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Book Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - A trilogy in five parts #1-5|
The author of the book: Douglas Adams
Edition: William Heineman: London
Date of issue: 1995
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The first two are fantastic in the literal and colloquial senses. The remainder are only weak in comparison to what went before. So many wonderful concepts and phrases:
Vogon ships "hung in the sky in exactly the way bricks don't"; the Hooloovoo; the old man who said nothing was true but was later found to be lying; spend a year dead for tax reasons; meat bred to want to be eaten; the "knack" of learning to fly is to "throw yourself at the ground and miss" (I think Buzz Lightyear borrowed that); "Aggressively uninterested"; Slartibartfast; "One of the least benightedly unintelligent organic lifeforms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not be able to avoid meeting" (I think Boris adapted that one); "it makes as much sense as the sea being parallel"; the future is "just the same old stuff in faster cars and smellier air"; "the sun was quite bright but the day was hazy and vague".
Hitchhiker's Place in My Life
(This section was added after an epiphany, which prompted me to make my reviews more personal.)
These have a strong hold on my heart, having enjoyed them in different forms at different stages in my life.
My first encounters were in my final years of boarding school: I heard much of the original BBC radio series and loved them. I read the books as soon as they came out, saw the TV series (mostly the same cast as the radio) and saw a stage version that was the funniest and most anarchic thing I'd ever seen in a theatre. They remained deeply ingrained in my mind, closely entwined with fond memories of school; I reread them occasionally. Then a film version came out; it wasn't as good, but opened the door of the books to my son, so I enjoyed them in a new way, followed, a few years later, by a new stage version, by which time my son was a young adult, and enjoying it at a new level.
The Answer is 42
Of course, 6 x 9 is NOT 42... except in base 13.
But Adams claims not to have known that.
Reviews of Books in the series
Brief summary and favourite quotes from each of the five books, as follows:
Hitchhiker's Guide (vol 1): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Restaurant at the End of Universe (vol 2): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Life, the Universe and Everything (vol 3):
So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish (vol 4): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Mostly Harmless (vol 5): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
And Another Thing...(Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #6), by Eoin Colfer : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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Read information about the authorDouglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was completed after Adams' death. The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts; the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams. He was known to some fans as Bop Ad (after his illegible signature), or by his initials "DNA".
In addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season. His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series. Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co-founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones. A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.
His fans and friends also knew Adams as an environmental activist and a lover of fast cars, cameras, the Macintosh computer, and other "techno gizmos".
Toward the end of his life he was a sought-after lecturer on topics including technology and the environment.