Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
In the fifth volume of the Hitchhiker series, Random, the daughter of Arthur Dent, leaves her remote home planet on the edge of the universe to set out on an cross-galactic odyssey in search of her ancestors' native planet. 150,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
It's very easy to get a little disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished in a misunderstanding about the nature of space-time, the spaceship you are on crashes in flames on a remote and Bob-fearing planet and all you have to fall back on are 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 loose.
Hell takes a number of forms: there is 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 which behaves in an altogether more mysterious, sinister and airborn manner, and a totally unexpected hell that arrives in the form of a teenage girl who utterly startles Arthur Dent by being his daughter when he didn't even know he had one.
Much as Arthur would love to stay in his rural sandwich-making idyll, he is forced to set off on his travels once again, this time on the back of a mysterious Perfectly Normal Beast. Can he save the Earth from total destruction throughout all dimensional probabilities? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save the Grebulons from completely myopic junked-up idiocy? Can he save his daughter Random from herself?
Of course not. He never even works out what is going on, exactly.
Will you?
Mostly Harmless: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Part Five: The book that gives a whole new meaning to the world trilogy.

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& Taylor

Raised on a planet at the remote edge of the universe, the daughter of Arthur Dent sets out on a transgalactic quest to find the planet of her ancestors

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780517577400
0517577402
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm

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alex_373
Aug 23, 2017

This was an okay book, just not nearly as good as the other four in the series. The story left me confused at times and the ending was unsatisfying, but overall it wasn't bad.

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baldand
Apr 10, 2016

As Arthur Dent himself complains, this parallel universe stuff is confusing. In the last novel of this series the Earth has been destroyed by Vogons but it is still there, or at least some of the time. Trillian is still around, but so is Trish McMillan, who in the parallel universe has not left a party with Zaphod Beeblebrox, to her constant regret. So logically one would think that instead her romance with Arthur Dent would have bloomed, but this isn’t even broached as an alternative. Fenwich, with whom Arthur was romantically linked at the end of the fourth book, apparently has disappeared from Arthur’s life in a strange and unconvincing manner, just as Mella is disposed of at the beginning of the third novel. Arthur doesn’t have a child with Trish, as one might have thought, but with Trillian, and only as an unknown (to him) sperm donor. Random, their daughter, isn’t really raised by her mother, and she rejects her father. Surely this kind of narrative pattern goes beyond a writer’s form of Attention Deficit Disorder, and betrays a deep and unhealthy pessimism on the part of the author about human relations.

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Bearskito
Feb 13, 2015

Easily the most disappointing book in the series, but still worth reading. It has several connected plot lines, but suffered from a terrible ending and the absence of several characters. That being said, it has a lot going for it, too - continuing the saga of why the earth is back in existence that started in So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish, the return of the Vogons, Arthur as the sandwich-maker, Random Dent (a severely underused character), 2 Trillians, and one of the best throwaway jokes of the entire series - The King. Not nearly as good as the first 4, but still not bad.

Funny and ironic, just read it!

jdneochi Nov 21, 2010

Douglas Adams wrote this book.

Need I say more?

Okay, okay, If you really must know, Douglas Adams may have been under the influence of Aliens when he wrote this book. After all, he predicted some of the technology we are just now beginning to see in real life. For example, one of the characters has a watch which she uses to watch tv on. Ever seen the new ipod nano? Yep, it can be worn as a watch.

Back to the book. The Guide offices have been taken over but by who? Ford Prefect aims to find out who the mystery beings are behind the acquisition of the Guide. And his quest leads him to the sinister truth: Vogons.

But what do the Vogons have planned? Why the Guide? And what exactly happened to Arthur Dent? And more importantly, what has Trillian been up to?

Like a perfectly made sandwhich, this story is made to satisfy. And speaking of sandwhiches, I think I will go acquire one.

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