Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams #2020

Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams By NickWebb Wish You Were Here The Official Biography of Douglas Adams It all started when Douglas Adams demolished planet Earth in order to make way for an intergalactic expressway and then invited everyone to thumb a ride on a comical cosmic road trip with the likes of
  • Title: Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams
  • Author: NickWebb
  • ISBN: 9780345476517
  • Page: 449
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  • Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams By NickWebb It all started when Douglas Adams demolished planet Earth in order to make way for an intergalactic expressway and then invited everyone to thumb a ride on a comical cosmic road trip with the likes of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and the other daft denizens of deep space immortalized in The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Adams made the universe a much funnier place to inhIt all started when Douglas Adams demolished planet Earth in order to make way for an intergalactic expressway and then invited everyone to thumb a ride on a comical cosmic road trip with the likes of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and the other daft denizens of deep space immortalized in The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Adams made the universe a much funnier place to inhabit and forever changed the way we think about towels, extraterrestrial poetry, and especially the number 42 And then, too soon, he was gone.Just who was this impossibly tall Englishman who wedded science fiction and absurdist humor to create the multimillion selling five book trilogy that became a cult phenomenon read round the world Even if you ve dined in the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, you ve been exposed to only a portion of the offbeat, endearing, and irresistible Adams mystique Have you met the only official unofficial member of Monty Python s Flying Circus The very first person to purchase a Macintosh computer The first and thus far only author to play a guitar solo onstage with Pink Floyd Adams was also the writer so notorious for missing deadlines that he had to be held captive in a hotel room under the watchful eye of his editor the creator of the epic computer game Starship Titanic and a globetrotting wildlife crusader.A longtime friend of the author, Nick Webb reveals many quirks and contradictions Adams as the high tech gadget junkie and lavish gift giver repressible ham and painfully timid soul gregarious conversationalist and brooding depressive brilliant intellect and prickly egotist Into the brief span of forty nine years, Douglas Adams exuberantly crammed lives than the most resilient cat while still finding time and energy to pursue whatever side projects captivated his ever inquisitive mind By turns touching, tongue in cheek, and not at all timid about telling the warts and all truth, Wish You Were Here is summation as celebration a look back at a life well worth the vicarious reliving, and studded with anecdote, droll comic incident, and heartfelt insight as its subject s own unforgettable tales of cosmic wanderlust For the countless fans of Douglas Adams and his unique and winsome world, here is a wonderful postcard to be read, reread, and treasured for the memories it bears.From the Hardcover edition.
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      NICK WEBB was a publisher for nearly thirty years before, perversely, turning to writing He commissioned The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy while he was an editor at Pan Books, and remained good friends with Douglas Adams until the end of the author s life.


    1. Besides Humphrey Carpenter s Tolkien biography this is without a doubt one of the best biographies I have ever read if it isn t actually the best Nick Webb has caught the mood and mannerism of Douglas Adams to perfection, and anyone who s read Hitchhiker s or any of his other books will recognize the whimsical and charming humor inside this one.Wish You Were Here toes the line between what is personal and what is too personal to tell in a biography, but never once does the author cross it and th [...]

    2. This isn t just a must read for Adams fans, it s also a must read for writers or any other creative type who enjoys the sweet torture of procrastination Adams was a master of the genre.I m not much of a biographies person but this one is almost like hanging out with Adams, he s that well captured.

    3. Douglas Adams is one of my favorite writers, and I ve been a fan of his books since I was about 12 or 13 Ironically, I was introduced to his first book The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy by my older brother, who has no sense of humor whatsoever.I read this at the same time as reading another Douglas Adams biography, called Hitchhiker , written by M.J Simpson The reason I did this is I wanted to get a complete sense of the life of my favorite humorist from than just one viewpoint Sure, each b [...]

    4. 2.5ish Full confession I was one of those school kid nerds who discovered Adams work and completely fell in love with it I picked this up on impulse at the library and, sadly, struggled to get through it There were lots of great stories about Adams the author was a friend of his but there were So Many Names I think if I had been familiar with 70s 80s famous media Brits I would have enjoyed it As it was, I kept stumbling and pausing, Should I know who this is Still love Adams work and admire his [...]

