The universe is a joke. Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you lie there with him. What is surprising is that people often fail to see the rather consistent and reasonable philosophy laid out by Adams' quips and absurdities. By showing a universe that makes no sense and having his characters constantly question it, Adams is subtly hinting that this is the natural human state, and the fact that we laugh and sympathize shows that it must be true.
But frankly, it's better that way. Life doesn't have a plot, right? So when his characters come to a problem, Adams had no idea what would happen to them until he wrote the solution. 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. You'll get more and better ideas out of me that way. 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.
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. I can see why this book has achieved its cult status. At the end, I'm still feeling oh-so-amused and impressed, but also oh-so-relieved I can stop.
So my journey with The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy finally came to an end. The characters, the stories, the writing and the essence of Douglas Adams work it was fantastic!!! I had heard a lot about this cult series and finally got to read it thanks to a friend. This book contains the entire Hitchhikers 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 Fish 5.Mostly Harmless 6.Young Zaphod Plays It Safe (story) There is a sixth novel - And Another Thing... So much has been written about this cult series that I wonder if I should write a review! 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. In addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season.