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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhikers Guide Book 2)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhikers Guide Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Adams
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The classic comic science fiction masterpiece with a new introduction by Mitch Benn.

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When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains - "Where shall we have dinner?"

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.


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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average meal out 25 Oct 2009
I can now confirm that whatever version of The Hitchhiker's Guide that appears in my head it's not the books. I think I've deluded myself that after a 16 plus years gap that I'd actually read them rather than had a mangled version of half listened too radio plays and TV series with a little new film mixed in. So after getting over that I found The Restaurant at the End of the Universe quite familiar but also very refreshing.

Beyond the two key moments of the book, one that involves the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, there is a weaving of something bigger that involves Zaphod and his brains, which might hopefully explains why he stole the spaceship Heart of Gold in the first place.

As I'm book two and still on familiar territory I'm getting the feeling that for Adams plot wasn't the important factor, as you could boil it down those two main set pieces, but more the language and the playing with humanity and our view of ourselves.

The humour and there are lot of funny moments at times comes from how stupid we are. We being everyone in galaxy it seems. Though saying that we're not important and you realise that when you read The Guide's entry on The Universe - some information to help you live in it. Boiling down to it's vast so vast in fact that anything in it so small that it's not worth mentioning. So nothing anyone does is very important.

But what they do is fascinating especially the way that Adams writes it. Not only has he given us a great cast in Arthur, Trillian, Ford, Zaphod and Marvin he's placed them in some in some bizarre and mind altering situations and seeing how they cope. And Arthur's request for a cup of Tea at the beginning is so not the answer to anything.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster 14 Dec 2002
Format:School & Library Binding
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe begins where The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy left off, only Zaphod Beeblebrox's idea of stopping for dinner at the aforementioned restaurant is delayed a bit (or an incredibly long bit, depending on your upcoming temporal location). Having escaped the legendary planet Magrathea without having been killed by intergalactic policemen or, in the case of Arthur Dent, having his brain slicked up and studied for the inherent Question of the Life, the Universe, and Everything which is undoubtedly hardwired into it somewhere, the hoopiest cast of space travelers in the galaxy thought their troubles were over, or at least greatly lessened. They were completely wrong. The Vogon ship that destroyed the earth shows up to destroy the last two remnants of that now-dead world, namely Arthur Dent and Trillian McMillian. Unfortunately, Arthur's increasingly strident demands for a cup of real tea have the entire computer system on board the Heart of Gold focused on that task rather than anything as silly as escaping imminent destruction. This is just the beginning of this particular set of adventures. Other highlights include a visit by Zaphod's dead great-grandfather, a night of drinks and food at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Zaphod's experience inside the universally-feared Total Perspective Vortex, a trip in the mega-rock band Danger Area's stunt ship into a sun, a meeting with the real Ruler of the Universe, and a return trip to the Earth-sort of.
Nobody crams as much comedy per page as Douglas Adams. While The Restaurant at the End of the Universe isn't quite as amazing as its predecessor, this is only because its predecessor was so amazingly original and different from everything that came before it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
Having escaped Earth shortly before it's destruction, Arthur Dent finds himself travelling in the company of the work-dodging journalist Ford Prefect, the insane adventurer Zaphon Beeblebrox, Tricia Macmillan (aka Trillian) a girl he met at a party and the morbidly depressed robot Marvin. Together they pull up a seat in the establishment of the title and prepare to watch the destruction of the universe.
More of the same from Adams, with wonderfully twisted logic combines with the insightfully witty entries in the Guide to provide alot of clever ideas and more clever humour. As always, Arthur's slightly bemused take on the events of his life add a tone to the story that rings amusingly true for a fellow Englishman. By now we all know that the answer to the Ultimate Question About Life, The Universe And Everything is 42. In this book (in another wonderful twist of logic) we discover that though the answer is correct, the question itself is wrong. Best of all is when Arthur and Ford find themselves on a spaceship full of insufferable middlemen, beauraucrats and hair dressers, who turn out to be the founders of the human race.
I found that Adams' disposal of the supporting cast was a bit casual and poorly explained. Also, the description of the Restaurant is pretty nausating (but that's probably intentional).
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This book should be read after the "The hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", due to the fact that “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” starts where the previously mentioned book ends. That is, with the two survivors to the Earth´s destruction, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, traveling along Trillian, Marvin the robot and Zaphod Beeblebrox in the “Heart of gold”, a stolen Improbability Drive ship.
If you read this book, you will go along with our friends in their adventures, for example when they visit Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, or when they escape certain destruction in a stuntship used by rockstars. You will also learn the real meaning of “dying for a cup of tea”, and have a chance to eat meat that wants to be eaten. Of course, Marvin will continue giving you lessons in pessimism, and Zaphod will go on being “so weird that he should be in movies”.
I liked this book, but I didn´t love it nearly as much as "The hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". What is more, “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” doesn´t have a clear ending, and I find some fault in that. Of course, I am more than ready to read the next book in the series, but that is not the point.
On the whole, I don´t recommend “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” to those that haven´t read "The hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", due to the fact that they won´t enjoy it so much. Notwithstanding that, I do recommend this book as entertaining reading material for those already addicted to Douglas Adams quirky sense of humour. It is not perfect, but it is more than good enough to enjoy :)
Belen Alcat
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