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Datheus
09-02-2003, 05:53 AM
Ah yes. So I've got me a new Av/Sig. So here's what I'm wondering:

Who here thinks Douglas Adams is god? :D

I've read all five books in his Hitchhiker's trilogy. His type of humor is right up my alley. I'm hoping the BBC will follow through and make their archives avalible so I can even check out the radio show. That would be pretty cool.

And does anyone else have any other Douglas Adams suggestions?

It's a shame he went and died on us :(

Neko Lain
09-02-2003, 06:22 AM
Who? :confused:

Darklighter
09-02-2003, 09:49 AM
He wrote the Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy books, which were subsequently made into TV shows, radio etc. A very bizarre sense of humour, which I found incredibly funny to say the least ^^;

Was definitely a big shame he passed away. He was one of the great new literary English writers, a very clever guy. I need to read though books again, they were great =D

Tesla
09-02-2003, 10:07 AM
Being from the UK and loving all the comedy greats, such as John Cleese and the Other Monty Pythons and other great shows, im don't know who your talking about, but from what Darky says im sure he was really funny :D

Jubatus
09-02-2003, 10:38 AM
I love the Hitchhiker's Guide, but only the first 3 books of the trilogy, because the humour changed somewhat between books 3 and 4. The reason for this is that Adams had a down period for a good while and you'll see several years have passed between these two parts of the whole work, and it shows in the style of his humour.

Adams loved nitpicking and twisting common phrases, everyday normal events and the workings of the brain. He'd take expressions and turn them upside down, e.g. the Vogon Constructer Ships that hung in the air much in the same way as a brick doesn't. And the beauty of this is that not alone is it funny as hell it also presents the language (english in this case, of course) to you in a way to make you start looking at common expressions and the language as a whole with a critic's eye; it opens up a universe where the language is far more malleable for creativity than one normally realizes being bound to common phrases.

Apart form the language Adams had an overflow of wacky ideas that actually makes perfect sense when you get caught up in his work. 2 of my favourites are how to fly and the SEP field.

In short, no one go through life without reading these books (the first 3 at least).

ckcsaber
09-02-2003, 03:12 PM
I'm a big fan of Douglas Adams. I loved the Hitchhikers series and still reread it once in a while as well. It's a shame he passed away though........

The BBC series is hilarious, and captures Adam's humor dead-on (despite the low budget ^_^).

You should really read "The Salmon of Doubt" Datheus. It's a compilation of lots of Adam's work. Some of it is about "The Hitchhikers Guide", and a lot of it is just quirky little stories he wrote. It’s definitely worth reading if you're a fan.

Darth Eggplant
09-02-2003, 03:51 PM
Douglas Adams
Terry Pratchett
and JK Rowlings
are my fav 3 brit authors right now.

Douglas Adams work with Hitchhikers;
and other things, Dirk Gently, Starship Titanic
(played some of the game it was wonky
think it needed a patch to finish, but it was funny)
he also did serious book 'last chance to ... something'
it was enviromental;
and yes R.I.P
*is Neil Gaiman also brit or American? he too is a great author*

anyhow there used to be an album\CD of the show from either TV or the Radio, it is out of stock now, i have been trying to find a copy again. i have not had much luck online so far coming up with decsent content. but your siggy is cool. it made me feel calm, and I did not feel the need to panic.

so long as you don't start posting Vogon poetry
we'll all be quite alright.:D

Azrael
09-02-2003, 04:05 PM
Originally posted by Neko Lain
Who? :confused:

Heathen! Blasphemy! Burn in hell! Arghh!

The answer to life: 42.

StormHammer
09-03-2003, 06:37 PM
Yes, Mr. Adams will be sorely missed. I've read the [i]Hitch Hiker[/b] books, and watched the old TV series when it ran. I never caught the original radio drama, though. Classic stuff, which leaves you with strange quotes littering the passages of your brain, like...

"Ode to a small lump of green putty I found under my armpit one Midsummer morning" :p

or...

"Here am I with a brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to make cups of tea"

and...

"It's AMAZINGLY amazing!" :D

RIP Douglas. I hope that wherever you went they have a good sense of humour. ;)

princessliar
09-05-2003, 09:34 AM
I love Douglas Adams! I read the entire Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy quite some time ago, and more recently I read The Salmon Of Doubt and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. I'm going to get The Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul and Last Chance To See sometime soon. :)

The TV series of Hitchhiker's was so good! The sub-Dr Who special effects... *reminisces* :D

Ford, you're turning into a penguin. Stop it. :p

edlib
09-05-2003, 09:42 AM
Originally posted by Darth Eggplant
Douglas Adams work with Hitchhikers;
and other things, Dirk Gently, Starship Titanic
(played some of the game it was wonky
think it needed a patch to finish, but it was funny)
he also did serious book 'last chance to ... something'
it was enviromental;
and yes R.I.P
*is Neil Gaiman also brit or American? he too is a great author*

"Last Chance To See" is the book. It's very good, if you can find it. And it's not all serious, there are some hilarious classic Adams moments that ant fan would relish.
And I played some of the game too, but never finished for exactly the reasons you described.
There's a JAVA version of the original HHGG text-adventure game by Infocom out there somewhere, but I haven't bothered to pick that one up again either. (It's genius, but frustrating.)

Personally, the 2nd Dirk Gently book is my favorite thing that Douglas wrote, but it seems that a lot of people ignored that series since the first book was so wierd, and a bit spotty in places. The Dirk Gently story that was in "The Salmon Of Doubt" probably would have been my favorite if he had gotten a chance to finish it.

Now, if the ever get around to making that HHGG film they've been promising us for decades...

Chastan
09-07-2003, 01:09 AM
Interestingly, Adams came to my campus a few weeks before he died. I think everybody wanted to hear about his Hitchhiker's Trilogy, when he came about Last Chance to See. I really liked it.


John Cleese also came to visit :)

BongoBob
09-07-2003, 05:03 AM
Hmm...looks like I gotta go make a trip to my local library to check these books out. If the books are as funny asyou guys have portrayed them, then I'll be in for quite a treat.

PS: Is it possible that I can find them in america?

edlib
09-07-2003, 05:53 AM
Yes.
I don't know of a book store that DOESN'T carry them! He's been a bestseller here for years.

The entire Hitchhiker's series is available in a single volume, usually discounted (I've seen it for under $10.00)

"Last Chance to See" may be the only one that might be hard to find at this point, although ebay or Amazon will have it, I'm sure.

Happy hunting.

Captain Wilson
09-07-2003, 02:44 PM
Originally posted by Darth Eggplant
Douglas Adams
Terry Pratchett
and JK Rowlings
are my fav 3 brit authors right now.


Add on Robert rankin an thats the same except is 4