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Yes. Mostly Harmless was excellent. Stavromula Beta should be enough to remind you of the ending, provided you remember how that is relevant.

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The name was a misheard version of Stavro Mueller, Beta. As in the club where Arthur meets the incarnation of the insect creature who was out for revenge. When he discovers that he has walked right into the situation he had been trying to avoid, a Vogon ship blows the earth out of the sky for a second time. The end.
Apperantly Eoin Colfer (author of Artemis Fowl) wrote a 6th book. Seems to be dragging it out a bit...
Oh gosh. The Guide is so good. Are you reading just he first one or the Ultimate Guide? I really loved having all of them in one place. So good.

I just read the first one. It was good. There were some moments that made me lol for real, which books don't often do. The part where God is like "that's a good point" and vanishes in a puff of logic was my favorite.
I really encourage you to read the rest of the stuff in the Ultimate Guide. It gets wild.

I am currently reading The Familiar Volume 2: Into the Forest. The series is great so far, and the building mystery is intriguing.
I'm never really in the middle of a book because I tend to read them in one sitting, so this is the list of what I've read this year so far.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

I'm currently avoiding reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and Swann's Way by Proust even though they are both sitting next to my bed.
I need to get back into the book I'm working on. It's a really interesting telling of WWI, but I haven't picked it up in a while for whatever reason.
Currently reading The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky should be required literature for high school.
Is there a particular reason why you think it would be well suited to being required reading?

And I think I’m going to give up on Rules of Civility as it is cringy trash so far. I’ll probably give up on the Proust as well because I just can’t be motivated to care at the moment.
Just finished up "Silently and Very Fast" by Catherynne Valente, who is rapidly becoming... Not, perhaps, among my favorite authors, but one of the authors I'm most interested in?

"Silently and Very Fast" is a short novel following an AI who is wholly integrated into the psyche of its human partner. The take on AI is different and unique compared to most I have seen; there's no pretense at being a normal human, but there's an exploration of childlike curiosity and desperate desire to be accepted. There's mimicry of humans, but without trying to become human; just to learn what being a person means. The AI, named Elefsis, has been passed down through the family through several generations. All on all, it's probably the surreal and ethereal exploration of AI I've seen in fiction, with a heavy emphasis on symbology and parable.
I finished reading Eternal by Israel Barbuzano (a while back). It’s a fantasy novel about a extremely unique afterlife and has a nice, subtle sense of humor. Definitely worth a look if you like this type of book. You can read a sneak peak of it here.
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