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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The author plays with language and expectations within the story.
Be prepared and stay calm during intergalactic emergencies.
Violence & Scariness
A ray gun battle with two deaths: A whale falls out of the sky and is smashed; two people are cast out into space but survive.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Funny sexual innuendo and commentary. For example, references to "Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six" and "the Best Bang since the Big One."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several comic references to drinking and drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that along with dry, offbeat humor, the Douglas Adams classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a deeply complex space adventure that raises issues of materialism, the nature of existence, the role of bureaucracy, and more. When galactic researcher Ford Prefect rescues Englishman Arthur Dent just as Earth is destroyed to make way for an intergalactic freeway, they start on an absurd adventure to survive. The British humor and references will likely go over the heads of young readers, but there are plenty of silly gags and bizarre escapades to keep readers of all ages entertained. The book was adapted for a 2005 film version.
Is It Any Good?
Combining complex musings on life's purpose and society's structure, this witty, entertaining science fiction adventure is great for fans of snarky British humor. Parts of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will go over the heads of younger readers, but this pioneering classic is an introduction to the genre of British sci-fi humor. Despite the drinking and innuendo, the humor is intellectual and verbal rather than based on pratfalls and potty jokes. Still, there's lots of silliness opposite life-threatening moments.
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