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jherazob
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posted March 19, 2002 19:53     Click Here to See the Profile for jherazob   Click Here to Email jherazob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend had it and gave it to me, along with "The restaurant at the end of the universe" and "Life, the universe and everything". That's the reason i haven't done much anything else in the last few days, and what caused me to actually like the fact that my ISP was down since the weekend

It's interesting that i discovered a new feeling, of being about to go mad, laughing hard, be confused, surprised and extremely amused, all at the same time I had to make a small pause to give myself and my poor belly and throat some rest, but i'll continue in a while. Is this common, or is just me?

I'm sure he has other books by Douglas Adams, so i'll have to see if i can convince him to give them to me for a while.

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macadddikt18
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posted March 19, 2002 20:35     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
congrats, the world will look a lot different now. I think that was one of the best books i ever read. I hope you enjoy them.
nayt

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plastic
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posted March 20, 2002 01:12     Click Here to See the Profile for plastic   Click Here to Email plastic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At first I was shocked and amazed and could do nothing but stare at my computer screen blankly while catching flys in my mouth , but I have since recovered and glad to see that you are converting....please join us at the meetings and dont forget your bible.


I think besides the obvious, may favorite part of THE BOOK would have to be the beginning where DA helpfully tells you how to leave the planet.

I think I'm going to have to go back and RE-read THHG.


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SupportGoddess
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posted March 20, 2002 01:41     Click Here to See the Profile for SupportGoddess   Click Here to Email SupportGoddess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After you finish the Hitchhiker's trilogy, see if your friend has Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. They are also hysterical.

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spungo
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posted March 20, 2002 03:39     Click Here to See the Profile for spungo   Click Here to Email spungo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't make my mind up if I enjoyed the book more than the television series (which has just come out on DVD over here!)

Marvin gets funnier every time I watch it, probably as I find myself turning into him.

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spungo
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posted March 20, 2002 03:45     Click Here to See the Profile for spungo   Click Here to Email spungo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just remembered something ... I was on a long bus ride once from Gothenburg to Stockholm. All the way through the boring scenery (look everyone, a pine forest!) this guy at the front of the bus was pissing himself laughing at something. Everyone else on the bus was shrugging and making 'loco' gestures and what not. Now, this bus ride was something 6-8 hours - most of it was filled with this guy's intermittant maniacal laughter. As we alighted at Stockholm I managed to glimpse what he was reading - of course, it was the Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul.

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Zwilnik
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posted March 20, 2002 04:50     Click Here to See the Profile for Zwilnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The radio series is even better!

Personally, I think Dirk Gently... is his best book, but the first four Hitchhikers are pretty close (Mostly Harmless sucked big league though)

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GameMaster
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posted March 20, 2002 05:45     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know where I can get the old radio shows on CD? I was reading HHGTG again last year, on the bus.... I know the way the guy felt.

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spungo
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posted March 20, 2002 05:49     Click Here to See the Profile for spungo   Click Here to Email spungo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure about getting the radio show on CD... but this maybe the place to look if it's possible.

BBC site

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spungo
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posted March 20, 2002 05:51     Click Here to See the Profile for spungo   Click Here to Email spungo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In fact, yes - if you go to the 'BBC Shop' bit.

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quantumfluff
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posted March 20, 2002 07:22     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumfluff   Click Here to Email quantumfluff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just checked, I have the original HHGTTG radio shows on an LP! I think I'll go listen to it.

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miliani
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posted March 20, 2002 18:47     Click Here to See the Profile for miliani     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yaaaaaay!!! Another soul converted!!! =)

I remember reading HHGTG back in middle school, and these guys would always ask, "Hey, geek, you trying to find a way back to your home planet?" ;-) But then again... I really was a science and computer nerd (still am!) back then who did nothing but go to school and then go to gymnastics and taekwondo practice after school, so i guess the harrassment was somewhat deserved. =P

Marvin is my hero. =D

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Erbo
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posted March 20, 2002 21:18     Click Here to See the Profile for Erbo   Click Here to Email Erbo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read the title of this thread and immediately thought, "God, you don't know how lucky you are, to have that still in front of you."

First time I read them, I had gotten the first two books as a Christmas present. I was hesitant at first, but then cracked open H2G2. Within the hour, I was laughing my ass off! Since then, I've acquired all the other books, the original radio scripts book, copies of the two albums, the video of the six TV episodes, and Neil Gaiman's companion paperback "Don't Panic." I don't have the signature towel, though.

After you work your way through the H2G2 series, try the Red Dwarf series. They're also funny as hell.

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SheRa
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posted March 21, 2002 14:44     Click Here to See the Profile for SheRa   Click Here to Email SheRa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you like science fiction and humor, you might also like the Stainless Steel Rat series, by Harry Harrison. It's a futuristic, sarcastic detective series.

Also the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett are hilarious. It is a very cheeky and irreverent fantasy. "Small Gods" is my favorite in the series.

Neither of these series is quite as geekishly stupendous as Hitchiker, but they are still worth reading.

