Don't Panic

Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

eBook, 275 pages

English language

Published Nov. 11, 2018 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc..

ISBN:
9781504056281

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5 stars (56 reviews)

'It's all absolutely devastatingly true -- except the bits that are lies' Douglas Adams

Don't Panic celebrates the life of an ape-descended human called Douglas Adams who, in a field in Innsbruck in 1971, had an idea.

This is also the story of what that idea became: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- the original radio series which started it all, and the five book 'trilogy', the TV series, almost-film, computer game, towel and website that followed.

Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman also tells the whole story of Liff, the Universe of Dick Gently, and everything else Douglas ever worked on, including his posthumous collection The Salmon of Doubt. As Douglas himself said, it is 'certainly the most outstandingly brilliant book to have been written about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy since this morning.'

Completely updated, with a new foreword by Neil Gaiman

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Makes you want to discover Douglas Adams all over again

4 stars

Neil Gaiman has a lot of respect for Douglas Adams' work and quirkiness, and therefore you can feel the endearment just from reading. The book is funny - mostly through footnotes - and I learnt a lot that I wouldn't say is essential to understand Adams, but it planted a willingness in me to read everything again. I even want to listen to the original radio series. This book is worth reading if you enjoy Douglas Adams the man, and not exactly for Hitchhiker's Guide even though it is a big chunk of him.

Review of "Don't Panic" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is an amusing science-fantasy novel. It follows Arthur Dent, who wakes up with bulldozers about to demolish his house to make a bypass. This event is followed by the Earth being demolished by aliens to create a hyperspace bypass, and he and his friend, revealed to be an alien, hitchhike away just in time. What follows involves space travel, giant planets, liberal improbability and of course, universal truths about life, the universe, and everything. A large amount of the book is set aboard a certain spaceship called the "Heart of Gold" however it features multiple hostile planets and vessels. The book is written in third person past tense, with a casual tone. It is primarily to entertain and to amuse. I found The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy not only remarkable, but highly successful at being amusing. Perhaps could have been …

Review of "Don't Panic" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I really liked this book but I think I read it too late in my life. I would have loved this as a teenager. It would probably have been one of my favourites. Now it made me chuckle a few times and I'm not sure I'm going to pick up the sequels. It's fast paced and full of humour and definitely worth a read though.

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