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Mostly Harmless: 5 (Hitchhikers Guide 5) [Paperback]

Douglas Adams
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1 Sep 2009 Hitchhikers Guide 5 (Book 5)

Thirty years of celebrating the comic genius of Douglas Adams…

Arthur Dent hadn't had a day as bad as this since the Earth had been blown up.

Depressed and alone, Arthur finally settles on the small planet Lamuella and becomes a sandwich maker. Looking forward to a quiet life, his plans are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter.

There’s nothing worse than a frustrated teenager with a copy of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in their hands. When she runs away – Arthur goes after her determined to save her from the horrors of the universe.

After all – he’s encountered most of them before…


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033050858X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330508582
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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"Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.... He is anything but harmless".-- The Washington Post Book World

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has, in what we laughingly call the past, a great deal to say on the subject of parallel universes. Very little of this is, however, at all comprehensible to anyone below the level of Advanced God, and since it is now well-established that all known gods came into existence a good three millionths of a second after the Universe began rather than, as they usually claimed, the previous week, they already have a great deal of explaining to do as it is, and are therefore not available for comment at this time . . . --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the other four 5 July 1999
By A Customer
After falling in love with the other four books of the series, you could do worse than to totally avoid the final installment. The overall feeling is of a novel which has been rushed out to meet a publishing deadline. I personally felt that the ending was so flimsy that it was an insult to anyone who had spent time reading the rest of the series. MOSTLY UNIMPRESSED.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
This book is quite different from the other four in the Universe's only five-part "trilogy". Once again, you need to have read the whole series to appreciate it, but there's a lot that's not there in this supposed final book.
More like a set of short stories about Arthur Dent, Trillian and Ford Prefect, the greater part of the book is hugely entertaining and wonderfully witty, but for the first time, all the ends aren't tied up in the last chapter or so.
Unsatisfactorily sucked into the black hole of oblivion are Zaphod and Fenchurch, but the story is saved largely by the misadventures of our heroes, and the introduction of the perpetually happy robot, Colin.
It's full of knee-slapping slapstick, Mission Impossible type espionage, DNA donations and dandy sandwich making, but as a thrilling and grand finale it's a complete failure.
Refreshingly funny, but not satisfyingly wrapped-up.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one wraps it up quite nicely 9 Aug 2001
By A Customer
I agree that it may not be as funny as some of the other Hitchhiker books, but then again, books 3 & 4 (Life, The Universe... & So Long, and Thanks...) were already less funny than the first two, which both really stand out above the rest on the humor scale. Partly because of its sheer random plotless road-movie style.
To me, books 3 & 4 were the ones that suffered from lack of plot/satisfying ending. Especially So Long and Thanks... was, though quite funny at times, rather a disappointment in the end, though it started off very well, a bit in the style of the Dirk Gently novels. He might have apologised for the inconvenience indeed.
As it is, it seems to me that, steering further away from the absurd humor that inhabited the beginning of the series, Adams tried to write out a good plot (a bit like with the Dirk Gently novels) that would satisfyingly wrap up the whole series - tricky, but could he do it? Yes, definitely yes. I can readily say that the "trilogy" wouldn't have been complete without it! It is a pity that he didn't hold onto the meandering nutter-style. Note that the book chapters switch very orderly between Trillian/Arthur/Ford, as do most of the more conventional novels. That's because here, he's more interested in creating a mystery with suspense and tension, rather than following in the footsteps of Monty Python. That is, the general plot here still makes absolutely no real sense (though everything fits in the end), but there are not much absurdities in the story itself, and the dialogues are less important and contain less unforgettable oneliners - DA concentrates on telling the story and finishing it.
Maybe Adams was better (and probably unique) at being an heir to Python rather than being a detective/mystery novelist.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly funny, but rather grim in the end 24 Dec 2002
It is impossible not to have some mixed feelings about this novel. It does stand as a return to the wild frivolity and cuttingly biting humor of the first three books, yet it is certainly less than upbeat, all things considered. Despite all kinds of evidence to the contrary, I always had the feeling that things would work out, even for poor Arthur Dent—the universe might not make a bit of sense, of course, but these characters I love so much would ultimately at least find a sense of peace if not happiness in some forgotten corner of the cosmos. It’s something of a downer to find out this is not really the case. Two characters who very much made up the heart of the series for me, Marvin and Zaphod, are not even present in these pages. Then you have Fenchurch from the fourth book, a character I really came to love, thrown out of the saga like so much spoiled Perfectly Normal Beast meat. It’s nice to have Trillian back, albeit in a couple of transdimensional forms, as well as Ford and Arthur, but it’s hard to say who the story is really about. Arthur’s new life as a Sandwich Maker on a remote planet his ship crashed on is rather pitiful but totally Dent-like. Ford’s attempts to undo the tragic consequences of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy company having been taken over by unscrupulous business men is interesting. The introduction of a Tricia McMillan who did not leave the party with Zaphod because she decided to go back for her handbag ends up just muddying the waters of the fictional time stream. Then there is Random, the biological daughter of Arthur Dent by Trillian; she is even more mixed up and generally confused about life than the father she only meets as a teenager dumped by her too-busy mother. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Harmless..... 12 Jun 2003
In the fifth, and final, book of the Hitchhiker trilogy Adams leaves the reader feeling satisfied, but at the same time rather empty. Plot never being a key factor in Adams' novels, Mostly Harmless carries on the trend in fine style. Not that this has a major effect on the enjoyment of the book, but it can be at times a little confusing.
A promising mysterious start pales into insignificance as the book progresses and the introduction of the unknown ship is bordering on irrelevance. A few chapters into the book we are reintroduced to Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect but any others characters seem to have only a small role to play or have been completely forgotten.
Although the ending is wrapped up nicely a few major issues are left unresolved, such as the disappearance of Fenchurch and the whereabouts of Zaphod, but the clean wit and the unrivalled ability to make any situation seem interesting or obscure hold the book together well and overall make the book an enjoyable read. Interestingly the book is fully summed up the character Random and the title Mostly Harmless.
I would say a book for the more dedicated fans, who maybe appreciate the writing style more than any kind of structure or plot, but sure to make you laugh at some point otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect sequel/prequel whatever it is! If you're a fan of the Guide, you'll love it
Published 20 days ago by The Cool Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Harmless
This book is timeless and a fitting end or not to the life and times of Arthur Dent. Pure quality.
Published 2 months ago by Si
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably best to stop at the end of book 4
I enjoyed all the hitch-hiker books up until number 4 but reading Mostly Harmless rather took the shine off the series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Manilo
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright, but not as good as the others
It's still Douglas Adams. It's still Arthur Dent. It's still Hitchhikers guide. But... it's missing something. It just seems the others were a bit more put together. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rui Pedro Lopes de Azevedo
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible end to an incredible series.
A final and definite ending to the series, and through all of its randomness it all ties in perfectly at the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Read a few times. The more I read the stores, the more I think Adams was a genius. If you think about work and every day situations, the quirky aliens remind more of real life... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. J. Conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
perfect for both adults and kids, would recommend to anyone who likes a good comedy. love douglas adams writing style.
Published 10 months ago by By Me
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book by awesome author, recommend by all means
Go to hell amazon with the stupid minimum word limit system
Published 11 months ago by Martin Holeysovskı
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably OK
I've really enjoyed the Hitchhikers series, and this was a pleasant enough end to the 'trilogy'. It doesn't even come close to the brilliance of the earlier books, which is why it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stressed Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was a great end to a brilliant set of books I thoroughly enjoyed it best one in the series
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