Friday, April 28, 2006

mostly harmless

Tonight's insomnia diversion was reading Mostly Harmless, the final book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. I've owned it but hadn't gotten around to ever reading it because everyone said it was really bad. And, you know, when everybody says something, they're probably right. This is the fallacy behind the old parental challenge to peer pressure, "Well, if everybody jumped off the Empire State Building, would you?" Because, seriously, if everybody suddenly started traveling New York and cramming the stairwells and elevators of the Empire State Building in order to jump off it, I would want to know why, and I suspect the answer would make me strongly consider the idea myself. Anyway, Mostly Harmless sucked as bad as everyone said and more.


Anonymous said...

I think he wrote that one for the royalties.

Adams' best novel is easily Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

sarahliz said...

I think his best is Long Dark Teatime of the Soul but that's just me.

I didn't hate Mostly Harmless. I think I've probably read it twice since I've read everything else at least twice. But it definitely wasn't as good.