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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #2)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  121,175 ratings  ·  2,504 reviews
Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbabilityband desperately in search of a place to eat.
Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published June 23rd 1997 by Del Rey (first published 1980)
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Henry Avila
Captain Jeltz, our old, not so good friend, ( a callous butcher) from the previous book, is after the stolen spaceship, with the unlikely name,"Heart 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 more, with the help of the cruel Vogan ( a bad poet too), and h ...more
Keely
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I knew this to be true--and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature. Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey.

Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you
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Manny
"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 Question. 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 avail
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K.D. Absolutely
Mar 20, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010); 501 Must Read Books
Better than the first book. This has more funny moments and I just found myself laughing out loud more than when I was reading the first book. I guess it was by design. Douglas Adams had to explain fully his milieu for the series. Since he did that in the first book, his characters now have the whole universe to play around for themselves. So, they just don't hop and hop from one planet to another but also in this one, enjoy a time travel. They went to a restaurant at the end of the universe. Pr ...more
seak
I'm absolutely astounded at how quotable this book is. It's no wonder Douglas Adams suffered from writers block because just about every line in the entire book (and previous book, and probably subsequent books), is perfectly crafted to bring about a chuckle.

In this second book of the trilogy of five (which is now 6 I'm told), our crew of Beeblebrox, Arthur, Trillian, Ford Prefect, and of course the loveable Melvin the depressed robot, has to find the man behind the power, the ruler of the enti
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Courtney Lindwall
Jul 17, 2009 Courtney Lindwall rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zany Lovers of Ironic Science Fiction
Shelves: 2009
Oh, how I do love Douglas Adams.


I find something really profound in the way Douglas Adams presents life, even through an otherwise nonsensical and just purely humorous book. When I look past the surface, some of life's most thought-provoking themes lie so clearly woven amidst his stories.

Each encounter, each adventure, each beloved character, each twist, each turn; these are all humorous, superbly written, and wonderful, but what I believe Adams does better than his other counter-parts is lace
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Stephen
2.5 to 3.0 stars. Decent follow up to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. While enjoyable, I did not find myself laughing as often as I did during the first one. With books like this, your mood is often an important factor in determining your level of enjoyment so it could be that I just wasn't as receptive to the story as I might otherwise have been. Good but not great.
Benjamin Duffy
Back in junior high school, when I was being bussed 30 miles each way to the Magnet School for Gifted Math and Science Students (don't get excited; I washed out of the program in shame and disgrace after two years), the Hitchhiker's Guide series were all my nerdy friends' favorite books. They would throw quotes and in-jokes about Pan-Galactic Gargleblasters and Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts of Kraal back and forth at each other much like some (annoying) people like to do with Monty Python films or ...more
Evan Leach
Very entertaining sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In this book, our heroes...I don't really know how to even begin to summarize the plot. Our heroes are on a quest to get something to eat which leads to adventures through time and space and parallel dimensions and a trip to visit the man who runs the universe. I have always thought that the Hitchhiker books get progressively weirder and weirder. Bear in mind that the first book features pan-dimensional superintelligent mice, so t ...more
Barry Pierce
Not much to say about this. It's like the first one but not as good. It's a sequel. What do you expect?
Cecily
Hitchhiker's, volume 2.

The beginning of human life on earth and the end of the universe, aided by infinite improbability.

As with the others, it's the ideas and writing that make it so good:

Marvin makes a heavily armoured tank guess what weapon he has (nothing).

"The guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate".

"How are you? Fine if you like being me, which personally, I don't".

"Everything's cool and froody".

