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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

It’s an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur’s best friend has just announced that he’s an alien.

After that, things get much, much worse.

With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily the fish is quite good at languages. And the book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . . . which helpfully has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover.

Douglas Adams’s mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Now, if you could only figure out the question. . . .

Review

“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain.” The Atlantic

“Irresistible!” The Boston Globe

“With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight . . . Adams makes us laugh until we cry.” The San Diego Union-Tribune

“One of the greatest achievements in comedy. A work of staggering genius.” —David Walliams

“Really entertaining and fun.” —Michael Palin

“Fizzing with ideas . . . brilliant.” —Charlie Brooker

“Weird and wonderful.” —Eoin Colfer

“It changed my whole life. It’s literally out of this world.” —Tom Baker

From the Inside Flap

You''re not timetripping! It''s the tenth anniversary of the publication of Douglas Adams''s zany, best-selling novel, and to celebrate Harmony is reissuing a special edition of this cult classic!

By now the story is legendary. Arthur Dent, mild-mannered, out-to-lunch earth-ling, is plucked from his planet by his friend Ford Prefect just seconds before it was demolished to make way for a hyper-space bypass. Ford, posing as an out-of-work actor, is a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy. Together the gruesome twosome begin their now-famous inter-galactic journey through time, space and best-sellerdom.

For Hitchhiker fanatics (you know who you are!) who''ve read the books, seen the television program, and listened to the radio show, as well as newcomers to Douglas Adams''s unique universe -- remember -- don''t panic, don''t forget to bring a towel, and don''t forget to celebrate The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy''s tenth anniversary by wearing y

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Don''t panic! You''re not timetripping! It''s the tenth anniversary of the publication of Douglas Adams''s zany, best-selling novel, and to celebrate Harmony is reissuing a special edition of this cult classic!
By now the story is legendary. Arthur Dent, mild-mannered, out-to-lunch earth-ling, is plucked from his planet by his friend Ford Prefect just seconds before it was demolished to make way for a hyper-space bypass. Ford, posing as an out-of-work actor, is a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy. Together the gruesome twosome begin their now-famous inter-galactic journey through time, space and best-sellerdom.
For Hitchhiker fanatics (you know who you are!) who''ve read the books, seen the television program, and listened to the radio show, as well as newcomers to Douglas Adams''s unique universe -- remember -- don''t panic, don''t forget to bring a towel, and don''t forget to celebrate The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy''s tenth anniversary by wearing your bathrobe.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer games, stage adaptations, comic book, and bath towel. He was born in Cambridge and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001.

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Chapter One

The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village. It stood on its own and looked out over a broad spread of West Country farmland. Not a remarkable house by any means—it was about thirty years old, squattish, squarish, made of brick, and had four windows set in the front of a size and proportion which more or less exactly failed to please the eye.

The only person for whom the house was in any way special was Arthur Dent, and that was only because it happened to be the one he lived in. He had lived in it for about three years, ever since he had moved out of London because it made him nervous and irritable. He was about thirty as well, tall, dark-haired and never quite at ease with himself. The thing that used to worry him most was the fact that people always used to ask him what he was looking so worried about. He worked in local radio which he always used to tell his friends was a lot more interesting than they probably thought. It was, too—most of his friends worked in advertising.

On Wednesday night it had rained very heavily, the lane was wet and muddy, but the Thursday morning sun was bright and clear as it shone on Arthur Dent’s house for what was to be the last time.

It hadn’t properly registered yet with Arthur that the council wanted to knock it down and build a bypass instead.


At eight o’clock on Thursday morning Arthur didn’t feel very good. He woke up blearily, got up, wandered blearily round his room, opened a window, saw a bulldozer, found his slippers, and stomped off to the bathroom to wash.

Toothpaste on the brush—so. Scrub.

