The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The second book in Douglas Adams increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy.  Wonderfully bizarre books that make you laugh dozens of times throughout them.  On with the review.

Book Stats

245 pages (paperback) 166 pages as the second novel in my Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide collection with all of the novels.

Science Fiction/Satire

Second book in the trilogy (which has five books total), sequel to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Characters

This book follows the same characters as the first book, although the book focuses more on Zaphod and why he stole the Heart of Gold in the first book.

Setting

Various planets throughout the galaxy, much like the first book.  Another of the interesting settings in this book is the titular Restaurant at the End of the Universe, which is Milliways.  The unique thing about this is that isn’t a location for a restaurant, but at the time when the universe ends, and diners get to watch the universe exploding.

Plot

The plot follows Zaphod as we watch why he stole the Heart of Gold, he wants to find the person who really runs the universe.  The book also follows the characters as they go after the ultimate goal, food.  Much like the first book, this one is a series of non-sequitars and following the characters and watching their reactions to some of the strangest situations that you’ll ever find.

Enjoyment

It works well, but not quite as well as the first book.  One thing I noticed, partially because I’m paying a lot more attention to some of the technical aspects of books now that I’m trying to review them all, is that there were no footnotes in this book, which there were in the first book.  I’ve seen footnotes done in books several times (Pratchett does this a lot) and in a book that doesn’t take itself seriously it can work, but in a more serious book it just deflates everything.  I like the book, but I like weird humor.

Overall Grade

Funny in the same vein as the first book, still very much worth reading.  A quick and fun read.

8/10

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