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Publisher's Note:

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: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we bor…

Overall Book Review:

The book to read at least once!

There are times when reading The Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy that the only thoughts in your mind will be simply, “What?” However, that is the beauty of this book. Douglas Adams combines the humor one would see in a Monty Python film and puts it into a wild and completely crazy travel through space and even time. Every page brings a smile to one’s face, and I found myself actually laughing at many points.
The trick here is to not take the book seriously, but to relax and let the story tell itself. It will not make sense if you do otherwise. If you allow yourself to not be serious for the short span of this book then you are in for one of the best well-written treats you may ever find. This is a book to pick up if you want a respite from the serious movies and novels that are so common and popular today. This is a book for those needing a laugh.  Regardless of whether the reader ultimately likes The Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy or not, this is a book that every person needs to read at least once in their life.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  9 religious exclamations; 16 mild obscenities; 2 scatological words; 1 anatomical term.
Violence/Gore:  Character has many violent thoughts for a short time; it is mentioned in the text how people will comically die; extended threats of comic violence; a character turns inside out in hyper-space; a comical story is told of creatures “intestines leaping straight up through the neck to throttle the brain”; a scene of comical torture; characters are threatened and thrown into space; character malform/transform while flying through space/time; a large animal falls and splatters on the ground; characters are knocked out by gasses; characters hear illusions of people getting murdered; characters talk about removing another character’s brain; a ship commits suicide.
Sex/Nudity:  A creature is referred to as “the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon 6”; a humorous mention of adultery; 500 Naked women drop from the sky and vanish.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, aliens, politics, planetary destruction.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Man wonders if he had alcohol the night before when he wakes with a hangover; one character is known to get “badly drunk”; alcohol is purchased; extended scenes of comical events while a man is drunk; a drinking game is explained in light detail; 2 men consume large amounts of alcohol as a “Muscle Relaxant”.

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