    5. A bit rambly but enjoyable.Personally I find it extremely heartening that one of the funniest, most capable writers of the last few decades was beset by crippling self doubt as to his abilities or chance of success in the world Add to that the fact that are plenty of people who just as vastly overestimate their talents, and it just goes to show you never know.The biography is quite tolerable until the omg he s the greatest quality of it gets to you It s not like the level of admiration increases [...]

    6. Another thrift store find and a fantastic one at that Douglas Adams was a difficult genius and Nick Webb did a wonderful job of telling the story in a very even handed manner He admits Adams s shortcomings as well as some of his unpublicized triumphs Webb s writing is also great A biography has never been so fun He has a quirky humor, much like Adams, that makes it an enjoyable read The only bummer is that the book was published before the movie was released I would have loved to hear his though [...]

    7. This was a very comprehensive book, and very entertaining to read It made me like Douglas Adams all the , and really makes me want to go back and reread everything he s written It took me an unusually long time to read for some reason not a quick read , but I enjoyed every minute of it.

    8. I m not a huge fan of biographies in general Douglas Adams is one of my favorite authors, and I certainly learned a lot about him while reading this, but I can t say that it added much to my appreciation of his novels, or of him as a person The author is British and the book was written over 10 years ago, so there was quite a wide cultural gap for me to leap as an American in 2017 References to British celebrities actors writers from the 70s and 80s, mostly abound that probably would have been [...]

    9. I read the Hitchhiker books long ago, but was not aware of this book until it popped up on BookBub and I downloaded for free I found it to be almost a hagiography of Douglas and all I could think of was that if there wasn t a Douglas Adams, someone would have invented him I understand what he brought to the world of sci fi that was not there before, but he was certainly not alone Yes I think the Hitchiker books were fun, brilliant even, and I enjoyed Dirk Gently With this book, after a while, if [...]

    10. This is a warts and all biography that gives the overall impression of a brilliant, insecure man His flaws, his generosity and his ability to drive people nuts while still instilling in them a kind of protectiveness come across very strongly.

    11. While not as good, in my opinion, as Gaiman s work on the same subject in Don t Panic, Webb does a good job here of trying to illustrate Adams life.

    12. Excellent biographyThis biography avoids the usual problem with biographies of having a sad ending by dealing with the death of the subject up front at the beginning Of course, it helps that the subject sadly died very young so there were no years of decline to write about Douglas Adams comes over as a nice and intelligent person.

    13. I picked up this one because I am a big fan of Douglas books I ve read the H2G2 trilogy , Last Chance to See and Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency.I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, and I ve never laughed the way I laughed while reading H2G2 It s just so damn funny.He was a visionary, way ahead of his time.He was an outspoken atheist too.So, it goes without saying I have a lot of respect for Douglas.But this book, for me, was kind of a let down Although it details his life in painstaking de [...]

    14. A wonderful account of the life of Douglas Adams, a man of boundless energy and imagination who inhabited the wastelands between real science, science fiction and humour, and lived his life with a childlike sense of awe He will never be forgotten As for Nick Webb s book, it is stuffed full of detail and amusing anecdotes He takes us close enough to Douglas to get a strong sense of his drive, his passions and his demons writer s block, mostly without intruding too far into his soul Nick Webb s af [...]

    15. It s of a theme based biography than strictly chronological very British I have got to start using the word kipple Mr Webb was also an acquaintance of Douglas as well as being the official biographer , he was able to bring some of his personal insights to the work I learned about his family background that I remember reading in either the Gaiman or Simpson bios the section of pictures if a bit too small was a lovely addition, as was the list of Douglas favourite Beatles tunes The index and Lis [...]

    16. Painstakingly researched, and affectionate Webb acknowledges his seriously pro Douglas bias, but he makes many excuses for Adams personality challenges which are a bit grating to read after a while The early parts of the book are the strongest, focusing on things that happened and anecdotes I consider myself a great admirer of his work, but not a fanatic, so I was happy to learn about the childhood and adolescent circumstances that shaped one of the funniest English modern writers The latter cha [...]