Shaving mirror—pointing at the ceiling. He adjusted it. For a moment it reflected a second bulldozer through the bathroom window. Properly adjusted, it reflected Arthur Dent’s bristles. He shaved them off, washed, dried and stomped off to the kitchen to find something pleasant to put in his mouth.

Kettle, plug, fridge, milk, coffee. Yawn.

The word bulldozer wandered through his mind for a moment in search of something to connect with.

The bulldozer outside the kitchen window was quite a big one.

He stared at it.

''Yellow,'' he thought, and stomped off back to his bedroom to get dressed.

Passing the bathroom he stopped to drink a large glass of water, and another. He began to suspect that he was hung over. Why was he hung over? Had he been drinking the night before? He supposed that he must have been. He caught a glint in the shaving mirror. “Yellow,” he thought, and stomped on to the bedroom.

He stood and thought. The pub, he thought. Oh dear, the pub. He vaguely remembered being angry, angry about something that seemed important. He’d been telling people about it, telling people about it at great length, he rather suspected: his clearest visual recollection was of glazed looks on other people’s faces. Something about a new bypass he’d just found out about. It had been in the pipeline for months only no one seemed to have known about it. Ridiculous. He took a swig of water. It would sort itself out, he’ d decided, no one wanted a bypass, the council didn’t have a leg to stand on. It would sort itself out.

God, what a terrible hangover it had earned him though. He looked at himself in the wardrobe mirror. He stuck out his tongue. ''Yellow,'' he thought. The word yellow wandered through his mind in search of something to connect with.

Fifteen seconds later he was out of the house and lying in front of a big yellow bulldozer that was advancing up his garden path.


Mr. L. Prosser was, as they say, only human. In other words he was a carbon-based bipedal life form descended from an ape. More specifically he was forty, fat and shabby and worked for the local council. Curiously enough, though he didn’t know it, he was also a direct male-line descendant of Genghis Khan, though intervening generations and racial mixing had so juggled his genes that he had no discernible Mongoloid characteristics, and the only vestiges left in Mr. L. Prosser of his mighty ancestry were a pronounced stoutness about the tum and a predilection for little fur hats.

He was by no means a great warrior; in fact he was a nervous, worried man. Today he was particularly nervous and worried because something had gone seriously wrong with his job, which was to see that Arthur Dent’s house got cleared out of the way before the day was out.

“Come off it, Mr. Dent,” he said, “you can’t win, you know. You can’t lie in front of the bulldozer indefinitely.” He tried to make his eyes blaze fiercely but they just wouldn’t do it.

Arthur lay in the mud and squelched at him.

“I’m game,” he said, “we’ll see who rusts first.”

“I’m afraid you’re going to have to accept it,” said Mr. Prosser, gripping his fur hat and rolling it round the top of his head; “this bypass has got to be built and it’s going to be built!”

“First I’ve heard of it,” said Arthur, “why’s it got to be built?”

Mr. Prosser shook his finger at him for a bit, then stopped and put it away again.

“What do you mean, why’s it got to be built?” he said. “It’s a bypass. You’ve got to build bypasses.”

Bypasses are devices that allow some people to dash from point A to point B very fast while other people dash from point B to point A very fast. People living at point C, being a point directly in between, are often given to wonder what’s so great about point A that so many people from point B are so keen to get there, and what’s so great about point B that so many people from point A are so keen to get there. They often wish that people would just once and for all work out where the hell they wanted to be.

Mr. Prosser wanted to be at point D. Point D wasn’t anywhere in particular, it was just any convenient point a very long way from points A, B and C. He would have a nice little cottage at point D, with axes over the door, and spend a pleasant amount of time at point E, which would be the nearest pub to point D. His wife of course wanted climbing roses, but he wanted axes. He didn’t know why—he just liked axes. He flushed hotly under the derisive grins of the bulldozer drivers.

He shifted his weight from foot to foot, but it was equally uncomfortable on each. Obviously somebody had been appallingly incompetent and he hoped to God it wasn’t him.

