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Mostly Harmless [Read] ➮ Mostly Harmless Author Douglas Adams – It’s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up the woman you love has vanished in a misunderstanding about spacetime the spaceship you are on crashes on a remote and Bob fearing pl It’s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up the woman you love has vanished in a misunderstanding about spacetime the spaceship you are on crashes on a remote and Bob fearing planet and all you have to fall back on is 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 looseHell takes a number of forms there’s 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 and a totally unexpected hell in the form of a teenage girl who startles Arthur Dent by being his daughter when he didn’t even know he had oneCan 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 what is going on exactly Will you.

10 thoughts on “Mostly Harmless

  1. Chrissy Chrissy says:

    mild spoilers aheadIt'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 does it need to be in order convey the ultimately meaningless adventure that Adams saw life in this universe to be? More importantly at what point did that fact ever stop him from telling a spectacular story?It is the journey than the end that defines us and the worlds we live in I think Arthur's encounter with the man on the pole in Hawalius can be taken as a pre emptive response to those who would invariably decry the novel to be too bleak humans seek to be protected from knowing the things we don't want to know about and it leads us to miss a great deal of understanding experience and acceptance sometimes with dire psychological conseuences A reader may not want to know how the story of Arthur and his companions ultimately ends or how any story that goes on long enough must end but it's a blind and willful ignorance that serves no purpose but to save us seeing reality in all its complicated and multidimensional depth of cause and effect and pure probabilityPersonally I found this book to be a brilliant and thought provoking conclusion to a sharp touching and gloriously honest series The ending of the novel with Arthur at peace and Ford laughing wildly is the most honest part yet I pity any reader who doesn't get that

  2. Jon Jon says:

    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 depressive There are still glimpses of Adams' comedic genius but the book as a whole is a definite cog or two down the scale from the first four While Mostly Harmless does provide a firm and definite conclusion to the Hitchhiker's Trilogy it can in many ways be left off the reading list for anyone who is not a die hard Adams fan; the average reader will get enough conclusion from So Long if not from Life

  3. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    The Milky Way Galaxy is in a state of confusion the dozen Universes you didn't know there are than one? have collided into each other Nothing is as it was no wonder historians uit what's the point everything keeps on changing since history is so fluid Tricia McMillan Trillian in another existence is not happy the British television anchor is back in England after an unsuccessful job interview in New York City at ten times money Dead tired from the overnight flight she can barely walk to her house but the odd gardener Eric Bartlett points out strange marks on Tricia's lawn space aliens undoubtedly and being polite pretends to care and listen This interesting conversation must end soon or she'll keel over at last the bed Next day Tricia can figure out what to do with the rest of her life then the aliens land in the back yardThree thin green figures come down from their small craft Grebulons on a reconnaissance mission would she like to visit them on Rupert Persephone ? Let me think the elusive Planet X in the solar system which astronomers have sought for many years the tenth planet counted in this world mighty little Pluto restored to its proper place in the cosmos Before departing the unexpected guests deny kidnapping Elvis they like him The greatest story of all time slowly falls apart like everything else these creatures can't remember who they are what they're supposed to do where the invaders came from not even their own names eons have gone by during this epic voyage since the ship developed computer problems On the frozen bizarre planet Rupert the distant Sun is just another remote cold weak light in the dark sky with structures in a cave which look like a set from a cheap science fiction film The Grebulons a name unknown to these space travelers like watching television persistently from Earth copying all Tricia's camera shall produce fuzzy pictures back home she will be laughed at if the video is seen by anyoneFord Prefect also has no luck the Guide is under a different management the new editor wants MrPrefect to write a restaurant column how degrading He uickly jumps out a window of the Guide's building on one of the top floors having noticed the bosses are evil Vogons He'll think of something going down to save his hide Ford sincerely hopes Passing the 17th level his life too goes by in his jumbled mind a happy robot this time prevents the descending man from a bad very sudden stopMeanwhile Mr Arthur Dent's spaceliner crashes on a primitive planet Lamuela yet he's still alive The only survivor takes up a new profession would you believe Sandwich Maker Adored by the natives a gift from the gods such skill with his hands nobody here could think of putting meat from Perfectly Normal Beasts don't ask and whatever else between two pieces of bread Arthur is finally content a job that he is good at But this universe cannot let people be content TrillianTricia arrives hands him his unknown daughter Random she says and hastily leaves a product of his Thus Arthur's need for monetary funds depositing much in institutions around the galaxy and paid uite well for his good seed Random hates MrDent of course the same emotion prevails towards her mother and is not that crazy either with all the other universes a typical teenage daughter Mr Arthur Dent will now fully experience the essence of what being a father entails may God have mercy on his soulA lesser Hitchhiker's Guide bookhowever who can resistnot I

