- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group (10 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575115343
- ISBN-13: 978-0575115347
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.9 x 13.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (S.F. Masterworks) Hardcover – 10 May 2012
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From the Back Cover
Introduction by Graham Sleight
When the Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent finds himself hitching a ride on a spaceship full of grumpy bureaucrats, accompanied by his now-revealed-as-an-alien best friend, while still in his pyjamas and dressing gown. Frankly, it's all a bit much before lunchtime. Thank goodness for the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which carries a very helpful message on its cover: Don't Panic.
'It is funny and funny in every way' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Indispensable reading for mental hitchhikers who want to thumb a lift out of the ruts of orthodox thought' DAILY MAIL
Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
Born in Cambridge, Douglas Adams is best known for the 1970s BBC Radio series (and later novel, TV series and feature film) The Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy. He also wrote three Doctor Who serials.
978 0 575 11534 7
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Quality of the Book - Very good condition, hard-bound book, with very clear printing.
Amazing Book. If you are a science fiction fan, then 'hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy' is a must read. It is a classic and a wonderful book. Science Fiction humour at its best.
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First of all, the story was not illustrated with drawings, as one might think. Instead, it was illustrated using pictures taken of elaborate scenes that were set up, with different actors (and puppets, for the Vogons; I don't think anyone would have wanted to be in a Vogon costume) playing the various characters. Douglas Adams even has a part as one of the two policemen that appear near the end of the book. Anyways, the pictures all are very well made, and I think that they illustrate the different scenes very well. The images and the different graphics can be a bit distracting, so it might be better not to have this be the first version of H2G2 that you read. However, once you have read it, and you know that you like it, this is a represntation of the story that is very fun to read. In short, I would not recommend this book as your first introduction to H2G2, but it is extremely fun to read once you already know what is going on, if such a thing is possible.
Speaking about this particular product, though, the book is sturdy and high quality - not a cheap "bang for the buck" printing.
If you've never read the books, they're good stories that are written very cleverly. The humor is sometimes dry, sometimes slapstick and sometimes just plain strange... but still funny.
If you saw the movie, please try to forget what you saw. They tried to cram as much of the different books into a single movie and ended up losing almost all of what makes these books so great.
Guide is primarily about the adventures of Arthur, an ordinary average guy forced to leave earth and go on a journey through the cosmos. He is joined by Ford Prefect, a writer for the Guide, Trillian, an astrophycist from Earth, Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy, and Marvin, an extremely depressed robot. Over the course of five books, they encounter a wide array of aliens, planets, and towels.
The best element of these books is the humor. Adams is a master of satire, regularing stopping the plot to give a humorous take on everything he can think of. This book is almost impossible to put down it's so funny. The only downside is that he clearly had no idea where to go with the overall plot. After the second book, plots and characters would appear and disappear out of nowhere, and the ending fizzled out. That is the only reason I couldn't give this 5 stars.
This is one of the best pieces of YA literature out there. Have fun.