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sj
Oh, Wowbagger. It kind of boggles the mind that he's been insulting everyone for as long as he has (which is something I would probably do for two hours, then give up on cos ZOMG WORK), but if he insulted Arthur 2,000,000 years in the past and JUST got to the Ks in the 1200s (AD), why was he trying to insult Arthur again at Lord's?

Did he fuck up and have to start over? Did he insult everyone and decide to do it again for funsies?

These are the things I think about.

"Right number of aitches?"
Michael
A couple of ideas here are kind of, let's say "ironic"; but torturing women is still torturing women, and I wasn't a fan. The whole thing definitely has the Monty Python taste of lunacy, (even having the skit interrupted at the end by another skit) but I guess it was all a bit too casually violent for my tastes.
Tina Balling
Feb 14, 2013 Tina Balling rated it it was amazing
I adore this book, it's hysterical! Rather thought provoking in a way only Douglas Adams can create.
Betule Sairafi
May 24, 2014 Betule Sairafi rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-shorties
British Comedy, with a capital BC (pun unintended). It's kind of odd, writing Genghis Khan in the idiosyncratically funny British way... until the appearance of Wowbagger! Yay, Wowbagger! You forgot how much you loved A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but Wowbagger brought it all back for you. Go read it. Got finals? That's okay, read some of it.
Louis Packer
Apr 16, 2014 Louis Packer rated it liked it
Early (very) short story written by Adams with Monty Python's Graham Chapman, based on a comedy sketch they had written. As you would expect, utter silliness. Notable for an early appearance by Wowbagger, the Infinitely Prolonged.
Sinopia N
Apr 28, 2016 Sinopia N rated it it was amazing
"I said ask him," he hissed, "what kind of day he's had!"

Wickedly funny! Wish the story were a bit longer. It ended rather abruptly.
Keith
Oct 22, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, humor
Douglas Adams gives the reader a satirical look at Genghis Khan.
Patrick
Jan 04, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it
Interesting viewpoint about the life at war. Just one chapter long. The wowbagger bit is always entertaining.
Jason Lee
Jul 14, 2013 Jason Lee rated it really liked it
what is wrong with this war lord? a perspective I would have never thought about.
Faten Houjaij
Sep 03, 2013 Faten Houjaij rated it really liked it
Not your everday short story.
An unusual in-between-novels story.
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