The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

April 9, 2016

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1. Author: Douglas Adams.

Summary:

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers.

My Thoughts:

A cynical-yet-fluffy (have you ever read another book that can be described that way?) sci-fi parody. Good for when you want something light to laugh at, or just want to chill. It’s quite humorous in parts, and completely ridiculous in every part. It has a constantly off-handed feel, and so can pull off what would be cliché and annoying in any another book with an edge of humor, and has some clever parodies, just before devolving into randomness again.
I find that one can only enjoy so much Douglas Adams at a time, however, before one begins to lose patience with the lack of plot or rhyme or reason.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Sass is defined as: know, be aware off, meet, have sex with. Character states that an alien species has as much sex appeal as roadkill. In a quoted Guide entry the “triple-breasted whore of EroticonG” is mentioned. Description of a feeling of confusion a character has: “He had an odd feeling of being like a man in the act of adultery when the woman’s husband wanders into the room, changes his trousers, passes a few idle remarks about the weather and leaves again.” Characters are in an illusory world; five hundred entirely naked women drop out of the sky, then vanish.

Language: 12 hell, 8 bloody, 2 d***, 2 scatological terms and 2 derogatory names.

Violence: In general, there are no details; there are one or two disturbing images. Computer commits suicide. Characters knocked out by blow to head. Seven three-foot scientists asphyxiate in space. Earth is destroyed. One spermwhale falls out of the sky and dies.

Other: A couple instances of adults being drunk/ description of a drinking game.

Book Two, Book Three, Book Four, Book Five

One Comment

  • Jeremy Holmes April 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    “I find that one can only enjoy so much Douglas Adams at a time, however, before one begins to lose patience with the lack of plot or rhyme or reason.” My experience exactly.

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