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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe It must be nice mused Ford Prefect thoughtfully to know what you're for I don't have the slightest idea what I'm for Most sentient beings don't But you he continued turning to Arthur and Trillian You know Part of finding the answer to the Ultimate uestion I'm sure that's comforting at times You mean the 42 business? asked Arthur What? asked Zaphod's left head incredulously while his right head rolled its eyes You mean you fell for that?The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons There is 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 bizarre and inexplicableThere is another theory which states that this has already happened Arthur Dent and his companions went through some bizarre and inexplicable adventures after the Earth got blown to bits by Vogons in the opening seuence of the series They were probably too close to making sense of their situation because Douglas Adams decided to turn it all around for the seuelIs is not an easy claim to make that the second Hitchhiker book is better than the previous one since there was nothing wrong with the first one Yet for various reasons I ended up reading it faster and enjoying it It may be the fact that there is actually a plot like searching for the ruler of the universe as opposed to searching for a philosophical answer to the ultimate uestion It may be that the jokes are better anchored in the actual story and feel less like an improvised skit It may be that most of the characters are already established and we get less exposition and action For me though I guess the main attraction is to discover Adams' hardcore nugget of humanism that holds it all together like the black hole at the center of our Galaxy Douglas Adams first points out to us how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things how tiny our problems are from the perspective of the Cosmos Once he got us well and truly scared he comes out with his guide to Life The Universe and Everything and puts on its cover the words Don't Panic We may not understand everything there is to know about these issues but we're alive we are gifted with reasoning and we might as well enjoy the ride The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infiniteley complex and confusing Universe for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters it does at least make the reassuring claim that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate In cases of major discrepancy it's always reality that's got it wrong While the main uest may be the search for the man who rules the universe there are enough mishaps and side uests to make the journey highly entertaining We make a visit to the main offices of the publishers of the Hitchiker Guide where my favorite scene describes an encounter with the artificial intelligence of a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter Not unnaturally many elevators imbued with intelligence and precognition became terribly frustrated with the mindless business of going up and down up and down experimented briefly with the notion of going sideways as a sort of existential protest demanded participation in the decision making process and finally took to suatting in basements sulkingAn impoverished hitchhiker visiting any planets in the Sirius star system these days can pick up easy money working as a counselor for neurotic elevators Marvin the Paranoid Android and this acrophobic elevator are a great reminder for me that intelligence has its shortcomings and needs to be balanced by other personality traits We accompany Zaphod on a forced visit to a penal planet where he is to be punished for stealing the most advanced spaceship in the universe by undergoing a session in the Total Perspective Vortex device This torture machine is supposed to demonstrates conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion To see the whole infinity of creation is to go instantly mad unless view spoiler your name is Zaphod Beeblebrox and you ego is just as big as the Universe hide spoiler Captain Jeltz our old not so good friend a callous butcher from the previous book is after the stolen spaceship with the unlikely nameHeart of Gold again On board are Arthur Dent Ford Prefect Trillian and the ex President of the Galaxy the thief Zaphod Beeblebrox nobody cares about Marvin the annoying robot The unsmiling captain likes killing that's what he does best The fugitive ship is just about to be no with the help of the cruel Vogan a bad poet too and his deadly spacecraft's weaponsThe Heart of Gold's computer is too busy making the perfect cup of tea to defend the vesselThanks to the thirsty MrDent a man must have his beverage The only bright side is that the Englishman gets the best tea he's ever hadWith the crew having only a few moments to live the great grandfather of Zaphod's is someways conjured up by Beeblebrox He can't explain it either Great grandpa isn't very happy observing the stupidity of his great grandson Four generations and what a blockhead it has produced And an ill timed lecture on his relative's shameful habits complicates things But blood is blood and with the desperate nervous encouragement of the rest of the gang he sends them in their merry separate ways Marvin and the former president vanishing from the bridge And the craft travels many light years away from the rather dangerous somewhat bleak situation Zaphod materializes on distant Ursa Minor Beta a planet where it's always a sunny afternoon along also his not so fun but gloomy robot companion Marvin and his constant bad moods Arriving in a bar he's amazed speechless shocked still the gentleman is no stranger to such an environment and soon feels right at home after a couple of good drinks And on this world is the wonderful headuarters of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy MrBeeblebrox has an overpowering mysterious urge to see he doesn't know why? MrZarniwoop the editor Yet there are problems they're always some the sweet talking elevator won't take them to the 15th floor Even asks if they wouldn't prefer going in the opposite direction down Strange behavior for this machine some kind of premonition ? The reason becomes apparent soon after an attack from the galaxy's forces not happy with our former leader's actions Despite the gallant efforts of Marvin's they take the whole huge building and transports it to the worst place in the Milky Way the Frogstar planet What a dump A voice tells him to come on down from the 15th floorHe does very slowly and enters a structure on the dreary surface will that kill him? Maybe or maybe not He's hungry slightly tired and would prefer to be in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Milliways where they see the end of the universe show ever night with a celebrity host Reasonable prices too a great view of the