While there are plenty of moments of comic brilliance, Most Harmless does have a bit of a disjointed feel overall.
I'll read most things, but my bias is towards Science Fiction and Fantasy novels.
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I did feel, with Life, the Universe and Everything, that the series was starting to lose it's way somewhat. With this book, though, Adams gets solidly back on track.
It's very different to what has gone before, and this is very much to the book's advantage. Arthur is more of a character this time around and there's visible plot.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is still very much a Hitchhiker's book, but it also demonstrates the value in a series taking the occasional left turn.
This is a lot funnier than I remembered and, if anything, even better that The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
It feels that Adams really hit his stride with this book and the absurdities that make his writing such a joy to read feel a lot more pointed and, consequently, a great deal more effective.
If someone is completely disassembled, and then perfectly reassembled with all (or most) of the same memories, are they the same person?
Mickey7 isn't the first book to try these sorts of questions, but it does handle them in an entertaining and very accesible manner. I would have liked a bit more depth but for what it is, this book is an enjoyable thriller with several nods to some interesting concepts.
That was... not great. The pacing of this novel is incredibly slow and this is not helped by the fact that the main characters continue to be stubbornly naive to the point of stupidity.
Admittedly, it does pick up a bit in last few chapters, but nowhere near enough to leave me in any rush whatsoever to start ploughing through the next book in the series.
This is very much a book of two parts. The second part, which deals with a dystopian future history makes for an interesting, and often surprisingly prescient, future history.
However, London spends the first half of the book detailing his opinions and this does get more than a little preachy at times.