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I read most of this series when I was younger and had only one book left to complete it I saw this gorgeous piece of paper and ink in the bookstore and knew it was finally time to finish her off Since it had been so long in between I decided to give the first four a reread which is not my usual at all I m a read it once and move on kind of girl I found the introduction to be super interesting because I had no idea there were so many different versions of this story out there and I do love a little behind the scenes fact sharing Here is my book by book review of this amazing collector s edition with a little canned cream corn talk mixed in for fun The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy5 Stars My grandparents had a closet full of canned goods and books in their back bedroom and it was where I happened upon this book a quarter of a century ago I m old enough now that I can say ol timer shit like that The absurd amount of canned creamed corn was amazing to behold, but this book with its quirky cover was where it was at I m pretty sure I devoured it in no time and was ready for the next installment of Arthur Dent does the Universe This is the story of a man named Arthur Dent and what happens to him after a friend rescues him moments before Earth becomes no Hitchhiking across the universe with a towel in one hand and a ridiculously written guide in the other, with barely a moment taken to absorb each new and exciting thing that comes his way. I found the writing to be superb with the perfect blend of dry humor, sarcasm, wit and randomness that I love The characters were stellar, and the story was out of this world if you aren t rolling your eyes after reading that sentence you should be.Five stars to a book that is a gazillion times better than canned cream corn.The Restaurant at the End of the Universe4 Stars This was another back bedroom closet find I had it and the next two in the series tucked away in a hidden corner I did not have any of that damned canned cream corn though Seriously, who eats that crap By how untouched they looked in my grandparents closet, not even them I would like to believe it was an end of the world decoy canned goods stash I m thinking a person could peel the labels and put them on the good stuff and use the label free cans as weapons or something Arthur Dent continues his adventures through space forwards, backwards and possibly even sideways with the same fun loving bunch of characters plus a few not so fun loving ones. Another excellent read It didn t feel like a new book but a continuation of a story I was dying to hear of The writing maintained its excellence and the characters were still quite entertaining I didn t love this read as much as the first, but it did get the job done.Four stars to a book that made me excited to have a secret closet even if it contained canned cream corn.Life, the Universe and Everything4 Stars Pretty sure I liked this book than I did the previous one but not enough to equal a star I would say maybe a smidge over a half I did however like it than the canned cream corn it shared shelf space with You are probably asking yourself right now, Is she going to keep bringing up that damn canned cream corn and the answer is hell yes because annoying can be entertaining when you are doing it to someone else Arthur s adventures turn a bit serious when protecting the universe from destruction becomes the name of the game. Another great book that kept the story going in a way that didn t bore or become repetitive The author s voice has to be the absolute best part of all this series For once I can say it wasn t the characters that kept me coming back for but the man behind the words I got the feeling his written word matched the way he was in person and he most definitely was a person I would have loved to have met.Four stars to a book that almost made me forget about the closet canned cream corn for a moment.So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish3 Stars This is the book that had a cover that stuck out in my mind just as much as the first book in the series did This is also the book that began the downward spiral into lower star ratings Even though I didn t love it as much as I did the first three, wait for it I did love it than my grandparents love canned cream corn I am not sorry at all Arthur falls in love. Honestly, this one felt out of place I didn t want it or ask for it, and I sure as hell didn t expect a mushy love story to fall into my lap when it did The story that took place around it wasn t bad but this dip into cootie pool was than enough to contaminate it.Three stars to a book that made me think about romance mixed with canned cream corn and man that is so freaking gross.Mostly Harmless3 Stars This was my welcome back to the series book after twenty five years of doing the school, work, marriage, children and lots work life It had been on my list for a while and when I happened upon the collector s edition I knew it was time I must admit that it was a little odd seeing this book on a shelf without canned cream corn keeping it company Doing your own thing is the name of the game for Arthur until the universe happens again. This was my least favorite of all the books The story wasn t as entertaining, and I found myself putting it down to do other things I can t blame my rereading of the other s first because devouring a book series in one gulp is kind of my thing The characters were just as zany as before and I had zero complaints about the writing style I think the fault was all in the plot and there just isn t much you can do when that isn t top notch.Three stars to a book that is coming dangerously close to blending in with the canned cream corn at grandma s house.Young Zaphod Plays it Safe3 Stars I was left wanting after reading this If this had been a full book and stayed on track with the path it was on I would have liked it than the last two books in the series It reminded me of how entertaining Zaphod could be and why he entertained me so in the first book I m torn on the rating because it was good but there wasn t enough there to satisfy me.Three stars to a short story that make me want to throw canned cream corn at someone. So my