    17. Fantastic It takes a little while to get going through some slightly dull plodding about at the start discussing Douglas Adams family, but it really hits its stride once the great author gets into the picture Very intelligent and often funny maybe a bit too much America bashing from author Webb, ironic as Douglas loved America , this book is straightforward for about half the pages and then goes off the rails in different directions about Adams life Appropriate, though, given how full of ideas a [...]

    18. Solid and fun to read but nothing terribly new revealed here, at least not to anyone who s read other biographies of the great man The obvious comparison is MJ Simpson s Hitchhiker which is less full of personal anecdotes but perhaps detailed.What lifts this is Webb s personal connection with Douglas so much of this is first hand stuff from someone who was a friend rather than just recounts from other people.It slips back though because there s not really any great insight to his actual output. [...]

    19. I admired Douglas Adams writing from page one of the h2g2 books After all, his phenomenally profound, witty, and irreverent writing prompted me to start reading again Little did I know then, that, for many reasons I d come to admire the man himself.This is the first biography I ve ever completed or wanted to A candid, funny, and intimate insight into Douglas life, wish you were here made me want to read each one of his books again, so I could delve deeper into how he perceived the world.

    20. I was surprised constantly through out this book I really enjoyed reading this book and was very happy to find out about one of my heros, this book made me laugh, cry, giggle like a kid It was happy, sad and enlightening and it surprised me in places I think knowing his work made me enjoy learning about the man behind the answer to life the universe and everything and has made me dust of my old copies of the hitchhikers four book trilogy to reread But you most definitely don t need to be a fan t [...]

    21. I made it through the introduction and the first chapter or so about 50 pages in before deciding that this wasn t going to work for me Maybe if Douglas Adams had written itWhat I really wanted to hear was of his stories, and this was, perhaps, too comprehensive Let s go back in time and set up the family, talk about how who begat who and all of the myriad relationships Skipping ahead might have served me better, but I d already invested my hour or so, and I wasn t interested any.Moving on.

    22. While interesting, I could not relate to Adams as described I have little patience for thoughtless and selfish men, particularly white ones of Adams generation I appreciate that underneath it all, Adams was well meaning and caring, but that doesn t make up for repeated unintentional hurts Also, the book should have ended a good fifty pages earlier Learning of the drama involved in his tech venture was neither particularly informative or interesting.

    23. Frankly, this was quite disappointing The subject matter was certainly interesting, but the author s style is appalling it reads like it was written by a schoolboy at times, with a plethora of completely pointless footnotes It s also obvious that the author was not nearly detached enough from his subject, and it was like someone regaling you with tales of an old friend, rather than a subjective biography.

    24. I liked it It did a good job of showing where the zaniness came from, but also told a lot about him that couldn t be inferred from his books I hadn t realized he was such a bad procrastinator it s a good measure of how valuable he was to his publisher that they d go to the lengths they had to, to get him to write something I m glad they did, though, and I ll always be sorry he didn t get a chance to delay his way through books.

    25. Anyone who has enjoyed reading Douglas Adams books should strongly consider reading this witty, intelligent, and sensitive biography of Douglas, by Nick Webb, who clearly knew the man well, and loved him for both his brilliance and his quirks I believe Douglas would be proud to know what an amazing impression he made on so many during his life, and this biography is an excellent testimony.

    26. A loving, yet painful tale of creativity, self doubt, procrastination and distraction Interesting for writers as this is not only a biography but also a blow by blow exploration of DA s publishing relationships Webb knew Adams and in his research got many of those key to his life to tell affectionate tales of a very creative and, of course, flawed man.

    27. A few moments of hilarity and Adamsian anecdotes among somewhat painful descriptions of the publishing tv movie producing processes All probably quite accurate, but I guess I was hoping the entire book would be as funny as Adams s fiction was Very insightful as to how such an imaginative artist interacts with corporate entities.

    28. I still have the last 2 books of the trilogy in five parts to read and now that I ve read this, I want to go back and re read the first three consecutively before finishing out the series Having some insight into how his writer brain worked wants me to not only refresh my brain on the H2G2 series but read everything else he s written

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