I first read this book when I was 21. I got it as a birthday present from an eccentric friend. I thought he was crazy. I was not nor would I ever hitchhike. I feel in love from the first chapter on. This is my favorite book ever and has never been surpassed. I would recommend this book to ANYONE!! I have made my entire family read it. All of my friends have had to read it as well and I will continue to push it on any unsuspecting victims I find.
Really enjoyed. He adds lots of crazy, seemingly unrelevant details that come into play later or just as random, funny tangents. If you don't begin to enjoy the ironic and cynical humor in the first book then I would pass on the rest as they just get a more and more weird.
I don't know how Adams manages to embed such laughers in the midst of such prosaic, straightforward prose, but he does and, from the way he weaves it into the story, I think he must have spent a lot of time studying quantum mechanics. He would have to know the subject well in order to deal with it in such a casual manner. Within these pages you will find some of the most convoluted sentence construction you've ever come across, but all of the examples thereof, despite a raised eyebrow and a jaundiced shake of the head, would get by your English comp teacher. The collection contains all five volumes of the trilogy, and a short story. As far as I know, this encompasses the entirety of Adams' Hitchhikers universe.
Five complete novels: 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 and Mostly Harmless. Plus bonus story "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe." As the dust jacket promises, "If you're just discovering Douglas Adams's galactic gangbuster of a series, don't panic: 'The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide' is your chance to have it all! (Towel not included.)"
I gave this book five stars. Just kidding! Check this out! If you take Spaceballs, Monsters versus Aliens, Player Piano, and Catch 22, throw them into a blender and purée, you might just end up with this book. This wacky look at intergalactic space travel, zany situations, and preposterous characters permeates the ephemeral, volatile fabric of this convoluted, sometimes witty, often disjointed fabrication. Still its mostly harmless. Like the guy who fell asleep in class and was prodded by his neighbor with the answer to the teachers question about transendentalism; who jumped up and yelled 42; youll discover the answer to life, the universe and everything.
The improbability that someone would write this book is two to the power twenty-five thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would publish it is two to the power fifty thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would buy it is two to the power seventy-five thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would actually read it is two to the power one hundred thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that a reviewer would place it on a must read list is two to the power of infinity minus one to one against and falling.
Dont Panic! This book finally arrived safely but not without some tribulation en route. It seems that after Hitchhiking the postal service it made a stop at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe where someone spilled their pulled pork sandwich (Thank goodness it wasnt Fish.) on the wrapper and label. An ever alert postal employee naturally shipped it immediately to the detox center for analysis of the spill. The Ultimate culprit was identified as barbeque sauce. (Looks like Bulls Eye to me.) There lab technician no. 42 declared it to be Mostly Harmless, wrapped it in clear plastic tape, and plastered it with safe conduct stickers. So ends another saga in the Hitchhiker series. At least it wasnt a Salmon Rushdie book.