as long as you can follow the zips through the universe that the story is taking you on. The second book is on my to-read list and I look forward to it!
Reviewed: 2017-02-08
4.2
Reviewed: 2015-05-11
One of my favorite all time books!
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