Mostly Harmless

April 23, 2016

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #5. Author: Douglas Adams.


It’s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished in a misunderstanding about space/time, the spaceship you are on crashes on a remote and Bob-fearing planet, and all you have to fall back on is a few simple sandwich-making skills. However, instead of being disheartened, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life a bit and, immediately, all hell breaks loose. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

So here you were, breezing through the series and laughing wildly, delighted to have found such a humorous series. Then you reached this book and began to slow down, churning through a swamp of new-found deepness and actual thought. But after the four preceding books, there was enough momentum left to slam into the ending like a brick wall.
Douglas Adams has finally taken the dark side of his story – the bleak outlook that says Life is truly random and means nothing – and carried out the promise started in the first book. It may have had deep inner meaning. I wouldn’t trust myself to judge, because I’m still traumatized.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Character mentions trading semen to DNA banks for traveling money. Woman shows up with a girl that she had by going to a semen bank for a donor when she wanted a child.

Language: 11 hell, 11 bloody, 14 d***, 3 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 derogatory term.

Violence: Nebulous, hard to define. None of it was gory.

Book One, Book Two, Book Three, Book Four

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