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21st Apr '16 1:07:21 AM PaulA
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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The series' phlebotinum runs entirely on RuleOfFunny. In this book, there's an anecdote about a race whose interstellar craft run on bad news, the only thing in the universe that travels faster than light. (Their ships don't work very well, and somehow nobody's ever pleased to see them.)
13th Feb '16 4:31:05 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* TookALevelInBadass: After spending the last four books only interested in his hedonistic lifestyle, Ford, with said hedonistic lifestyle threatened, manages to escape several security robots with [[NoodleImplements a towel and a shoe.]]
25th Apr '15 2:08:50 PM henry42
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* PlotArmor: Arthur Dent has it, and it's explicitly justified. [[spoiler:Remember Agrajag from ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''? The guy who kept getting reincarnated, and whom Arthur keeps accidentally killing? There's an incarnation of him that Arthur ''hadn't'' met at that point, and the narration explicitly states that until Arthur accidentally kills ''that'' incarnation of Agrajag, he literally cannot die. Which he does, at the end of this book, with his own death (and everyone else's) following by mere seconds.]]

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* PlotArmor: Arthur Dent has it, and it's explicitly justified. [[spoiler:Remember Remember Agrajag from ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''? The guy who kept getting reincarnated, and whom Arthur keeps accidentally killing? There's an incarnation of him that Arthur ''hadn't'' met at that point, and the narration explicitly states that until Arthur accidentally kills ''that'' incarnation of Agrajag, he literally cannot die. Which [[spoiler:Which he does, at the end of this book, with his own death (and everyone else's) following by mere seconds.]]
12th Jan '15 2:02:34 PM TheLyniezian
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* SickSadWorld: Now What, the most miserable planet in the Galaxy.
12th Jan '15 1:58:03 PM TheLyniezian
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* DarkerAndEdgier

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* DarkerAndEdgierDarkerAndEdgier: Than the previous books in the "trilogy".
12th Jan '15 1:56:59 PM TheLyniezian
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* CrapsackWorld: [=NowWhat=], an alternate Earth which Arthur visits on his travels. It's so bad that the ghastly smile on the president's picture is due to the fact he'd just shot himself, and every inhabitant has only one ambition: leave.
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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Random. Justified as her mother isn't really interested in raising her, and she's basically been dumped with her unsupecting father on boring backwater planet Lamuella.
20th Nov '14 11:17:16 AM LongLiveHumour
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'''''Mostly Harmless''''' (1992) is the fifth installment in the [[TrilogyCreep increasingly inaccurately-named]] ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' trilogy, and the last written by franchise creator DouglasAdams himself. Set several years after the fourth one, ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', its plot divides into three distinct branches. The first concerns the series protagonist, hapless Englishman Arthur Dent, as he tries to find a new, Earth-like home to settle down on after the unexpected erasure of his soul-mate, Fenchurch; he eventually builds a sort of life for himself as resident sandwich-maker for the primitive villagers on the planet Lamuella (but not for long).

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'''''Mostly Harmless''''' (1992) is the fifth installment in the [[TrilogyCreep increasingly inaccurately-named]] ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' trilogy, and the last written by franchise creator DouglasAdams Creator/DouglasAdams himself. Set several years after the fourth one, ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', its plot divides into three distinct branches. The first concerns the series protagonist, hapless Englishman Arthur Dent, as he tries to find a new, Earth-like home to settle down on after the unexpected erasure of his soul-mate, Fenchurch; he eventually builds a sort of life for himself as resident sandwich-maker for the primitive villagers on the planet Lamuella (but not for long).
11th Jan '14 1:28:54 PM StFan
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''Mostly Harmless'' (1992) is the fifth installment in the [[TrilogyCreep increasingly inaccurately-named]] ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' trilogy, and the last written by franchise creator DouglasAdams himself. Set several years after the fourth one, ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', its plot divides into three distinct branches. The first concerns the series protagonist, hapless Englishman Arthur Dent, as he tries to find a new, Earth-like home to settle down on after the unexpected erasure of his soul-mate, Fenchurch; he eventually builds a sort of life for himself as resident sandwich-maker for the primitive villagers on the planet Lamuella (but not for long).

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''Mostly Harmless'' '''''Mostly Harmless''''' (1992) is the fifth installment in the [[TrilogyCreep increasingly inaccurately-named]] ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' trilogy, and the last written by franchise creator DouglasAdams himself. Set several years after the fourth one, ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', its plot divides into three distinct branches. The first concerns the series protagonist, hapless Englishman Arthur Dent, as he tries to find a new, Earth-like home to settle down on after the unexpected erasure of his soul-mate, Fenchurch; he eventually builds a sort of life for himself as resident sandwich-maker for the primitive villagers on the planet Lamuella (but not for long).



Preceded by ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''. Succeeded by ''Literature/AndAnotherThing''. Has next to nothing to do with the Connecticut sketch comedy ''Series/MostlyHarmless'', but is definitely related to the ''Roleplay/MostlyHarmless'' Roleplay [[{{Livejournal}} LJ]] group.

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Preceded by ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''. Succeeded by ''Literature/AndAnotherThing''. Has next to nothing to do with the Connecticut sketch comedy ''Series/MostlyHarmless'', but is definitely related to the ''Roleplay/MostlyHarmless'' Roleplay [[{{Livejournal}} [[LiveJournal LJ]] group.group.



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16th Dec '13 7:59:42 AM jacktheriffer
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* CreatorBreakdown: Regarding the DownerEnding of ''Mostly Harmless'' and the [[FanonDisContinuity mixed reaction from fans,]] Adams conceded, "I just had a thoroughly miserable year, and I was trying to write a book against that background." He intended a sixth book to give the series a better conclusion, but succumbed to AuthorExistenceFailure first.



* InferredHolocaust: The destruction of "every Earth in every reality" and all their inhabitants sounds bad enough, but it's left to the reader to realize that that includes [=NowWhat=], [[ElvisHasLeftThePlanet the King]], and probably even [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1 the dolphins]]. ([=NowWhat=] may be a CrapsackWorld, but it puts a human face on those alternate Earths and shows just how diverse they were.)
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