Tuesday, June 9

Book Review: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Title: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Author: Douglas Adams

Pages: 200

Summary: Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle through space powered by pure improbabilityand desperately in search of a place to eat. Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a long-time friend and contributor to The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMilan, a fellow Earth refuge who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, who suffers nothing and no one gladly.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I finally got my hands on the second book of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy of Five parts and I have to say, I enjoyed it almost as much as the first. The book is full of the same witty humour and sci-fi nonsense as the first, as we follow the characters from the same characters on another epic journey, which is at the end of the universe. Marvin is one of my favourite characters, even if he is overly depressed. Whenever he pops up, I burst out laughing. But, my favourite part of the book has to be Arthur Dent’s attempt to get a good cup of tea.

The book can be hard to follow, but what you have to realize that it is a satire, sarcastic and is meant to ramble on and make little sense. It’s a sci-fi story that is meant to be a bit odd, out there, and not make sense, but still be enjoyable. It also helps give us some answers to a few of life’s questions (like the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything (42)), and coming across new alien races (the Azgards (but not the ones from Stargate….. or are they?)) or journeying to a pre-historic Earth. It kind of reminds me of a old sci-fi film, or an old Star Trek episode from the original series, where all of the technology, all of what happens, no matter how out there it seems, has a really simple, logical and oblivious answer to it. Usually this is because of some special probability matter, field etc. (Clearly that’s what it is people, didn’t you know that?)

I did find I was lost in the plot a few times, because of some of how the narrative rambles on and veers, far off from the main plot line, but overall, it was a very enjoyable and funny read (and great choice for those reading marathons ;)).

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend the book, along with the entire series. Adams had a talent to make an enjoyable, light read, where you can sit and enjoy a fun sci-fi novel, but not wrap your self around about can this actually happen, how does this happen etc. because he makes it so out there, that you can’t help but laugh. Not to mention, some of the characters, are ones you need to get to know, like Marvin. He’s one you just can’t help but think about.

What to read next: Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thank You for the Fish, Mostly Harmless (the finally three books in the Trilogy (of Five Parts)).

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