Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #5)
Randal: Which did you like better? Jedi or The Empire Strikes Back?
Dante: Empire had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that's what life is, a series of down endings. All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets.
A friend of mine compared this book to Vogon poetry, and I couldn't argue one bit.
The Galaxy - or rather, multiple galaxies, in multiple universes, all at the same time.
Arthur Dent, who is a middle aged man that had been living near London is heartbroken after losing his girlfriend in an unexpected manner. He then sets out...more
The category which this completes is “a fantasy book.” I have to say most of the books that I have read in the last few...more
how would I rate the series if decimalization of ratings was permitted?
something like t...more
Mesmo sendo escrito 10 anos após o quarto livro, Praticamente Inofensiva traz os personagens para um cenário parecido, fazendo com que pensemos que, de certa forma, a espera pelo último livro foi proposital, para que o leitor entre completamente no clima nostálgico.
Em muitas resenhas lidas por aí, vejo que os com...more
Yes, the series staples like Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android are absent, and yes, the outright hilarity of the first two and even the third is mostly missing. But I think the ending of the book, which is the most-criticised aspect of the book, is its saving grace. One of the qualities that all the Hitch...more
Memory is a bit hazy because I am getting a little long in the tooth. But, I first heard about "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in 1981 or 1982 when I was a freshman at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. I had a friend who enthused about it. I don't remember if he carried on about the book before or after he...more
It's terribly amusing that the majority of reviewers have tossed this fifth part to the trilogy aside, banished it from their mental schemata of the series so as to acknowledge only that which ends well. I think it says a lot about the readership that they took in the entirety of the first four books without picking up on the melancholy and nihilistic subtext to Adams' writing. I mean, the first book ends with the discovery that the meaning of life is 42.... how much clearer...more
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.
From the Hardcover edition.From Publishers Weekly
In this installment of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy saga, Ford Prefect of the planet Betelgeuse relies on serendipity and his own quick wits to protect a new edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide from th
I read the first four books and pretty much loved the humor, storytelling and not to mention the characters.
Some new characters are made in 'Mostly Harmless', and if I had to choose a favorite new character, it would be Random. Random as in her name IS LITERALLY RANDOM.
The irony of the whole story made me really, really excited. The whole tale goes in a roundabout of time and space and ends up where we started.
The ending w...more
As with most of Adams' book, I finished the book with the feeling that I only sort of know what was going on and wasn't really sure what the point of it was but I had so much fun along the way that I didn't really care. This edition sees a new guide being created which works across all the dimensions. Queue chaos. Arthur Dent spends a great deal of time b...more
In many ways this book is a wonderful return to form, with the usual high/low comedy and mad, twisted explanations of tangential remarks. As literature, it's a notch...more
I marked a few passages as representative:
"She walked out of the fetid, goat-frying air and into the blessed cool of the lobby. The fine cotton of her blouse was sticking like grime to her skin. Her hair felt as if she'd bought it at a fairground, on a stick."(21)
"Her mood swings were very unpredictable but so far they'd all been between...more
I did have it, our copy was the whole five books, but I think that I just couldn't really get my head around the big jump between it and So Long and Thanks for al...more