- Author Douglas Adams
In all honesty, I wasn’t that bothered about reading past the third book in this series. I had bought the full trilogy of five, however, and so for completeness sake, I wanted to keep on going. This fourth book is a bit different to the previous outings, with a lot of the story taking place on earth and a lot of it between human beings.
I couldn’t quite see where the story was going and felt like I was missing some significant point or other, but that wouldn’t surprise me.
I did like the ongoing epic coincidences that occur - Arthur losing her number, and then turning up at her house - and the bit with the guy who turned his house outside so that he wasn’t in the asylum. Confusing but fun, like most of Adams' work!
This wasn’t as off-putting as the third book was to me, but equally, I’m not sure it did anything to sell me on to the final book either. It felt very much like a filler, marking time until another idea finally emerged. Disappointing but dispatched easily enough to have very little influence on me in either direction.