Mark’s #48 – Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (240 Pages)

Mostly Harmless represents the fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker trilogy.  If you have never availed your to the wacky wit and humor of Douglas Adams, then you’re missing out – do yourself a favor and at least read the first book.

This book is the conclusion to the series.  Once again I enjoyed the randomness and uproarious look at the universe, space travel, sandwich making, and reverse temporal engineering in the book.

I have no capacity to capture what a Douglas Adams book is like in my own words, so I’ll leave you with a few quotes from the book:

“He was also firmly and utterly opposed to all and any forms of cruelty to any animals whatsoever except geese.”

“He swung with his hammer and hit his thumb rather hard.  He started to speak in tongues.”

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

“The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.”

“Have faith,” Old Thrashbarg said, “or burn!”

“He performed some elaborate sign and ritual handshake which Arthur couldn’t quite get the hand of because Old Thrashbarg had obviously made it up on the spur of the moment, the he pushed Arthur forward.”

“He looked up at the sky, which was sullen, streaked and livid, and reflected that it was the sort of sky that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse wouldn’t feel like a bunch of complete idiots riding out of.”

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