  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    Out of all the Hitchhiker's Gude to the Galaxy books I think I must digress and say that 'Mostly Harmless' does not in fact refer to the Earth but to itselfThe book is mostly harmless except when it isn't In fact it isn't mostly harmless at allThere are many humorous passages and lots of uirky zingers and a sensation of the penultimate plotless surreality of life the universe and everything but like LIFE itself it just feels like an accumulation of STUFF THAT HAPPENS Trying to find out the great uestion to the answer to the universe has mostly derailed in service to living a bit of life and trying to get a little enjoyment out of it before we die which sounds suspiciously like what we all doCOME ON WHO WANTS TO READ ABOUT THAT???But then seeing where an alternate universe Trillian winds up and watching Ford confront the corporate mega annoyance of the publishing industry around The Guide does have it's bright points but let's face it Arthur's daughter is a REAL PAIN IN THE RANDOM Seriously the whole book goes just south of a Vogon Poetry Reading after that point It's almost like we're reading a tragedy but we don't really want to admit to it We'll order room service and buy New Zealand but that's just a funny bit to cover up for the fact that LIFE HAS IT IN FOR USIf this book wasn't so accurate in its hilarity I might want to take a boot to its posterior Mostly Harmless my

  5. Joe Joe says:

    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' A sub set of literature fans didn't appreciate this and launched an extensive campaign to rectify the situation They argued that Mostly Harmless wasn't a lazy cash grab or evidence that Adams simply wanted to put the series to bed or at least that it was than just those things So while most agreed that Mostly Harmless paled when compared to its predecessors they still felt that it had several funny bits and featured a distinctly sad perspective They wrote impassioned essays about the book's themes; waxing elouent about the search for purpose and the inevitability of fate One particularly poignant contribution discussed how much of the novel felt like the beginning of a brand new adventure a brand new series which made the sudden finality of the ending feel especially soul crushing And after many years of protest and tasteless #harmlesslivesmatter jokes they finally convinced the Galactica editors to expand the article From thence on the book on Mostly Harmless reads 'Mostly pointless' Edited 2142020

  6. Evan Leach Evan Leach says:

    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 Just as he begins to grow accustomed to his new role in the universe Trillian and then Ford show up to pull Arthur back into their chaotic adventures Ford has discovered a plot that puts not just the Guide but the universe itself at risk and once again a reluctant Arthur is pulled along for the ride The book has two problems The first is that it simply isn’t as laugh out loud funny as the first three Hitchhiker books Series staples like Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android are nowhere to be found and Trillian plays a relatively minor if complicated role I think that part of what makes the first two books so hysterical is the interplay between all of these larger than life characters including Ford and the bewildered Arthur Like a sitcom with a great cast it’s at it’s best when all the key players are together The comedy slips a bit in book three when the characters begin to drift apart and by the fourth entry some of the regulars are beginning to disappear entirely But in book four Adams shifts the story from intergalactic mayhem to a relatively conventional love story Unexpectedly sweet the fourth book is able to alleviate the pain of losing the Zaphods of the galaxy by telling a different kind of taleBut very little is sweet about this book which brings us to problem number two Mostly Harmless is kind of a downer Adams was apparently going through some personal problems when he wrote this and described it as “a rather bleak book” He expressed interest in writing a sixth novel to finish the series on a upbeat note but died before he had the opportunity We are left with a somewhat sad ending to a great series particularly view spoiler the grim fatalistic conclusion hide spoiler

  7. sj sj says:

    Randal Which did you like better? Jedi or The Empire Strikes Back?Dante EmpireRandal BlasphemyDante 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

  8. Maricarmen Estrada M Maricarmen Estrada M says:

    Brilliant I don’t know if I was just into the right mood or what but this last book of The Hitchhiker’s Guide series made me laugh so much It was hilarious The ending was perhaps too abrupt for me and I’m still not sure if I liked it or not so I was about to give 4 stars But all the funny dialogues and situations throughout the book made definitely the 5 stars worth I’m sure I will reread the whole series sometime they just put me in such a good mood I love the so British witty humor of Douglas the science the simple and at the same time twisted situations the craziness of everything but rooted in the most logical reasonings If you’re into any of these please grab all five books and begin with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and enjoy

  9. Nathan Mathews Nathan Mathews says:

    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 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

  10. Cecily Cecily says:

    Hitchhiker's volume 5There 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 your bag and other times when you do It had yet to teach her to distinguish between the two types of occasion The messages that one part of her brain was busy sending to another were not necessarily arriving on time or the right way up For something she hadn't expected it wasn't going the way she expected Maximegalon Institute of Slowly and Pointlessly Working out the Surprisingly Obvious The future is just the same old stuff in faster cars and smellier air It occupied the same co ordinates in space time as Earth What co ordinates it occupied in probability was anyone's guess The sun was uite bright but the day was hazy and vagueA common mistake when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools Her mood swings were very unpredictable but so far they'd all been between different types of bad ones She had been sent as a test of his faith if not his patience AmEx gave cards exclusively to just about anybody about three other customers it was not the kind of place that you felt like being that specific in The possible continually interfered with the probableBrief summary and favourite uotes from the other four of the five books as followsHitchhiker's Guide vol 1 at the End of Universe vol 2 the Universe and Everything vol 3 Long and Thanks for all the Fish vol 4 Another Thingvol 6 by Eoin Colfer

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