Mostly Harmless It s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up the woman you love has vanished due to a misunderstanding about space time the spaceship you are on crashes on a remote and Bob feari

  • Title: Mostly Harmless
  • Author: Douglas Adams
  • ISBN: 9780345379337
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished due to a misunderstanding about space time, the spaceship you are on crashes 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 startingIt s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished due to a misunderstanding about space time, the spaceship you are on crashes 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 s the standard Ford Prefect version, in the shape of an all new edition of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, and a totally unexpected manifestation in the form of a teenage girl who startles Arthur Dent by being his daughter when he didn t even know he had one.Can Arthur save the Earth from total multidimensional obliteration Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover Can he save his daughter, Random, from herself Of course not He never works out exactly what is going on Will you

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    1. Mostly Harmless was, for many people, a disappointing end to a fantastic series. Adams admitted that he was having a "bad year" when he wrote this book, and it shows: the usual humor and manic pacing are largely gone, replaced by long tracts about actual theoretical science (as opposed to the lunatic-inspired science that created, say, the starship Bistromath), and the tone overall is far darker and more depressive. There are still glimpses of Adams' comedic genius, but the book as a whole is a [...]

    2. (mild spoilers ahead)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 do [...]

    3. Mostly Harmless is the closing chapter of Douglas Adams' series, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Unless, you want to count And Another Thing by Eoin Coffer as the last installment of the series, but by all extensive purposes I leave it at Mostly Harmless. I am unsure if I will follow the guide any further, since my American Express card was rejected through my elaborate travels.Mostly Harmless follows one Homo Sapien, Arthur Dent, on an exuberant, random, and slightly sad adventure through spa [...]

    4. The Milky Way Galaxy, is in a state of confusion, the dozen Universes , ( you didn't know, there are more than one?), have exploded into each other. Nothing is what it was, historians have quit, what's the point, everything keeps on changing, since history is so fluid. Tricia McMillan (Trillian , in another existence} , is not happy, the television anchor is back in England, after an unsuccessful job interview in New York City, at ten times more money too! Dead tired from the overnight flight, s [...]

    5. Onvan : Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide, #5) - Nevisande : Douglas Adams - ISBN : 345379330 - ISBN13 : 9780345379337 - Dar 288 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1992

    6. The fifth and final installment in the Hitchhiker “trilogy” is generally regarded as the weakest in the series (it’s the lowest rated on this site, for example). The story is focused on Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect. Poor Arthur, who finally found happiness at the end of book four, has the love of his life whisked away from him senselessly and is back to wandering the galaxy alone. He finally settles down to a life that many would find mind-numbingly dull but that suits Arthur just fine. Ju [...]

    7. The Encyclopedia Galactica, that venerable compendium, has a lot to say about the works of Douglas Adams. In particular, the first four books of his 'Hitchhiker's' series have over 7 million words dedicated to them. This includes synopses, critical analyses, research projects, philosophical treatises and Babel-fish fan-fiction. But the fifth book in the series has not enjoyed this level of attention. Until recently, the Galactica article regarding this novel comprised a single word; 'pointless.' [...]

    8. Hitchhiker's, volume 5.There are some good lines in this, but I can't help feeling it would have been better if Adams had left it unwritten, or at least unpublished. It is very disjointed, with Ford, Arthur and Trillian mostly in separate stories. It starts in what would be a parallel universe - if such things existed, which they don't, because "it makes as much sense as the sea being parallel". "If there was one thing life had taught her it was that there are times when you do not go back for y [...]

    9. Sadly, the five-part Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy” ends not with a bang, but a whimper. With four storylines — displaced earthman Arthur Dent, reckless Hitchhiker’s Guide correspondent Ford Prefect; Trillian, the earth woman once named Tricia McMillan who dumped Arthur at a party to go into space with Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Tricia McMillan in a parallel universe where she stayed on earth — Mostly Harmless reads like a frenzied ride on the bumper cars, with storylines beginn [...]

    10. Blechh! Worst. Ending. Ever! I've heard that Douglas Adams wrote this book during a bad time in his life (hey, we all have 'em), but this book more or less stinks. I have chosen to forget that this book was ever written, and that the series ended on a definite high note with "So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish". Those of you who have not had your minds poisoned with this bit of tripe would do well to skip it altogether.

    11. Randal: Which did you like better? Jedi or The Empire Strikes Back?Dante: Empire.Randal: Blasphemy!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.

    12. The universe is a joke. Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I knew this to be true--and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature. Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey. Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you [...]

    13. Carefully read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then imagine that the most horrible, depressing conclusion possible to the whole affair could happen. That is what happens in Mostly Harmless. It wraps every loose end up most completely, but it wraps things up the way a car compactor packages your favorite vehicle. 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 [...]