Mr. Prosser said, “You were quite entitled to make any suggestions or protests at the appropriate time, you know.”

“Appropriate time?” hooted Arthur. “Appropriate time? The first I knew about it was when a workman arrived at my home yesterday. I asked him if he’d come to clean the windows and he said no, he’d come to demolish the house. He didn’t tell me straight away of course. Oh no. First he wiped a couple of windows and charged me a fiver. Then he told me.”

“But Mr. Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.”

“Oh yes, well, as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything.”

“But the plans were on display . . .”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘ Beware of the Leopard.’”

A cloud passed overhead. It cast a shadow over Arthur Dent as he lay propped up on his elbow in the cold mud. It cast a shadow over Arthur Dent’s house. Mr. Prosser frowned at it.

“It’s not as if it’ s a particularly nice house,” he said.

“I’m sorry, but I happen to like it.”

“You’ ll like the bypass.”

“Oh, shut up,” said Arthur Dent. “Shut up and go away, and take your bloody bypass with you. You haven’t got a leg to stand on and you know it.”

Mr. Prosser’s mouth opened and closed a couple of times while his mind was for a moment filled with inexplicable but terribly attractive visions of Arthur Dent’ s house being consumed with fire and Arthur himself running screaming from the blazing ruin with at least three hefty spears protruding from his back. Mr. Prosser was often bothered with visions like these and they made him feel very nervous. He stuttered for a moment and then pulled himself together.

“Mr. Dent,” he said.

“Hello? Yes?” said Arthur.

“Some factual information for you. Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?”

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LJWing
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I quit 33% of the way in
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020
I can probably count the amount of times I have quit a book without finishing it. Even the worst I’ll try to trudge through. I got 33% of the way through (says Kindle) and had to put it down. It wasn’t funny. There was a loose story though every time the... See more
I can probably count the amount of times I have quit a book without finishing it. Even the worst I’ll try to trudge through.

I got 33% of the way through (says Kindle) and had to put it down. It wasn’t funny. There was a loose story though every time the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” info came up I couldn’t even follow what it was talking about.