journey with The Ultimate Hitchhiker s Guide to Galaxy finally came to an end What an enjoyable journey it was The characters, the stories, the writing and the essence of Douglas Adam s work it was fantastic I had heard a lot about this cult series and finally got to read it thanks to a friend A very big thank you to you indeed This book contains the entire Hitchhiker s Guide to Galaxy series by Douglas Adams i.e 5 novels and 1 story 1 The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy 2 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe 3 Life, the Universe and Everything 4 So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish5 Mostly Harmless6 Young Zaphod Plays It Safe story There is a sixth novel And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer also I shall see if I can get hold of it.The foreword by Neil Gaiman was pretty informative I was indeed thrilled to learn that Adams had been influenced by P G Wodehouse himself I knew that I was in for a big treat.I don t have to say it but what a skilled storyteller Adams was That too, as Gaiman says in the foreword, when he did not enjoy the task of writing So much has been written about this cult series that I wonder if I should write a review Instead of writing a review for each book, I will write about the series in general and try to convince you why you should give it a try.I am sure you are aware of it, but still I will say that the series is a sci fi comedy Hats off to the author s imagination what technologies he had imagined, and of course to his writing I always loved clever use of language and Adams, in my humble opinion, is a master of the craft.First of all, let me tell you about the Hitchhiker s Guide to Galaxy As the name suggests it is a guide for people or rather aliens who hitchhike their way through the galaxy and comes in the form of an electronic book The said book resemblesa largish electronic calculatorand on its four inches squarescreen any one of its million pages could besummoned at a moment s notice This reminds of you of Kindle right This is a science fiction book and it has its share of outrageous technologies, alien races, space travel, time travel and whatnot If you can see beyond the aliens and spaceships, then you would see the brilliance of the stories The behavior and thoughts of the aliens actually portray the various human foibles The stories would let accompany the wonderful if somewhat eccentric characters like Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod, Trillian, Marvin among others on their adventures through space and time There is action, suspense, drama and the best of all the famous wit of Douglas Adams That man could make fun of almost anything philosophers, scientists, political leaders, party lovers, warmongers, bureaucrats, unions, marketing professionals, corporate and even God himself There are brilliant dialogues and statements I thought of including some but later decided that it would be better if you discover them on your own.Oh Did I tell you about the Question and Answer to the Life, Universe and Everything When I read about God s Final Message to His Creation, I was floored.Through his ridiculous creations the author has actually said the ultimate thing about life I better stop before I give away spoilers Highly recommended for people who love sci fi You guys have probably read it by now.If you are not into science fiction, then I would suggest that you try the first book in the series The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy and then decide if you want to proceed further. At Last In Paperback In One Complete Volume, Here Are The Five Novels From Douglas Adams S Hitchhiker Series The Hitchhiker S Guide To The Galaxy Seconds Before The Earth Is Demolished For A Galactic Freeway, Arthur Dent Is Saved By Ford Prefect, A Researcher For The Revised Guide Together They Stick Out Their Thumbs To The Stars And Begin A Wild Journey Through Time And Space The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe Facing Annihilation At The Hands Of Warmongers Is A Curious Time To Crave Tea It Could Only Happen To The Cosmically Displaced Arthur Dent And His Comrades As They Hurtle Across The Galaxy In A Desperate Search For A Place To Eat Life, The Universe And Everything The Unhappy Inhabitants Of Planet Krikkit Are Sick Of Looking At The Night Sky So They Plan To Destroy It The Universe, That Is Now Only Five Individuals Can Avert Armageddon Mild Mannered Arthur Dent And His Stalwart Crew So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish Back On Earth, Arthur Dent Is Ready To Believe That The Past Eight Years Were All Just A Figment Of His Stressed Out Imagination But A Gift Wrapped Fishbowl With A Cryptic Inscription Conspires To Thrust Him Back To Reality So To Speak Mostly Harmless Just When Arthur Dent Makes The Terrible Mistake Of Starting To Enjoy Life, All Hell Breaks Loose Can He Save The Earth From Total Obliteration Can He Save The Guide From A Hostile Alien Takeover Can He Save His Daughter From Herself Also Includes The Short Story Young Zaphod Plays It Safe. It s that book you pick up and feel obligated to love, if only to escape grievous fan persecution Well Here goes Let s start with the humour Yes, it s everything that humour should be For a while, you are oh so amused and impressedbut then you weary of being so amused Akin to being kept on the edge of your seat for a good few hours something s going to get sore It s just such a strain I skipped ten or so pages near the middle but I m sure those ten pages were, like the rest of the book, terribly witty and sickeningly clever.The plot takes twists likeah, what s a good analogy A snake on LSD That ll do Don t get me wrong, they re good twists and Adams is admittedly superb at making the inherently illogical seem orderly and precise, but they just don t stop coming And after a while, the worst happens and the reader just stops caring I can see why this book has achieved its cult status It deserves its cult status in many ways There are moments of startling originality that knock you back and spin your world to a crazy new angle, but when the whole book is all but filled with these moments, the crazy new angle begins to make you dizzy and irritated At the end, I m still