Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #4. Author: Douglas Adams.
Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth’s dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on. . . . God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it’s light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new? (Goodreads summary)
Definitely of a lower quality than the first one. There’s a lot of time spent on Earth, some of it on an unnecessary, ‘adult’ romance line that doesn’t even make sense.
Sexual content: Character says her parents claim she was conceived in a ticket line – “You wouldn’t believe how bored it’s possible to get”. Some innuendo. Guide entry on a certain planet says the dragons that live there “perhaps by pheromones”, inspire people to “spend a busy, breathless night together” in the woods. Mention of the “triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six”. Two unmarried characters undress each other and engage in sexual intercourse.
Language: 11 bloody, 5 derogatory names, 5 d***, 3 scatological terms, 2 hell.