Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

(38 Posts)
TotallyAddictedToLurking Wed 20-Nov-13 22:27:08

I read a post here earlier saying it was good.

Is it worth a read? What did you think of it?

DifferenceEngine Wed 20-Nov-13 22:31:17

Yes yes yes yes

It will change your outlook on life

- so a bit of a meh from me there

Like all humour , it is real marmite !

I loved it - and love Douglas Adam's sense of the absurd.

Beamur Wed 20-Nov-13 22:36:25

Classic book. One you should read.

TotallyAddictedToLurking Wed 20-Nov-13 22:37:47

I have now bought it for my Kindle.

I love how instantly I can buy books. My purse does not though!!

LaQueenOfTheDamned Thu 21-Nov-13 18:27:10

One of my fave all-time books, just because it was like nothing I'd ever read before when I was 14/15 (?).

Very quirky, incredibly witty at times and just a joy to read. Douglas Adams had my sense of humour, to a T smile

ILoveAFullFridge Thu 21-Nov-13 18:29:56

I need to re-read it. Will I love it now as much as I did 30y ago?

(shock how the hell can it be 30y since I read THGTTG? I remember it so vividly!)

Oh I love it. I've read it so many times that I can quote it all! grin

the film the other year? - shit shit shit crap shit shit crap.

An abomination.

MurderOfGelth Thu 21-Nov-13 18:32:02

It's my most read book, lost count of how many times I've read it

BobaFetaCheese Thu 21-Nov-13 18:35:24

It's amazing!
Although I dislike So Long & thanks for all the fish, just didn't flow as well as the others for me!

LineRunner Thu 21-Nov-13 18:37:02

Book great.

Film shit.

TotallyAddictedToLurking Thu 21-Nov-13 19:21:24

Looking at amazon I realise there are five books.

Are they all worth reading?

MurderOfGelth Thu 21-Nov-13 19:26:36

Oh yes, definitely. First two are my favourites, but the others are good too.

Thingymajigs Thu 21-Nov-13 19:39:05

I'm currently reading the series to my 10 yo ds who isn't a very confident reader. It's a great book but an awful one to try to read aloud I've discovered. I'm quite surprised at how insightful some of the humour is and it still feels fresh and relevant. We're on book 3 and plan on reading them all.

LittleTulip Thu 21-Nov-13 19:44:16

Agree with Line.

Read the book but don't bother with the film!

ElleBellyBeeblebrox Thu 21-Nov-13 20:03:16

Yep the book is amazing, hilarious, clever. The film was very disappointing. It sucked.

MurderOfGelth Thu 21-Nov-13 22:11:55

Book = excellent
Radio show = excellent
TV show = excellent
Film = big pile of poo

tribpot Thu 21-Nov-13 22:17:19

Read them - insanely brilliant.

Shoutymomma Thu 21-Nov-13 22:23:11

Books are brilliant. Get audio copies of the radio show for in the car - awesome. I hated the tv show myself.

The Book People have Douglas Adams' 8 books in a set for £8.99 at the moment. Last week it was in the flash sale for £5.99

CosmicDespot Thu 21-Nov-13 22:31:03

Love it! Fabulous book.

MaxineQuordlepleen Thu 21-Nov-13 22:34:45

My favourite book ever. And I liked the film...

ErrolTheDragon Thu 21-Nov-13 22:38:45

Oh, I somehow hadn't realised you could get copies of the radio - I'd like to hear The Voice of the Book again. Anyone else old enough to have heard the original broadcasts?

Radio -superlative; books - started excellent but while stretching the trilogy to 4 was good, I didn't really like the last one much, esp the ending. TV - so-so (they could probably have done it well nowadays with cgi, zaphod was never going to work well back then). Haven't seen the film - it's that bad, is it?

MurderOfGelth Thu 21-Nov-13 22:58:44

Errol Everyone I know walked out of the film sounding like Marvin on an especially bad day, so yes, it's bad grin

The film was so bad it actually made me angry. grin

It's the most dreadful thing ever done to a book since they butchered the James Herriot books to make All Creatures Great And Small.

LineRunner Fri 22-Nov-13 09:05:54

The film is so bad that everyone involved should be ashamed. From script to characterisation to 'feel': it's all wrong and leaden. It's as though the making of the film became Somebody Else's Problem.

I wish watching it had been. angry

ErrolTheDragon Fri 22-Nov-13 09:17:01

What a shame - Bill Nighy as slarti and Alan rickman voicing Marvin sounds so promising sad

Fantastic books. You'll never feel the same about towels, white mice or the number 42.

If you like them, I'd try the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde as well, similar sense of humour.

ILoveAFullFridge Fri 22-Nov-13 10:00:44

I was in two minds about seeing the film. OTOH the casting sounded perfect, but OTOH films of favourite books can often be cruel disappointments. The reviews persuaded me not to see it.

The TV series, OTOH, was very good. Not so much in the characterisations (Zaphod and Trillian were particularly dire), but in the animation of The Book and the overall slightly under-budgeted classic-Dr-Who-style feel of the programmes. Which was very appropriate, as Douglas Adams wrote some of the Dr Whos.

Trills Fri 22-Nov-13 10:07:33

Read the first one then see if you want more. Don't buy all 5 at once.

NoComet Fri 22-Nov-13 10:13:22

It has a lot to answer for, I went to study astrophysics, failed, became a biologist, but met DH all because of HHGTTG

And it's all Trill(ions) fault.

LineRunner Fri 22-Nov-13 10:41:12

I took my kids to see the film assuming they would be inspired to read the book.

How wrong was I? Put off for life, more like. Which is tragic.

I will try to encourage them again, now that the film is now but a fading albeit horrific memory.

NoComet Fri 22-Nov-13 11:31:41

I have the same problem with Black Beauty, DD2 saw a horrible scary, totally wrong, version of the flooded bridge bit and 8 years later still refuses to read it.

You didn't meet him at a party in Islington did you, Starballbunny?

When DW and I moved to Islington my first thought was "Are we going to be living on the site of Arthur Dent's cave?" We're on the edge, though, not in the middle.

NoComet Sun 01-Dec-13 21:50:10

No an astronomy conference in Winchester.

I am old enough, Errol. (Not sure if that needs a smile or a sad ) I think radio was late 70s?

The voice of the book was Peter Jones (?) who also used to appear on eg Just a Minute. And Arthur Dent was the same actor on the radio & TV

It was extremely well done. I loved D Adams & was very sad when he died so suddenly

Goodness me, I just looked up Peter Jones on google & Bill Dare who produces Dead Ringers is his son!

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