A Conversation for Talking Point: How Did You Discover the HHGTTG?

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Post 1

Petkan

...for a long time, so I had been already pretty intrigued. So when one day there was a new Bulgarian edition of the Guide, comprising all five books plus some unfinished stories by Douglas Adams, I just got the book from a friend. I had expected it to be quite good, but when I started reading it, I found that it was not just good, it was great and totally addictive.

Then I started looking for the original English text to catch up with what might have been lost due to the translation. I could only find it on the Internet, in a text file; so I downloaded it and re-read it for a few times.

After that I've been recommending the books to everyone, and I bought that aforementioned mega-edition for a birthday present as well. I also have them listed on my personal website, under a "Favorite books" heading smiley - smiley

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Post 2

Kirpster

Me too, found books b4 tv/radio series.
A friend recommended it, though I later realised she'd never actually finished the 1st one! I got it out of da library that day, and have never looked back! I love them all. Especially love the sum up of 'Mostly Harmless' :
'The fifth book in the increasingly innacurrately named Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy trilogy'
They are just plain addictive, but I can't get any of my friends to read them. Its so annoying, no-one else will go near them!

I can't remember how I found H2G2. I think it was late one night, I was bored and on the bbc cult website. That day changed my life...it turned me into an excessive internet user who gets cranky if asked to get off computer, and can't go a day without checking for new postings.

How did you find H2G2?


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Post 3

Petkan

The radio and TV shows were never aired over here, but the books are more than enough. I have had a hard time making other people read it too -- but those who actually read the Guide, absolutely loved it!

I think I got to the bottom of the problem. The combined edition (titled "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as complete as possible") is a huge book, way too thick for the average person. Five normal-sized books probably look much more digestible.

It's a pity that we cannot have new works by DNA anymore... "Mostly Harmless" doesn't really seem like the greatest way to end the "inaccurately named" trilogy. I mean, with Arthur and Fenchurch being lost in Probability and the Vogons taking finally getting their way, it's not exactly the most optimistic book ever, it it? smiley - sadface

Oh well... that's just the way it is. With or without a happy ending, this is the best series of books that I've ever read!

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Petkan


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Post 4

Kirpster

Theres @the Salmon of Doubt', his unfinished novel, which I'm gonna read soon hopefully, but I don't think its Hitch-hikers characters!

Mostly harmless was written so that he could blow up all earths in all dimensions, or so he says in a documentary about himself.

I've never heard the radio series, and the TV series is pretty dire!

Do you have a favourite from the books?


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Post 5

Petkan

Yeah, I just read "the Salmon of Doubt". It's one of the Dirk Gently series. The story is amusing, and the part that was finished was about enough for me to figure out how it was probably going to end. I liked it enough to recommend it smiley - smiley

I think the better part of the book are the other miscellaneous works by DNA that were included. There is a number of articles about just anything, including ones written for h2g2. They are on various subjects, and are divided into three sections - Life, the Universe, and Everything.

I don't think I have a favourite Hitchhiker book. I like them all. The best thing is that each one, along with continuing the story, introduces new -- and totally unexpected -- ideas.

From the tiny fraction of the script that I've seen, I can judge that the radio series are much like the book. I've never really been into radio plays, but this one, naturally, intrigues me smiley - tongueout

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