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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 23, 1998)

This is the funniest book in the whole galaxy.

It is the first in the classic "5-part" trilogy involving Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect.  Arthur Dent is grabbed from Earth by his friend Ford Prefect, whom he just found out is an alien, moments before a cosmic construction team demolishes the planet to build a freeway. They are aided by the Hitchhiker's Guide which offers such insights as "a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" and as well as galaxy of fellow travelers such as Zaphod Beeblebox, Vogons, and old and tired Slartibartgast.

This series, obviously attracts Sci-Fi readers, but will also be enjoyed by Anglophiles, Monty Python fans, world travelers, and well, anyone who is looking for answers to the questions that really matter. This book deserves a perfect score of 5 stars and should be reread at least once a year. Enough said.

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"The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "

(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 23, 1998)

"Don't panic!"

If you read one book, you are going to want to read all, so go on and click the book cover to the left which will bring you directly to where you can order this penultimate collection at a bargain price. 

This way you won't have to wait to read The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, in which Dent and Prefect travel to the end of time and to discover the true reason for Earth's existence.  Or when they save the entire Universe in the third book, Life, the Universe and Everything.  Or for  Dent to recall finding true love in So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish as well as "God's Final Message to His Creation."  And the least wacky, but completely satirical final book where Dent meets up with his estranged daughter in Mostly Harmless.

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"Starship Titanic"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark JUN 24, 1998)

Titantic, the software computer game!I'm not much of a gamer, though I've tried many.  If I have to kill to stay alive, I die and after so many deaths I lose interest.  If Carl sets me up with god capabilities, I'm OK for awhile, but I prefer a game where they just don't shoot at me in the first place.  Leave it to Douglas Adams to introduce just such a game.

Something has gone very wrong aboard the Starship Titanic, a fact that is quite obvious as it slams into the cozy confines of your living room.  You are invited aboard by the ship's robotic crew to figure out what went wrong.  As I said I'm not a gamer, so I never was much help in figuring out the problems, but I had a few laughs trying.

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Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams was born in 1952 in Cambridge, England.  After nearly a decade, he finally married Jane Belson where they lived in Islington with their young daughter.   Adam's humor extended to radio, printed media, TV and computer games.

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