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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Rating: 5/5 stars
Pages: 169

Summary: It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begun…

Thoughts: I had been meaning to read this book for a couple of years, but never got around to getting a copy. So when a friend finally just gave me a copy for Christmas, I knew I had no reason to wait.  ( read the rest of my review here )

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sophiaiswisdom
Jan. 2nd, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the letter! I hadn't read that before and you're right, it does capture the nature of the book, and Adams' himself, perfectly. I really love this book.
deadbookdarlin
Jan. 4th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
That letter was such a treat to read - especially as they had it right at the end of the book!
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deadbookdarlin
Jan. 4th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
What I love about that letter is that Adams so subtly points out that it is the US editor - not he, the Englishman - that thinks Americans need to be spoken down to!

As for HHGG quotes? I think they deserve their own post!
red_planet31
Jan. 2nd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I love this book. And that letter.
Or we could even take the appalling risk of just recklessly mentioning things that people won't have heard of and see if they survive the experience. They probably will - when people are born they haven't heard of anything or anywhere, but seem to get through the first few years of their lives without ill-effects.
Douglas Adams rules. XD
deadbookdarlin
Jan. 4th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Douglas Adams rules. XD

He so, so does. ♥
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