No only are you missing all the events, I am finding it hard to find you on my favourites list as you are normally at the top but are now only half way up.
Well it was the Beatles that recorded when I am 64!
I think they were around well before that happened.
Ahh man, as if missing MTBO wasn't bad enough - I've just been reading this sci-fi book as part of a trilogy and got to the last chapter only to realise I read the last book first. What a knob. Now I've ruined the whole series. This is what happens when publishers don't write "Book 1 of the epic series" or similar on the books. Probably explains why it took me half of the book to have any idea of what was going on.
then you get someone like Douglas Adams that doesn't worry about stopping at the 3rd book in a trilogy
Well I've given up on that series now. I couldn't bear to start over from the first book so instead I'm rereading the bilogy immediately preceding it (well actually it's set 1200 years before but has some of the same (human) characters).