I can’t figure out why it’s on the “100 Books You Must Read List.” Shrug.
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Charles Scott
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A light-hearted, adventure story about an imaginative fellow who goes on a long trip with friends.
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2019
The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, published in 1979 is a thrilling work of science-fiction and highly entertaining to read. It is a well-written book, with a surplus of thought-provoking ideas. The prose conceals flashes of brilliance and unearths... See more
The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, published in 1979 is a thrilling work of science-fiction and highly entertaining to read. It is a well-written book, with a surplus of thought-provoking ideas. The prose conceals flashes of brilliance and unearths pearls of wisdom. The characters are themselves illuminating, with respect to their sharp perceptions, astute assessments of the situation, quick reactions, and outright candor. You get the impression that the story could very easily have been about a likable group of college students who plan to go on a road trip for spring break, so that they can experience all that life has to offer, let off a little steam, and reduce some stress before final exams.
But, alas, the book is more complicated than that. It is more like, what if you know for certain that identifiable flying objects piloted by alien beings are in close proximity, and you have the coded electronic transporter boarding pass device, granting you unlimited access to go anywhere in the universe, right there in your hot little hand.
You find that this quite interesting group of individuals demonstrates great camaraderie and superlative rapport in their timely interactions. They provide keen insight, regarding their interpretations of recent events and take on a variety of pertinent subjects. Such as: "what should we do next in order to survive imminent disaster?"
Basically, they learn to get along exceedingly well together as they travel through the galaxy in a space ship they''ve somehow managed to commandeer and fly out to distant points as yet unknown. The space ship, incidentally, as it turns out, incorporates the latest and greatest technology ever seen anywhere.
Again, the book is cleverly written, of a deeply philosophical nature, and incredibly fun to read. I''d recommend it to anyone. "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" is the next title in the book series.
R. Royce saw the note attached to the refrigerator with a small magnetic ornament in the shape of a wild-flower. It read, "We decided to let you sleep in. Be back in a jiffy with your truck of chinchillas."
"Good morning, Royce," said Cornelius Korn. "Are you ready to travel?"
"Where is everyone?" asked Royce.
"They went to gas up the vehicles for the trip to Minnesota. As you know we need to deliver four truck-loads of the cute, cuddly critters to the new chinchilla ranch up near the Canadian border," explained Korn.
"I thought we were still in the early planning stages for that assignment," said Royce. "How''d you get the ball rolling so fast?"
"In case you weren''t aware, the democratic process can work miracles in times of great need. The majority voted we go now," said Korn. "Plus, we have just received a sizable cash advance on our proceeds, the amount we get upon final delivery."
"Apparently, you didn''t need my vote," said Royce. "Doesn''t matter. I''m all for the plan."
"The Montana rancher sold us all of his chinchillas, but he''s holding on to the minks and sables," said Korn.
"Makes perfect sense to me," said Royce. You can make very expensive, complete fur coats out of mink or sable. They manufacture the chinchilla fur hides into fashionable leather coat collars, hats, gloves, and accessories. It involves different manufacturing processes entirely."
"Some people keep them as pets, as well," added Korn. "They''re docile, playful, and curious. Intelligent creatures."
"You say that we''re delivering paired couples of chinchillas to the rancher in Minnesota?" asked Royce. "And we get a share of the profits for the first litters?"
"That''s right," said Korn. "$20 bonus, for each baby chinchilla born upon or after arrival at the destination. $80 each, for the red-haired, striped, or spotted blondes. That''s because they''re rarer breeds and much in demand."
"I can see how this venture might prove profitable," said Royce. "What do the girls have to say about our travel prospects?
"Mostly, they want to experience fine dining along the way, stay in scenic hotels, and go to the International Mall in Minneapolis," said Korn. "Who can argue with their logic?"
"Not me," said Royce. "Here they are now. Let''s get this show on the road. Shall we?"
"We''re all fueled up and ready to roll," said Raquel Remington. "I''ve been thinking about those chinchillas. Maybe we should do some additional research."
"I agree," said Alexis Sue Shell. "There may be a big demand for chinchilla oil in the field of medicine."
"Or, for the wild, musky chinchilla scent, in the perfumery industry," continued Raquel.
"We''ll definitely have to look into the matter and make discrete inquiries accordingly," said Korn, nonchalantly. Which probably meant that he had other sticks in the fire, as well. For all they knew, he might already have sold some of the cute, furry creatures to NASA for their Mission to Mars program. His next detour: The Biology Unit, Life Support Section, Advanced Obscure Scientific Research Corporation, a subsidiary of NASA. It was inevitable, and so conveniently nearby the chinchilla ranch.
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The opening book to one of the best series.
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020
Author Douglas Adams brings us the opening book in his five-part trilogy of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. As the book opens we meet Author Dent a human from the planet Earth who doesn''t know it yet but his best friend Ford Prefect is from a little planet near... See more
Author Douglas Adams brings us the opening book in his five-part trilogy of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. As the book opens we meet Author Dent a human from the planet Earth who doesn''t know it yet but his best friend Ford Prefect is from a little planet near Beetleguice. On one Thursday morning Author sees that the local counsel has sent bulldozers to knock down his home. But Ford is rushing to him to talk with him and take him to the local pub because they''re going to need the mussel relaxant. Once Ford arrives there he talks Author into coming with him but just as they''re settling in for their third pint of bear the bulldozers destroy Author''s home. Ford runs after him and makes sure that he grabs a towel to take with him as the Vogon construction fleet fill the sky. Thus begins the adventure for both Ford and Author that will take them to the recently stolen Heart of Gold starship and to the planet Magrathea where Author will find out about the true origins of Earth and why two little white mice want the question to the ultimate answer of 42. This is a great book and I highly recommend reading the entire five book series.
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Eric H. Malloy
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Totally dumb
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020
I''m not sure why I bought this book. I think I thought it was a cult classic or something, or that it would be fun reading, it does have a catchy title. However, I only read 10% maybe 15% of it. It was sooo dumb. Most any motivated middle schooler could do way better.... See more
I''m not sure why I bought this book. I think I thought it was a cult classic or something, or that it would be fun reading, it does have a catchy title. However, I only read 10% maybe 15% of it. It was sooo dumb. Most any motivated middle schooler could do way better. Please don''t waste your time or money. (Like I did)
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Sheldon Oberholtzer
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Christmas book for 15 year old grandson.
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
Think he will love it.
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MikeD
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Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2018
This novel is really just a bunch of sci-fi comedy skits linked together with a weak story, and not much of an ending. The main characters have no arc, Arthur and Ford are the same at the beginning of their story as at the end. In addition, the only... See more
This novel is really just a bunch of sci-fi comedy skits linked together with a weak story, and not much of an ending.

