The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Illustrated Collector's Edition (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Illustrated Collector's Edition (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1)

by Douglas Adams

Hardcover(Deluxe, 25th Anniversary Edition)

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Packed with an Astounding Amount of New and Never-Before-Collected Material.

Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they want to spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?

No one but Douglas Adams could have pared life’s meaning down to these three questions, and they remain as inspired and head-scratchingly clever today as they did twenty-five years ago when they appeared in the first edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Showcasing his quick wit, comic genius, and wide-ranging intelligence, Hitchhiker’s has become nothing less than a cult classic and cultural phenomenon.

To celebrate its quarter century and the extraordinary legacy of Adams, this gorgeously designed, mostly harmless deluxe edition gathers never-before-collected photographs, original artwork, memorabilia (from the strange to the sublime), and wisdom gleaned from a first read or first encounter as Douglas’s friends remember how the galaxy was forever changed a mere twenty-five years ago (not to mention the original text of the novel) into a one-of-a-kind Guide as stunning as two suns setting over Magrathea.

Whether you are well versed in the antics of Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered Earthman plucked from his planet seconds before it’s demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, and Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy posing as an out-of-work actor, or are hitching a ride for the first time, this is the book that has everything you’ll nee to know about anything.So please do not be alarmed. Definitely don’t panic. Just be sure to grab a towel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400052936
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/19/2004
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series , #1
Edition description: Deluxe, 25th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.68(w) x 9.39(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Douglas Adams died in May 2001 at the age of 49. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, including The 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. His other works include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Illustrated Collector's Edition (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Nazgullie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I cannot begin to explain how much I love this book. I can only say that I love the way it turned my brain upside down so that I could begin to try and fathom all the wonderful things that Arthur experienced. Douglas' style of writing is funny, and it was a real pleasure to read this. I see this becoming a real favorite in my collection
graceschumann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I had heard from several people who had read this before me, that this story was a must-read. And they were right. I thoroughly enjoyed all the witty back-and-forth banter between all the characters. For Douglas Adams to be able to come up with this whole vast universe of completely different and random planets and types of space beings and the different objects they possess, clearly demonstrates how vast his imagination stretches. He was able to clearly explain most everything the reader came across as well so that there was no confusion while reading and I loved how he made random connections from one event to another throughout the whole story. My favorite characters had to be Ford just because of his hilarious remarks throughout the book and Marvin, the little depressed robot. The final culmination of the story was just hilarious and awesome how everything all came together basically because of Marvin. I can't wait to read the next book in the series :)
Moriquen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmm, I'm actually quite disappointed after reading this. I had high expectations, but they weren't met. It was funny sometimes and the story in itself seems like a nice idea, it just didn't work for me.
briannad84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book and great movie too!
beckykolacki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy won me over with its charm and its intelligent jokes. It's the kind of humor that makes you chuckle inwardly, rather than laugh out loud (most of the time). The story begins by introducing us to Arthur Dent, a thoroughly average and somewhat boring human being, who shows a few odd quirks soon enough. His house is being destroyed, so he lies down in the middle of the path of the bulldozer to stop them.As it turns out, it doesn't much matter that his house is being destroyed because the whole planet is being demolished by Vogons (a type of Alien). Arthur is the only human rescued by his friend Ford Prefect, who is actually an alien from Betelgeuse. They travel in a ship known for its improbability drive - which means that every improbable event that you would never expect to happens, happens. One of the most entertaining and intriguing bits is finding out the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything - probably one of the most well known parts from this book.At times it can be a little difficult to follow the journey of Arthur and has companions (Ford, Zaphod, Trillian, and Marvin), because each chapter jumps around to a different event. This is no doubt due to the fact that this series started as a radio play. Also, we meet a wide cast of characters but get very little character development - we don't really get to know these people, and as a result don't particularly care about them.Though the books is mostly silly and humorous, it does leave you able to contemplate a few things about human existence as we know it.
thea7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In parts this book was extremely hilarious and had me falling off my chair in hysterics. When I began reading I hadn't prepared myself and could not stop laughing for the life of me. Of course part of the "funny" comes from the physical plot line which at times is completely and utterly bizarre and backwards, something that after a long day is thoroughly enjoyable. But at other instances, it was such a drag that it kind of killed the mood. I enjoyed the twists and turns, especially the one regarding the mice being the smartest creatures on Earth, which happened to be the best computer every made. I think that Douglas Adams has me hooked enough to give its sequence a shot. I find his style is witty and entertaining, and he is extremely creative. This is probably the funniest book I have ever read.