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Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) Paperback – October 19, 1993
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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 the loathsome Vogons. A 12-week PW bestseller in cloth.
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“Hitchhiker fans rejoice! . . . [Here’s] more of the same zany nonsensical mayhem.”—New York Times Book Review
“It is Mr. Adams’s genius to hurl readers into a plot that seems to go everywhere and nowhere, then suddenly drop the pieces into place, click, click, click, like tumblers in a lock. . . . Delightful.”—Baltimore Sun
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With Mostly Harmless, Douglas Adams returns to his much loved Hitchhikers style of writing.
One could say that the story comes full circle, because the series which starts with the Earth being blown to bits, ends with the earth being blow to bits, again.
Arthur is finally relieved of his burden, and we feel happy for him. Although not all the Hitchhikers characters we love are not in this story, as was the case with So Long, but I could not not like this story. I did miss Marvin, though.
series, unless you count Eoin Colfer's enjoyable "And
Another Thing" and it is just as funny as the rest.
It is also a bit longer so it fulfills that
stereotype of making the last book in a series the
longest. But that is irrelevant to the story which is
amazing...and confusing as hell. But hilarious...and
headache inducing at times. My feelings to this book
are a bit mixed. On one hand, I loved it and laughed
along with it, but on the other it just seemed a
little too ridiculous. Maybe the series was getting
old for me or just the random plot twists and tares.
I think that I am being a little hard on it because
it is the final book and the ending, which is about
as abrupt and unsatisfying as falling off a cliff
into a pool full of starved sharks, disappointed me.
It did not feel like it should have ended that way
and it seemed as though Adams rushed it. "I love
deadlines. I love the wooshing noise they make when
they go by." Adams said this and I get the feeling
that he had missed several of these deadlines before
finally slapping an ending on the book and handing it
in. Great book and brilliant as ever but not the
major finale that some fans might be expecting.