entertainment if you can get a good table and join his friends for a few libationsThe only heaven which our not uite perfect hero knows Poor MarvinI’m glad our heroes are exploring space and time but poor Marvin I was talking to a friend of mine the other day when he asked me for a book recommendation “Nothing too long” he said “Or too factual” My brain starting racing Tolstoy? Much too long Bill Bryson? Much too factual “The news?” I suggested “No no” he said “A book” My mind kept racing through titles “Ah I’ve got it” I said finally “Try The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series They are wholly remarkable books” This brief conversation encapsulates why I enjoy these books so much They're well written thoughtful funny short and immensely readable They are the sorts of book you can recommend to nearly anyone the sorts of books that turn illiterates into book enthusiasts It’s hard to think of something effortlessly pleasant “The story so farIn the beginning the Universe was createdThis has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move” “In an infinite Universe anything can happen” Not much in the way of plot or development here but if you've made it this far into the Hitchhiker Series then that's probably not going to be a big problem And it isn't Douglas Adams' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is a terrifically zany and entertaining adventure I really enjoy the fact that anything can happen Somewhere in this book Adams writes about brilliant nonsense I feel like he could be describing this and the other books in the Hitchhiker Series Like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy this is a book I first read in high school I clearly enjoyed the reread but might have to wait and recharge my improbability uotient before picking up the next installment in the series 375 stars“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 bizarre and inexplicable There is another theory which states that this has already happened” Had I read this? I couldn't recall I knew I'd seen the old tv version but I wasn't sure I'd actually read the book so I read it And why not? It's a hell of a good book and I'd do it again The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is kind of the continuing adventures of Arthur Dent Honestly while he's a focal point of book one he doesn't factor into the seuel as much This is about Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Perfect as well as the kitchen sink's worth of whatever zany ideas Douglas Adams wanted to throw into the works I say zany ideas as if they are a haphazard careless collection of ramblings but Adams does actually stay on topic for much of the time That topic is humanity's futility We're a go nowhere race going nowhere fast Adams basically says we've been given two million years worth of time to do something with ourselves before it's all over and frankly we will fuck it up Oh wellWhile not as sharp as the first book this is a worthy successor and I plan to continue reading the remaining books in the series which I'm pretty sure I haven't read yet Truly the most memorable characters in this book are the ones in Disaster AreaJust ignore the inane ramblings of the most important person in the universe Mr Beeblebrox the man who says What all the time or the brilliant but somewhat easygoing Trillian or Froody Ford They're just bit players Indeed the character that chews cud is rather intelligent than the grand majority of those B Cast characters sent to crash on that backwater planet with the official main charactersDidn't you know? Between Disaster Area and the robot with the brain the size of a planet are the ULTIMATE main charactersAnd now that we've met the meat welcome to the best show in the universe served up with a huge side dish of pokes at God or some philosophical backwater person who claims to be the leader of said Universe the Universe and EverythingAnyone want to play a game of scrabble? The second strike of the prime example of how Sci Fi fantasy humor philosophy and criticism can be fused to an intergalactic road tripIncluding time manipulation end of time relativity of death and afterlife monetarization of the end of the universe human evolution and what may have influenced it madness coming out of the insight of one's unimportance concerning the cosmic scale etc Adams covers a large range of topics in a small amount of pages and mixes it with fabulous character description dialogues and weird protagonist premisesDissecting satire is no fun but a difficult and highly subjective endeavor and it seems to me as if Adams has packed even innuendos to grievances into it than in the first light hearted part of his legendary series Not dark but a bit in the grey areaIt´s very difficult to choose the best part of the series but I would prefer this one because it needs no further explanation and goes directly into different plots and the epic ending gives deep insights in human cultural evolution and let´s one ask the uestion whose weirdos descendents we might beAlien 1 I bet you might not dare to mix your genetic code with those primates because of the non interference laws and ethical issuesAlien 2 Hold my beer Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue Wenn man am Vormittag schon sechs unwahrscheinliche Dinge erlebt und erledigt hat – warum das Ganze dann nicht mit einer Jause im Milliways dem Restaurant am Ende des Universums abrunden Genau das hat die Besatzung des Sternenschiffs »Herz aus Gold« vor Wäre da nicht der missliche Umstand zunächst den Vogonen entkommen zu müssen irgendwie zu vermeiden zum übelsten Planeten der Galaxie verschleppt zu werden und einem Raumschiff beizubringen wie man eine anständige Tasse Tee zubereitet Und hat überhaupt irgendwer einen Tisch reserviertBand 2 der fünfteiligen Trilogie


About the Author: Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series Hitchhiker's began on radio and developed into a trilogy of five books which sold than fifteen million copies during his lifetime as well as a television series a comic book series a computer game and a feature film that was completed after Adams' death The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts; the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams He was known to some fans as Bop Ad after his illegible signature or by his initials DNAIn addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams wrote or co wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels and he co wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See itself based on a radio series Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic which was produced by a company that Adams co founded and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones A posthumous collection of essays and other material including an incomplete novel was published as


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