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 Giselle has volunteered to lead this discussion!
Thanks for taking the reins with this one, Giselle! I know you'll do a great job. :-)

Let me know how you think this discussion forum should be organized. As you know we usually create a separate thread for each chapter but there are 35 chapters in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Having 35 threads is probably excessive and we will end up with most threads with zero posts. We've often created threads for groups of chapters so perhaps 7 threads that relate to 5 chapters each. This is one idea. I'm open to your thoughts. If we go with chapter threads I'd like to personally create those threads so just let me know what to do and I'll do it. Thanks.



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Thank you giselle :)



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Thanks,, Giselle. I'm looking forward to this one. I don't know why, but I haven't read this before.



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I'm looking forward to Hitchhikers Guide as well and I hope we have a lively discussion, I will do my best to encourage that. I read the first couple chapters last night and Adams really hits my funny bone, I hope others find it funny as well. As to number of threads, I think 5 chapters per thread is good, maybe plus one opening thread for general discussion? Not sure about timing? When do we start? And just a note about buying the book on Kindle, I purchased the entire 5 book series for less than $17. I thought that was a pretty good deal because his later books are good reading as well, IMO.



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Douglas Adams is one of my favourite authors so I am looking forward to this.



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The treads are in place so the discussion can start now if you would like giselle.



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Unfortunately I'm away from my computer for a week so I plan to start this discussion Oct 1. If others want to proceed, please do and I will catch up. I'm sure we'll enjoy discussing the adventures of Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect and all of Adams' weird and amazing characters.

Question: What is the most important advice that the Hitchhikers Guide has to offer?

Answer: "Don't Panic" ...

Ok, well, I didn't say it was particularly useful advice ... but given the circumstances that Arthur faces quite early in the book, this may in fact be the best possible advice ... :P



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looking forward to something funny. Thanks for leading the discussion Giselle


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looking forward to something funny. Thanks for leading the discussion Giselle

If your sense of humour is anything like mine, I think you will find Hitchhikers "lol" funny ... I have not read that many books which I can honestly put in that category but Hitchhikers is one of them. I hope you find it funny too. 8)



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Roll on October 1st!!

Just putting this post in the hope that I'll get an email prompt to remind me to join in. :wink:


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Will the radio series and the movie be part of the discussion or not?



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John Sliz: Will the radio series and the movie be part of the discussion or not?


I expect the film and the radio will be on the periphery..... I thoroughly enjoyed both of them....but they don't have the depth of the books......

Humorous books are usually a little superficial....but not these ones.


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Ok, I'm back and ready to dive into the Hitchhiker's Guide. Glad to see a few people on board and I'm sure we'll pick up a few more once the threads are active. And Penny, hopefully this post triggers an email message for you! :)

And we will discover in due course the significance of the number '42', it is surprisingly significant ... to most of us I doubt it stands out as a special number, so all the more reason to read the Hitchhikers Guide ..

I see the discussion as focused mostly on the book but I'm certainly interested in comments/comparison with the movie or radio series. This may prompt me to watch the movie.



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I thought the radio series was superb because you need to read this book in a 'certain tone of voice' or it isn't so funny, but one can visualise Zaphod with his two heads. I always find the depictions of him a little disappointing on the screen. The TV series was amazing otherwise. The film of course combined five books into one story, if I remember correctly. Hitchhikers is a trilogy of five books. Douglas Adams said so! :D

Having read the book before, many years ago, I was delighted to note that, in the introduction, the lady in the cafe was in Rickmansworth. My son and his partner and my grandson live there. We visit fairly regularly. It is a very posh and civilised suburb of outer London, which makes the lady's enlightenment all the more funny. I didn't know about Rickmansworth when I read the book first time.

It is a book that remains with one though, always in the psyche. One day, a few years ago, some workmen were digging in the field right opposite our house and, as is my wont, I went out to ask what they were doing and why. They said they were erecting a mobile phone mast. That was my Arthur Dent moment. It's not there now though. :twisted:


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