Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #5)
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
And actually Ioved it. I think it's almost up there with the first two books, but what I also love about it is that fact that there is a plot, something that was sorely missing from So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it is also the perfect way to end the series. I...more
In my mind, the series, while stylistically consistent, somewhat changes genre from book to book. The first two were the sci-fi satire it's best known for. The...more
But in the fourth and fifth book of the series, I found my interest lagging and the end of Mostly Harmless caught me somewhat off guard. I sat there with the finished book in my hands, feeling rather put out.
I like and lau...more
The atrocities the author commits towards his characters in this book significantly impact my enjoyment of the rest of the series. The first few pages start out depressing and it j...more
There's also just some horribly bad/strange plot choices. (view spoiler)[First and foremost is completely wiping away the love interest created for Arthur Dent in a way that's lazy and...more
In reality this is also the last of the Adams books and it does feel like the end of the saga too..everything gets wrapped up ultimately and there is continuity within this book..the Eoin Colfer sixth book is one which I now approach with trepidation an...more