Adams-Douglas, Fiction, Science Fiction

The Earth is still Mostly Harmless

The Earth is still Mostly Harmless was originally published on One-elevenbooks

Adams-Douglas, Fiction, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction, Social Commentary

# 36 Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams

This is the fifth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series. At first I had a hard time understanding what in the world was going on.

The book opens with Tricia or Trillian on Earth working as a news anchor. I was like, “Wait a minute how is this going on?” It was kind of like reading an episode of Lost.

So it turns out the explanation is that there are parallel universes and time goes this way and that way, yes, exactly like Lost.

Tricia is contacted by some aliens, who don’t know who they are. She tries to get a news scoop on them, but can’t for some reason.

Arthur has been on several planets and eventually crashed on one. He was the only survivor because he actually read the safety material when he got on his flight. He decided to live on the planet he crashed on. The previous planet he lived on had people who looked like Arthur, but they never breathed and never hoped for anything.

Arthur became the village sandwich maker on his new planet. One day Trillian shows up, not Tricia, but Trillian shows up, and evidently not the same Trillian that went off with Zaphod. By the way Fenchurch disappeared. Adams kind of killed her off. I liked her though. Oh well.

Anyways Trillian shows up and brings a teenage girl with her. She tells Arthur that the girl is his daughter and she is leaving her with him. Arthur is kind of perplexed, but previously he had taken up the habit of selling bodily fluids in order to get money to travel. Trillian took herself to a sperm bank and ended up with Random, Random is the girl’s name don’t ask me why.

Random is sulky and throws rocks at people.

Meanwhile Ford Prefect has broken into the main office for the Guide. He soon finds out that the guide has been sold and the new owners have some major plans for the guide. Ford thinks it’s dangerous. So he steals the new guide and mails it to Arthur. Somehow Random gets a hold of it and ends up jetting off to Earth.

I didn’t really like this one as much as the other ones,  and I definitely didn’t like the ending. This book really had too much jumping around in it. Maybe if I read it again sometime I will change my mind.

What I liked: Although it was kind of confusing, I did like the addition of Random into the story line. I think her character could have been a good part of the series.

What I didn’t like: Some of the previous characters are completely gone. Marvin died in the last book, so no Marvin to hang around and be sulky. Zaphod was only mentioned in passing in this book. Well pined over by Tricia. Evidently in the parallel world that Tricia lives on, she didn’t go with Zaphod. She went back to get her bag and Zaphod left and she has been whining about it ever since.

The two characters Tricia and Trillian are kind of shadows of what Trillian was in the other books. At this point I have no idea how many Trillians and Tricias there are floating around in the universe. That is confusing. The book is still enjoyable in the absurd way, it’s just hard to follow.