The main characters have no arc, Arthur and Ford are the same at the beginning of their story as at the end.

In addition, the only time the mains characters impact the story is at the beginning when they decide to beam off Earth. Actually only Ford influences the story at that point.

After that, Arthur and Ford don’t have any impact on the story, they are merely passages on the story train as the story train continues on its rails to the next scene; intermixed with a comedy skit.

The comedy skits are funny and the book has a lot of quotable lines. But as a good story? Mostly harmless!
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C. M. Foust
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Not what I expected but still good
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
When it said it was illustrated, I thought it would be more like a graphic novel. Instead it''s a ... collage of photos and images. The layout feels late 1980s-early 1990s, which fits since this was published in 1994. But it''s still a cool book. I love the shiny dust cover.... See more
When it said it was illustrated, I thought it would be more like a graphic novel. Instead it''s a ... collage of photos and images. The layout feels late 1980s-early 1990s, which fits since this was published in 1994. But it''s still a cool book. I love the shiny dust cover. And the book is monstrously large, as others say. I''ve got my 42nd birthday coming up soon, so this is a nice treat. Though a little weird. Just as Douglas Adams would like it, I guess. :)
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Peeyush Jhunjhunwala
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A must read Sci-fi comic
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2016
Either one would put the book down in first few pages, or would be very engaged and continue page after page. The story is intricate, and beautifully woven, involving inter/ intra galactic worlds, employing science and of course probability :D ( you''ll understand... See more
Either one would put the book down in first few pages, or would be very engaged and continue page after page.

The story is intricate, and beautifully woven, involving inter/ intra galactic worlds, employing science and of course probability :D ( you''ll understand why I put that imoji while reading the book)

This sci-fi book takes some of the major metaphysics questions (or at times put some, if deeply thought, in its own way) - pertaining to cosmology, universe, epistemology in a humour, which is imaginative, innovative, and illuminating on the subject.

Right from addressing philosophical questions to attending idiosyncrasies of each character to the description of each one of them - in books lingua - is humorous, very humorous, really humorous, humorously humorous.

Apart from reviewed facts, some not so reviewed facts (according to the book) that comes to ones astonishment or curiosity:

1. Mind it we earthmen are the third most intelligent beings on Earth (and not the most, and that too only on Earth). And universe also has some hyper intelligent beings, who we on Earth assume to be guinea pigs for our lab experiments.

2. You might have had new improved earth with Africa having glaciers with elegantly sculpted contours, soaring pinnacles of ice, deep majestic ravines if by the stroke of destiny Earthman Arthur Dent died in the earth''s reduction to infinite fragments, then drifting around in an empty space.

