Mostly Harmless

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Ballantine Books, 1992 - Fiction - 277 pages
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It's very easy to get a little disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished in a misunderstanding about the nature of space-time, the spaceship you are on crashes in flames on a remote and Bob-fearing planet and all you have to fall back on are a few simple sandwich-making skills. However, instead of being disheartened, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life a bit and, immediately, all hell breaks loose. Hell takes a number of forms: there is the usual Ford Prefect form of hell, fresh hell in the form of an all-new version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which behaves in an altogether more mysterious, sinister and airborn manner, and a totally unexpected hell that arrives in the form of a teenage girl who utterly startles Arthur Dent by being his daughter when he didn't even know he had one. Much as Arthur would love to stay in his rural sandwich-making idyll, he is forced to set off on his travels once again, this time on the back of a mysterious Perfectly Normal Beast. Can he save the Earth from total destruction throughout all dimensional probabilities? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save the Grebulons from completely myopic junked-up idiocy? Can he save his daughter Random from herself? Of course not. He never even works out what is going on, exactly. Will you? Mostly Harmless: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Part Five: The book that gives a whole new meaning to the world trilogy.
  

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It's the perfect ending for the trilogy. - LibraryThing
I'm also a bit disappointed with the ending. - LibraryThing
What a dreary ending for these poor characters! - LibraryThing
Adams's writing is mostly hillarious! - LibraryThing

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User Review  - polarbear123 - LibraryThing

I was surprised about the low rated reviews here. I read the other four a while back so I have kind of forgotten them. However this book was enjoyable and funny, much funnier than say a Terry Pratchett novel. Similar humour but I click with Adams more I think. Read full review

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

Conclusion to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. I found this novel somewhat frustrating to read due to all the skipping around in space and particularly in time. I find myself, looking back ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
17
Section 3
40
Section 4
44
Section 5
48
Section 6
57
Section 7
74
Section 8
81
Section 13
142
Section 14
157
Section 15
160
Section 16
180
Section 17
191
Section 18
206
Section 19
220
Section 20
224

Section 9
95
Section 10
113
Section 11
117
Section 12
125
Section 21
233
Section 22
250
Section 23
261
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy, including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. His other works include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.
You can find more about Douglas Adam's life and works at douglasadams.com.