Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless

Book - 1992
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Douglas Adams is back with the amazing, logic-defying, but-why-stop-nowfifthnovel in the Hitchhiker Trilogy. Here is the epic story of Random, who sets out on a transgalactic quest to find the planet of her ancestors.Line drawings.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 1992.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780517577400
0517577402
Characteristics: 277 pages ;,22 cm.

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alex_373
Aug 23, 2017

This was an okay book, just not nearly as good as the other four in the series. The story left me confused at times and the ending was unsatisfying, but overall it wasn't bad.

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baldand
Apr 10, 2016

As Arthur Dent himself complains, this parallel universe stuff is confusing. In the last novel of this series the Earth has been destroyed by Vogons but it is still there, or at least some of the time. Trillian is still around, but so is Trish McMillan, who in the parallel universe has not left a party with Zaphod Beeblebrox, to her constant regret. So logically one would think that instead her romance with Arthur Dent would have bloomed, but this isn’t even broached as an alternative. Fenwich, with whom Arthur was romantically linked at the end of the fourth book, apparently has disappeared from Arthur’s life in a strange and unconvincing manner, just as Mella is disposed of at the beginning of the third novel. Arthur doesn’t have a child with Trish, as one might have thought, but with Trillian, and only as an unknown (to him) sperm donor. Random, their daughter, isn’t really raised by her mother, and she rejects her father. Surely this kind of narrative pattern goes beyond a writer’s form of Attention Deficit Disorder, and betrays a deep and unhealthy pessimism on the part of the author about human relations.

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Bearskito
Feb 13, 2015

Easily the most disappointing book in the series, but still worth reading. It has several connected plot lines, but suffered from a terrible ending and the absence of several characters. That being said, it has a lot going for it, too - continuing the saga of why the earth is back in existence that started in So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish, the return of the Vogons, Arthur as the sandwich-maker, Random Dent (a severely underused character), 2 Trillians, and one of the best throwaway jokes of the entire series - The King. Not nearly as good as the first 4, but still not bad.

Funny and ironic, just read it!

jdneochi Nov 21, 2010

Douglas Adams wrote this book.

Need I say more?

Okay, okay, If you really must know, Douglas Adams may have been under the influence of Aliens when he wrote this book. After all, he predicted some of the technology we are just now beginning to see in real life. For example, one of the characters has a watch which she uses to watch tv on. Ever seen the new ipod nano? Yep, it can be worn as a watch.

Back to the book. The Guide offices have been taken over but by who? Ford Prefect aims to find out who the mystery beings are behind the acquisition of the Guide. And his quest leads him to the sinister truth: Vogons.

But what do the Vogons have planned? Why the Guide? And what exactly happened to Arthur Dent? And more importantly, what has Trillian been up to?

Like a perfectly made sandwhich, this story is made to satisfy. And speaking of sandwhiches, I think I will go acquire one.

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