Atlast I think we on Earth also have people trained in Vogonian singing/ poetry (no offence) :D If you don''t know about it, just Google "Vogon Poetry"
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Michelle
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 15, 2020
Yeah, I''m not the intended audience for this book, with a male dominanted cast in space I was never going to be able to relate. I''d heard great things but I couldn''t get into it, my mind kept drifting, i looked for the humor but couldn''t find it (was it where the British...See more
Yeah, I''m not the intended audience for this book, with a male dominanted cast in space I was never going to be able to relate. I''d heard great things but I couldn''t get into it, my mind kept drifting, i looked for the humor but couldn''t find it (was it where the British guy wanted a cup of tea on a spaceship?). It just didn''t hold my attention im afraid which is a shame as its such a cult classic.
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Mr. M. Harris
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Always struggled with this book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2021
I have always struggled with this book. I was 13 when it came out. A big fan of Monty Python, NTNN everyone was reading it and I tried but failed to get past... well, wherever it was at the time. Curiously I know all the names of the characters and their peccadilloes and...See more
I have always struggled with this book. I was 13 when it came out. A big fan of Monty Python, NTNN everyone was reading it and I tried but failed to get past... well, wherever it was at the time. Curiously I know all the names of the characters and their peccadilloes and could chat with friends about them knowingly sharing the in-jokes of a dedicated reader. I tried again in my 30s thinking that I’d better fill in the gaps, but again failed. I’ve just finished it after the third try. Lucky? Not sure. I can still see why I could not make progress in the past as it was just as hard to pick up this time around. I have read four books since the beginning of the year and this was the hardest. Why didn’t you I get on with this book? It’s not that I don’t embrace silly, or there weren’t chuckle moments but after much deep thought, the answer to the question has to be: ‘I can’t put my finger on it.’ Don’t let that put you off.
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Paul Durrant
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Almost as good as the Radio Series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2017
This review is for the current (2017) ebook edition. A splendidly funny and silly book, quite a successful novelisation of the Radio Series. Note that the extracts from the archives come right at the end of Chapter 35, and are interesting, especially the fax from Douglas to...See more
This review is for the current (2017) ebook edition. A splendidly funny and silly book, quite a successful novelisation of the Radio Series. Note that the extracts from the archives come right at the end of Chapter 35, and are interesting, especially the fax from Douglas to the American script editor, explaining why some things shouldn''t be changed. For some reason, they''re not listed in the table of contents.
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Suziey
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Hyperspeed straight to Red Dwarf!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 30, 2020
Didn''t enjoy this book at all. Two stars for the original concept only. The writing style and language seems forced and contrived which only serves to override any empathy that the reader may have had for the characters. This equates to a lack of reliability and I found I...See more
Didn''t enjoy this book at all. Two stars for the original concept only. The writing style and language seems forced and contrived which only serves to override any empathy that the reader may have had for the characters. This equates to a lack of reliability and I found I just didnt care what happened to them the further I read on. The humour has dated badly and it appears to be written for teenagers who want to learn how to read lengthly/ pointless made up words in a desparate attempt to sound more intelligent. Thanks but no thanks, I''ll stick to Red Dwarf!
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Mr. M. Sotiriadis
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Fairly entertaining!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 17, 2020
Perhaps I''m rating this book only with three stars out of five only because of my age since I''m currently 36 and I believe I should have read this book when I was about 15 to 25 at the most so I could properly and fully appreciate it. Most of it sounded, in my head, like...See more
Perhaps I''m rating this book only with three stars out of five only because of my age since I''m currently 36 and I believe I should have read this book when I was about 15 to 25 at the most so I could properly and fully appreciate it. Most of it sounded, in my head, like extremely well improvised, composed and delivered gibberish and not much more than that. To be absolutely fair, this might simply not be my type of humor, hence my not finding it truly funny or amusing, although there were about three to five at the most instances throughout the book that did instigate that LOL outburst. All in all it is a pretty decent read particularly for the ages around 20 or less, but, specifically with regards to all the hype about it, I personally cannot seem the reason behind it.
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