The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Book - 2009 | Del Rey trade paperback edition.
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Overview: Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat, as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability. Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a long-time friend and expert contributor to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food speaks for itself (literally). Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that The Hitchhiker's Guide deleted the term "Future Perfect" from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!
Publisher: New York, New York : Del Rey, Ballantine Books, 2009.
Edition: Del Rey trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9780345418920
0345418921
Branch Call Number: FIC ADAMS
Characteristics: 250 pages ; 21 cm

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Dlbrownlow
Nov 06, 2018

Great, random book. Audiobook was great.

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arunothia
Apr 20, 2018

How can I possibly like something as random and insane like The Restaurant at the End of the Universe :P? It really puzzles me how I love this writing. The utter nonsense presented as if it has some profound meaning hidden to it, in essence explains our life I guess. Wait, that actually makes this book deep doesn't it?

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Nymeria23
Aug 19, 2017

A really weird but oddly charming book, just like the one before it. There's really no way to predict where the story is about to go which is part of the fun. This funny sequel was an enjoyable read and I did enjoy it. I don't think I would read it again or that it was the most impactful book I've ever read but I really did like it.

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bjohn268
Aug 08, 2017

Good listen. Not as entertaining as the first Guide book. But a good continuation of the saga. Read by Martian Freeman, AKA Arthur from the Hitchhiker movie. I really want to continue with the rest of the books now.

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burgundy_frog_1
Jan 16, 2016

<3

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baldand
Dec 29, 2015

Just previous to reading this wonderfully witty book I was engaged in the fruitless exercise of trying to get TVO’s The Agenda to correct the errors in their charts of budget balances in their “Deficits: Past, Present and Future” episode of October 9, 2015. I was told repeatedly, against all logic, that there was no need to change anything as their charts were accurate. It reminded me of the notice regarding “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” to be found in this book (see p. 30), which was given to litigants intent on suing the book’s publisher for damages incurred due to inaccuracies in the book: “This was the gist of the note. It said, ‘The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.’”
The second volume of a trilogy is often the weakest link. (Think of Nino Ricci’s “In a Glass House”, the second volume of his trilogy that started with “Lives of the Saints”.) But here the second volume is if anything even stronger than the first. Perhaps it is because it is the second volume of a trilogy in five parts!

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

Every bit as clever and humorous as the first book.

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aliceinoz
Dec 12, 2014

Not as good as Hitchhiker's Guide but still entertaining.

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acej
May 18, 2013

This sequel continues the oddities of the Universe through they eyes of our beloved whack-a-doodle characters and brings us to the brink of the great End, and sells us one way tickets to absolute enjoyable absurdity. Marvin is by far the funniest and sometimes even "familiar" character like myself and I believe if you've got your towel still ready, and soaked in lemon juice then continue on the insane ride through a unique perspective of the Known, and Unknown Universe.

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KeitaWolf
Jan 29, 2013

Not nearly as entertaining as the first, and somewhat of a narration let down after the Stephen Fry version of Hitchhiker's Guide (which was amazing!), but still a very entertaining book. True to form Adams keeps you thinking and laughing throughout the entire text.

A worthwhile listen to continue the adventures of Book 1, but not something I would revisit again.

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“My universe is my eyes and my ears. Anything else is hearsay.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“Life is wasted on the living.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

Picking up from the end of the first book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur, Marvin, Ford, Trillian, and Zaphod are aboard the Heart of Gold heading for the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. However, almost immediately they find themselves under attack by Captain Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council (yes, the same one that oversaw the demolition of Earth) and his Vogon crew. Ford, Trillian, and Zaphod try to fly the Heart of Gold away from the Vogon ship, but their ship's computer is jammed because Arthur asked the Nutri-Matic machine for a cup of tea (long story). Facing imminent doom, the crew performs a séance and calls Zaphod’s great-grandfather. Zaphod’s great-grandfather miraculously saves them from death at the hands of Vogons, but teleports Zaphod to find a “Zarniwoop” and the ruler of the Universe. From there things only get crazier. Will anyone be able to find the question to the ultimate answer (42)?

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