    14. Is That It?25 February 2017 I’m not really sure about this book. At first I was going to suggest that it didn’t have any point but then again this is a part of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, which basically means that the books aren’t going to have a plot, or a point. Well, I guess the lack of a plot, and a point, is a point in and of itself because it simply goes to demonstrate the absurdity of existance, and that is that there really seems to be no point to this whole thing we call rea [...]

    15. Its years since I read the first four volumes of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and really enjoyed it. Perhaps my taste has changed or I can't get into the 'mood' but I really didn't enjoy this book. It just seemed to be a 'clever' messa round with words and the sort of adolescent fantasies of the universe that kids who were stoned and listening to Pink Floyd tended to come up with. Like a lot of things, it was more fun to have lived it than to read about it.There were a couple of good sen [...]

    16. I'm a huge fan of Douglas Adams, and loved the first four books in the "trilogy". I was sorely disappointed by the fifth and final book in the series though. To me, it seemed like he was thinking "I'm sick of people whining for more Hitchhiker's books. I'll show them." The way the book ends is so.l. I understand Adams was going through a bad period when he wrote this book, and it shows. Don't bother with this one.

    17. Let me just say that 'Mostly Harmless' totally shocked me out of my chair.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 [...]

    18. Now there's a neat ending, if I ever read one. It was brilliant, however bleak. I could not find in here (in the fifth and last book of the "trilogy") quite so much of the beloved cuckoo sense of humor that made his books always so irresistible to me. However, I did appreciate the proper science fiction-y feeling to it, which was of course well done, having been produced by the magnificent imagination of Douglas Adams. I miss you and I regret never having met you, Mr. Adams. I hope they have goo [...]

    19. 3.5 starsMuch better than the last book, there was a lot more action, space adventure and silly humour. I loved Arthur and the whole sandwich making thing he had going on, it was hilarious, his interactions with Random were quite funny too. I didn't like Ford all that much though, his parts dragged and he just wasn't very entertaining.The ending was a tad depressing with what happened to all the Earths. I guess it was better to end in that way because then the gang would forever travel in space/ [...]

    20. I combined my review for all of the Hitchhiker books in to one post. It just felt easier that way.You can read the review here:*****Darling & Co.*****

    21. I found this a bit lacking in enthusiasm. A bit too much hopelesness, being stuck, anger, confusion. I felt that Adams has run out of ideas and was repeating himself, with less humor. I was quite bored for parts of it. Overall it is worth finishing and still has some amusing moments.

    22. I feel like the bad guy after a break-up. It's not that this book was terrible, but I gave up after reading 2/3 of it. I started my relationship with the book without a lot of trust - the reviews I've read and heard have been overwhelmingly negative, and I really disliked the previous book in the series. But I figured that maybe my friends were all wrong, and no one could appreciate the book but me, and I just needed to give it some time. And then it let me down. It's not that it did anything al [...]

    23. For some reason this fifth volume is not included in most collection of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and I've only realised this recently. 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 [...]

    24. Like its predecessors in the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series, "Mostly Harmless" is a very quick and easy read. Douglas Adams' writing style is light and entertaining, containing just enough words to let you know what's going on, rather than going on and on describing each and every detail. In this way, the story flows along quite nicely. While the beginning of the story did tend to drag on a bit, once it picked up, I found it to be very engaging and amusing. The character developme [...]

    25. Rating: 3 1/2 starsWhole series rating: 4 starsI get why some people don't like this book, however, I didn't read it. I listened to it on audio and I think Martin Freeman bringing all of these characters to life over the books really made it possible for me to enjoy the story more than if I had just read it on paper.If you have a few hours to kill in a day (or are doing a lot of driving), get the audiobooks. Martin does a brilliant job at giving every character a voice, especially Arthur (which [...]

    26. Thoroughly meh. There were some glimpses of Adams' typical humor, but the final installment of the Hitchhikers' Guide "trilogy" is much more bleak. The story also skips around between three different plots (centered around Arthur, Ford, and Trillian/Trisha), none of which was satisfactorily wrapped up as far as I'm concerned. Adams does delve into the complications of the space/time continuum, which he handles with his characteristic combination of wonkiness and humor. I enjoyed listening to the [...]

    27. (Spoilers ahead)Douglas, GURL, what happened?I know you said it was a bad year for you but DAMN. I guess we all underestimated how much of a BAD FUCKING YEAR it was. Wow.Almost Harmless is not as funny as the previous books, not as thoughtful, not as interesting, not as intriguing and just not good at all. It's too slow-paced and all the things that happen in the book aren't even related to each other (or even to the last few books). They're completely random facts unrelated to the story, and th [...]

    28. I don't rate many books with a 5. I think the Hitchhiker books are brilliant in the way I believe Ron Wesley means something is brilliant that he is referring to in the Harry Potter books.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 [...]

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