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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756948150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756948153
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,342,033 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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With additional material and a foreword by Dirk Maggs --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 1999
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 8 April 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 9 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Jun. 2003
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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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By S. Shamma on 4 April 2013
Format: Paperback
I am so mad at how the series ended. I'm so mad at this book, I almost wish I hadn't read it.

I felt it was a complete waste of this series, of Adams brilliance, and of my time. There were so many elements in this book that frustrated me to no end. The biggest being, why devote an ENTIRE book on Fenchurch, someone who I thought became an integral character, if you were going to off her in the next book? She doesn't even make an appearance, she's just mentioned in passing. Seriously? To end So Long on such a high and meaningful note, only to destroy all that in the next book. It's really just kinda sad.

And Zaphod, where the hell is he? I mean, he was one of the most important and key characters in this series. I felt like there was still so much to be revealed about him, so many unanswered questions, so much development yet to happen. And what of his connection with Trillian/Tracy? I mean, one Trillian was enough, but now I had to read about two different ones? One more annoying than the other.

Trillian had a lot of potential as a character, and yet in this book, both versions of her are portrayed as conceited and narcissistic. Very unlikeable. Arthur was as boring as ever. In fact, this whole book was boring. I had breezed through all previous books, and yet this one took me ages to get through.

There was no humour, no cleverness, it was like Adams has lost the will to write by the time he reached this book. I did read that Adams was at the lowest points of his life when writing this book, and I suppose that reflects in the way it's turned out. I also read that he had called this book "bleak", and I completely agree with that description.

I'm just frustrated that this series wrapped up the way it had.
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