The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Young Picador, 2005 - Dent, Arthur (Fictitious character) - 217 pages
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On Thursday at lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has already had his house demolished that morning, this seems to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place. A $60-million PG movie from Walt Disney pictures is releasing in May 2005. It stars Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent, Sam Rockwell as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Bill Nighy as Slartibartfast and the supercool hip-hop artist Mos Def as Ford Prefect. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was voted the nation's fourth most popular book by the BBC's Big Read and the Young Picador edition will bring this perennially popular novel to a brand-new teenage readership. Over fourteen million copies of Douglas Adamss books have been sold worldwide.

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Stupid. Ridiculous. Unbelievable. Crazy. Dumb. Yup. Just as much fun the third (or fourth?) time around. Way back in high school, especially in Grade 13, I had the coolest teachers. But the coolest of ... Read full review

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Light-hearted, comical, quick read. Read it years ago, but was reminded why it's a classic. Read full review

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Douglas Noel Adams (sometimes referred to Bop Ad because of his distinctive signature) was born in Cambridge, England, on March 11, 1952 and educated at St. John's College at Cambridge University. He graduated with honors in English Literature in 1974. In addition to being a writer/editor for radio, television, and stage, Adams has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, and radio producer. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1979, one of his bestselling humor and science-fiction novels, was originally a radio series. It was the first in a four-book series that includes The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe, and Everything; and So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. He once stated that the idea for his first novel came while he was "lying drunk in a field in Innsbruck and gazing at the stars." He pokes fun at humanity by mixing science fiction with humor. Adams's additional books include The Meaning of Liff; The Deeper Meaning of Liff; Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul; and Mostly Harmless. He has also co-authored the book Last Chance to See, about endangered species. Douglas Adams died May 11, 2001 of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 49.

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