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Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams

Mostly Harmless (original 1992; edition 2000)

by Douglas Adams

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Title:Mostly Harmless
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Del Rey (2000), Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
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Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (1992)



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In 'Mostly Harmless' characters here seem to get their own chapters, starting with Trillian, as the characters all seem to be distant from each other. Mostly Harmless is much better than So Long (my least favorite in the series.) I love the bit with Ford jumping out the window - I can only imagine how cinematic that could have been.

Overall, the Hitchhiker's books are never TOO science-fictiony - a sci-fi newbie can understand all of the science here. Which is all the more amazing that Adams can come up with so many fresh ideas yet be so understandable. These books are at the top of that sci-fi mountain. I also was surprised to NOT find more dated British slang - there isn't any. Almost like Adams knew the books would be universal classics that would withstand time. Thinking of why this is a classic: the setting is imaginatively otherworldly from the beginning, there are the perfect number of main characters (interesting characters as well), the plot is always speedy and amazing, the number of ideas that are seemingly only thought up by Adams, and the humorous perfect writing itself. All of the elements are there. ( )
  booklove2 | Dec 31, 2015 |
I'm a fan for life of anything Douglas Adams writes, doubly so when it's related to The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. The 5th and last installment in this series was very much like the first 4 but the characters felt very much older and more mature, with the except of Ford Prefect, he felt the same, an obnoxious overly confident asshole and for that I simply love him. This was a fantastic ending to the story and it concluded very much in the fashion that I thought it would, complete and total destruction of the Planet Earth, maybe? ( )
  Joseph_Stelmaszek | Nov 29, 2015 |
  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
I think what makes the last two books of the series work for me is that they're tied back to the Guide. Mostly Harmless brings us back to the urgency and magic of the first book. A satisfying conclusion to the series. ( )
  jscape2000 | Jul 5, 2015 |
I'm not sure what to make of this. When all of the characters are on their own, though, it doesn't really work. At least we know what happened to the King. ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chiconi, OscarCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarikivi, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The history of the Galaxy has got a little muddled, for a number of reasons: partly because those who are trying to keep track of it have got a little muddled, but also because some very muddling things have been happening anyway.
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[Book 5 Only] "Mostly Harmless" is the title of the fifth in a series of novels (as well as the fifth in a series of radio dramas). The five works in the series are generally referred to as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" or "The Hitchhiker Trilogy", as is the series of radio dramas. Though there are unabridged audio recordings of these works, the radio dramas are considerably different from the printed works. Eoin Colfer, of "Artemis Fowl" fame, contracted in 2008 to write the next volume of the "Trilogy."
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Douglas Adams is back with the amazing, logic-defying, but-why-stop-now fifth novel 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.

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In the fifth volume of the Hitchhiker series, Random, the daughter of Arthur Dent, leaves her remote home planet on the edge of the universe to set out a cross-galactic odyssey in search of her ancestors' native planet.

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