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Hikaru
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posted March 22, 2002 06:55     Click Here to See the Profile for Hikaru     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
reaper man is also good, I would also recommend that ya read
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachet
it is groovy

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MBoprey
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posted March 24, 2002 18:09     Click Here to See the Profile for MBoprey   Click Here to Email MBoprey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anybody else here hate reading books? I've never once (besides a John Lennon song collection book that explained what his songs meant) enjoyed reading a book. :-/

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TheAnnoyedCockroach
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posted March 24, 2002 19:48     Click Here to See the Profile for TheAnnoyedCockroach   Click Here to Email TheAnnoyedCockroach     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Books are good. They're my friends.

They create worlds that are much better than the one I'm stuck in.

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Sir Aureus
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posted March 25, 2002 15:25     Click Here to See the Profile for Sir Aureus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you liked the Hitchhiker series, I strongly suggest reading the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. He writes the same type of humor, and, although it isn't quite as concentrated, he wrote a lot more than Adams did. I suggest starting with Mort because the first couple of his books aren't quite as good as his later works.

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Stormtalon
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posted March 25, 2002 15:26     Click Here to See the Profile for Stormtalon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stainless Steel Rat merely a detective?? This is James Bolivar "Slippery Jim" DiGriz, we're talking about here! He makes Cary Grant's character in "To Catch a Thief" look like the absolute epitome of a fine, upstanding, law-abiding citizen. Slippery Jim redefines the word "smooth."

I'd also like to toss in a suggestion for Piers Anthony's 'Xanth' novels. Not only is it the longest-running trilogy in existence (the man just cannot count), it's also got what has to be the highest "puns-to-page ratio" in existence.


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Geordie
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posted March 25, 2002 18:59     Click Here to See the Profile for Geordie   Click Here to Email Geordie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stormtalon:
I'd also like to toss in a suggestion for Piers Anthony's 'Xanth' novels. Not only is it the longest-running trilogy in existence (the man just cannot count), it's also got what has to be the highest "puns-to-page ratio" in existence.

I agree about the pun count but having read some of his early darker stuff I find I just can't stomach the sacharine sweetness of his Xanth novels. It isn't that they are bad though.

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macadddikt18
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posted March 26, 2002 05:55     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Books are good. They're my friends.
They create worlds that are much better than the one I'm stuck in.

I have to agree to that one. I much rather live in a world created in a book than this one most days.
Nayt

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Evilbunny
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posted March 26, 2002 18:45     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ALLRIGHT!! GO YOU!!!!!!
The best books on the planet!!!!!
(Well, except for "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynmann!" and "The Hoboken Chicken Emergency!")

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Erbo
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posted March 26, 2002 21:07     Click Here to See the Profile for Erbo   Click Here to Email Erbo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I consume a few books each week as part of a staple diet.

quote:
Originally posted by Stormtalon:
I'd also like to toss in a suggestion for Piers Anthony's 'Xanth' novels. Not only is it the longest-running trilogy in existence (the man just cannot count), it's also got what has to be the highest "puns-to-page ratio" in existence.

I'm rather fond of his "Incarnations of Immortality" series myself. A former girlfriend pointed me to Bearing an Hourglass, and I just took off from there. The same girlfriend also pointed me at Rick Cook's "Wiz" series (Wizard's Bane, The Wizardry Compiled, The Wizardry Cursed, The Wizardry Consulted, The Wizardry Quested), which is now also a longtime favorite of mine. (It concerns a Cupertino hacker who finds himself in a sword-and-sorcery world, and becomes the greatest wizard in the world by creating a programming language for magic. Tons of computer puns.)

Incidentally, Piers Anthony has a decent Web site...www.HiPiers.com. He's a Linux user! And he likes tortoises! Those two factoids immediately rated him as "Super Cool" in my book...

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greycat
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posted March 27, 2002 06:09     Click Here to See the Profile for greycat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, Piers graduated to Linux? Cool... I haven't followed his life in gory detail lately. But most of what I know about CP/M comes from reading his Author's Note at the end of one of his earlier Xanth books where he describes his transition from CP/M to MS-DOS.

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Erbo
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posted March 27, 2002 18:47     Click Here to See the Profile for Erbo   Click Here to Email Erbo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by greycat:
Oh, Piers graduated to Linux? Cool... I haven't followed his life in gory detail lately. But most of what I know about CP/M comes from reading his Author's Note at the end of one of his earlier Xanth books where he describes his transition from CP/M to MS-DOS.

Yeah, one of the "Incarnations" Author's Notes (I think it's Wielding a Red Sword, but I could be mistaken) is another place where he talks about moving from "Captain M's apartment building" (CP/M with its multiple user areas) to "Ms. Dos' garden paths" (hierarchical directories in MS-DOS). According to some material from his Web site, he migrated to Windows after that, and then, about a year ago, he gave up on M$ and moved to Linux...but it wasn't that easy of a transition. Still, he was highly motivated, which helps. Some of his newsletters now refer to "MacroHard." Take that as you will.

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