feeling oh so amused and impressed, but also oh so relieved I can stop. I first read what was then the Hitchhiker s Guide trilogy in high school I remember sitting on the bleachers in the gym reading while other people played volleyball or some other indoor sport and being swept away on a rollicking ride across the universe, and even to its end Much fun than volleyball You brought much joy and laughter to my life, Douglas Adams So long and thanks for all the fish. I definitely am overdue to reread this comic scifi classic I remember laughing all the time at the quirky universe that Adams conjured up, but admit to have forgotten many of the detailson my 2018 TBR I was thinking about the radio version of this, which I heard scraps of at odd times when from time to time it was repeated One in particular stuck in my head which was that one of the characters was stuck on a planet in habited by particularly intelligent birds who had evolved out of the human population when their economy collapsed due to an excess of shoe shops I liked this because it reminded me of Bromley, which as a child to my mind had far too many shoe shops all of which it seemed I was doomed to be dragged round whenever my childish feet, ever yearning for freedom, threatened to escape the bounds of my current pair.The business of the planet inhabited by the intelligent birds was I m sure recycled and tided up into Zaphod Beeblebrox s visit to the Total Perspective Vortex and that in a way is my experience of the whole series Originally there was the radio series, a television series, a series of books They overlapped It was anarchic It didn t make sense And it was fun Then the books left all the rest behind Things grew progressively neater, orderly, a plot emerged For me it became dull, the jokes laboured, down to the final experience in Mostly Harmless of finding all the loose ends tied up by the author only the understand that it was better, from my perspective at least, when they were all undone and missiles or maybe it was spaceships, it certainly didn t matter eitherway could turn into a bowl of petunias and a whale that thinks oh no, not again , characters could escape certain death Candide style, or a piece of cake could be used to show you in relation to the whole of creation As a series then I suppose I think of it as Mostly Flawed but with occasional nice moments A flood of detail and invention that washes away the story in a glorious incoming tide, the author in an unfortunate and unnecessary move though repeatedly sticks his fingers in the plot holes and throws down sandbags full of story, even though it is unpredictable joy of the circling poets of Arium and the exchange rates of galactic currencies that best reflect the galaxy we live in and our experience of hitchhiking through it than any kind of story. 2.5 stars I ended it after four books because I felt like the fourth book epilogue not included had a nice ending and also I m bloody sick of it Just as funny as advertised, but I made the mistake of reading the collection of all five novels, and what s trying to read them all in one go Once I got about halfway through Life, the Universe, and Everything, it had stopped being funny and had gotten a little confusing Adams is excellent at humor, not so much at plot.So, for clarification 5 stars for the original Hitchhiker s, 4 for The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and 3 stars for the others. OK Where do I start with this one It s a doozy.Let s first of all say that I think this is one of the best uses of the English language It s right up there with, well, anything else I mean, just read the sentences He is a lot like Tolkien, in that he makes the words themselves the art But where Tolkien will take English and make it into a lush, broad canvas, Mr Adams turns English into a plaything Let s put my last sentence another way The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy is the literary equivalent of juggling chainsaws You read it through the first time, and you have no freaking clue how he did thatwith those words OK, we got that out of the way How bout the story now Sure, that sounds good, Nick.There is no plot For all of you who need one, I m very very sory But frankly, it s better that way Life doesn t have a plot, right You just sort of muddle through your week doing the best you can with what Life can throw at you Well, that s the point with this He takes the most regular guy, the guy you d like to hang out with, someone decent that you can introduce to your sister And then Adams throws him out into space and just sees what happens.Certain parts of this book, especially at the beginning, are an adaptation of the BBC Radio programme aired in 1977, which was also written by Douglas Adams And he wrote H2G2 episodically, but also with no clear goal in mind So when his characters come to a problem, Adams had no idea what would happen to them until he wrote the solution Some rather large pieces of the story stuck in H2G2 this way This is most true in the earlier books in the Trilgy yes, it s five books in a series The trilogy is inaccurately named , when the writing is fresher and better.But the best part of H2G2 and all of DNA s books, frankly, even Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency is his worldview Basically, it s all about taking what life gives you with patience, humor, and tea Yes, he was an Atheist Yes, I m a Christian whose favorite thinker writer guy was an Atheist Calm down, calm down , and he disliked people using ideas and beliefs as a crutch This is the part where it s hard to really write a coherent review for me, because so many loved ones of mine hi Mom and Dad would see this as a Very Bad Idea So why don t you shoot me an email, and we can have a discussion about it Maybe sit down, and have some coffee and some nice nosh and chat You ll get and better ideas out of me that way Anyways, I ve just lost my train of thought, so I ll just say you ll love the part about the Vogon poetry And H2G2 is an inaccurately named trilogy, because it is composed of five books I recommend reading them all at once, even though there s no plot and things in one book will sometimes contradict things in another Anyways, this trilogy is still one of my favorites.