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Mostly Harmless (1992)

by Douglas Adams

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (5)

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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 on a cross-galactic odyssey in search of her ancestors' native planet.
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Finished and angry, betrayed by the author. I mean, Hitchhiker's Guide is probably the best book ever, so I can forgive him anything. But jeez, Doug! ( )
  JudyGibson | Jan 26, 2023 |
That took a weird turn in the end... ( )
  Kavinay | Jan 2, 2023 |
How do you rate a nihilist's book that ends with nothing?

I had hoped for more, but why? To Adams, it's all meaningless, so to anyone who doesn't share his worldview, he can only disappoint.

I think Arthur would have been happy as a sandwich maker and I think Random could have been happy as his daughter.

I read it, enjoyed it and now I'm done. Tick the box. ( )
  Jeffrey_G | Nov 22, 2022 |
More of the same. Still clever but not so hilarious anymore. ( )
  futureman | Nov 16, 2022 |
Owned as part of The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  FrontierGirl | Jul 3, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Böttcher, SvenÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chiconi, OscarCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarikivi, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Anything that happens, happens.
Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.
Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.
It doesn't necessarily do it in chronological order, though.
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For Ron
With grateful thanks to Sue Freestone and Michael Bywater for their support, help and constructive abuse.
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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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