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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy � Part 2, 23 May 2005
This review is from: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy) (Paperback)
While later additions to the series can be read on a take them or leave them basis, it's really rather pointless to separate The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy from The Restaurant At The End of the Universe, as the two books seem to form the two halves of one longer story. As such this sequel finally wraps up all the mysterious clues left about Zaphod Beeblebrox's past brain surgery and his reason for stealing the Heart of Gold in the first place, and we finally get the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything - or at least as close as we are going to get thanks to a brilliant twist ending that sees the whole history of life on Earth upset 2 million years in the past. The Hitchhikers Guide itself start to play a larger role than just a framing device thanks to the novel starting with a trip to their publishing offices, and it's interesting to note just how much of this novel is dominated by Zaphod Beeblebrox - it's only really in the last third of the novel after they are all separated that Arthur Dent steps out of the shadows. In effect 3 excellent concepts crammed together - Zaphod's quest for the ruler of the universe, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe itself, and the Golgafringan ark - this novel lives up to the brilliance of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and satisfyingly wraps up the tale. The later novels are fun, but to all intents and purposes this book completes the tale.
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