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Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2000
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“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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- Lexile Measure : 910L
- Mass Market Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345418778
- Item Weight : 4.2 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345418777
- Product Dimensions : 4.15 x 0.62 x 6.87 inches
- Publisher : Del Rey; Reissue Edition (February 1, 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #310,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
It was a light good fun journey, but there wasn't many random entries of the guide or anything else this time; also, the ending felt somewhat boring and not very climatic like previous ones.
The new characters presented are underdeveloped but fun; still, the other books are more solid in this regard too.
Although the ending was not what Douglas really wanted to have, in overall, the story winds up to a conclusive solution.
I loved this trilogy (!) and I have to admit that I decided to read them after hearing a lot of praise about the movie. Even though I had seen it almost a decade ago it did not impressed me a lot. But the book is different. I could not stop reading the books. The humour in it exceeds the movie about 67x fold. This trilogy is a must read for everybody.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
Personally, I thought this was a great book. In saying that I refer you to the following paragraph from Mostly Harmless:
“We live in strange times. We also live in strange places: each in a universe of our own. The people with whom we populate our universes are the shadows of whole other universes intersecting with our own.”
We see the truth of this statement every day on the review pages of Amazon and Goodreads. People seem to look out on the same universe. However, there's a clue to the reality of multiple dimensions in the fact that good books in one universe are bad in another. Mostly Harmless takes - for me at least - a thrilling trip through alternative universes.
Mostly Harmless begins and ends with the story of some interstellar explorers called the Grebulons. A meteorite damages their ship, resulting in the loss of all stored memories. The crew know they set out to monitor something, but have no idea what. By chance, they end up on a planet in the outer reaches of Earth’s solar system monitoring the only material they can find to monitor - TV shows beaming out from Earth. Cagney and Lacey and M*A*S*H seem to be particular favourites. The Grebulons’ situation contrasts with that of the Vogons who hove into view as the book comes to its conclusion. The Vogons know exactly what their purpose in life is. If you compare the clear, small-minded and unpleasant purpose of the Vogons, with the benign TV watching aimlessness of memory-deprived Grebulons, things look different vis-a-vis the aimless TV viewing. The best lack all conviction; the worst are full of passionate intensity, as Yeats would have said. It’s like there’s an alternative universe where casual TV watching is a deeply meaningful activity, as is reading books that some people think are not very good.
I send this message from my universe to yours - Mostly Harmless is a great book.
I have read all the books time and time again and still love them so I thought I would give the audio books ago. Martin Freeman is great even if he does seem to spend the first couple of CD's warming up to the role of storey teller. I have them all downloaded to my PC, phone and ipod so when ever a boring 5 minutes or couple of hours present themselves I can plug in and smile may through a couple of chapters or more.
Buy all of them and enjoy them again and again even if its just so you can sit there in silence grinning like a loon on the rush hour train to work, making everybody else slightly nervous around you as no one knows how to deal with someone smiling on a train that time of the morning. Who knows you may end up with a couple of seats to yourself!!!!!!!! :)