"Little expense had been spared to give the impression that no expense had
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Connor
Apr 21, 2009 Connor rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like humerous sci-fi's, & who have read 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
Shelves: book-club
This book is based on the fact that Zaphod Beeblebrox is looking for the ruler of the Universe to fulfill a plan that he doesn't even know he had because he had part of his memory removed. Part of the problem is, though, only three people know he exists and even they don't know where he is. Another problem is is that the ship he and his companions' ship is not working because Arthur Dent made it try to figure out how to make tea. All of this leads to another random adventure where anything can h ...more
Ferdy
A rather quick, light hearted, wacky read.
It was fun reading about Arthur/Zaphod and co getting into all kinds of mishaps and adventures. The various aliens and the non-stop traveling through space and time was thoroughly entertaining, I especially liked the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, it was actually quite genius. Some parts did drag though, and nothing was really resolved, and the ending was kind of meh.
Penelope
Unlike The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I found The Restaurant at the End of the Universe a bit tedious at times. Something about the tone is also a little different (a bit...melancholy, maybe? I'm not sure). In the first book, everything seems to be in good fun, the plot organically takes shape, and the whole thing is just excellent. This one took more effort to get through, although Adams' humor is still spot-on (usually) and comically bizarre situations abound. The humor in The Restauran ...more
Phrynne
I can't believe I have waited so long to read this book when I enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide so much. I suppose I felt that book was complete in itself and did not need a follow up. Well it maybe did not need one but it certainly does not hurt to have this entertaining book around. It made me laugh out loud as well as read nearly all the time with a smile on my face. I will definitely not wait so long to read the next episode!
Tom Day
1. I decided to read this book because it was the next one in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series and because I enjoyed the first book and the cliffhanger that it left I decided that I had to find out and read the next book.

2. The character that i found interesting was a robot called Marvin who is a paranoid android that can't speak of anything positively. He makes the story funny by sarcastically turning success into a negative, however despite this depressed instinct he is incredibly sm
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Samadrita
This one continues the story of Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Trillian's journey across time and space. But it is not as engrossing as the first book, strangely lacking in humour towards the latter part. Even though Adams does not forget to poke fun at the most basic of human tendencies and character traits in his pleasantly sardonic tone, the laughs don't come as easily. But I am still holding out hope for the series and will read the next book.
Joseph
There are two major plot threads woven into the first two books of the Hitchhiker's series. The more well-known regards the destruction of the Earth, pan-dimensional mice and the ultimate 2-digit number. Less famous, but equally integrated into the narrative, is a story of inter-galactic conspiracy, the pursuit of power and self-performed brain-modification. For 'the true ruler of the universe' must be found and the enigmatic Zaphod Beeblebrox cons himself into the quest, only he can't remember ...more
Troy Blackford
This book really frustrated me. I was certain I was going to give it two stars, until I got to the last ten percent or so. This is the second book in the 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' series. I really enjoyed the first book. I expected to like this one just as much, but I was quickly shocked to find that I wanted to stop reading. For the entire first 75% at least, I was just desperate for it to be over. The initial focusing on Zephod didn't really help, as I didn't like that character very ...more
Jonathan
This was a most excellent second novel in what is a weird and intriguing series. I don't know how many fans who are not into sci-fi enjoy this series but I do know it is a must read if you appreciate sci-fi and humour.

Douglas Adams has this way of using Deus ex Machina to produce profound humorous effects. It makes his work rather bizarre and zany but it is all the more endearing for that. Because without all the quirky, silly comedy, the flippant lines, the weird and random happenings his work
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Ana
I picked it up this morning and I finished it 7 hours later. I just didn't want to let it go. Too much fun, I suppose.

It's so funny that I still laugh at childish jokes that don't even make that much sense! I thought I was smarter than that, but if I'm not, I'm happy. This is definitely a series to read, it's just too much to miss out on!

As the second book of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of Universe picks Arthur Dent up from where he was, in the middle of a c
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Katie
It's been ages since I've read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and while I have only fond memories of it, I don't remember it quite well enough to make a good comparison to this one. On its own merits, though, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is hugely enjoyable to read. Douglas Adams is laugh-out-loud funny a good bit of the time, and he manages the impossible balancing act of writing a book that's light and airy but also full of substance. I want to describe his writing as human ...more
Epicurus
Not much to say about this book. The second book in the Hitchhiker's series. Expect more of the same. Didn't like it as much as the first. I felt a lot of the jokes fell flat or maybe I'm growing tired of his writing as I continue to read the series. Hopefully not because I have 3 more to go!
Jim
I pretty much had to read this since the first ends on such a cliff hanger. I liked it a bit more than the first, I think. Again, Adams read it very well & I have to go on to the third because there's obviously so much more to the story.
Jay  BlackGate
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Christine Blachford
When I read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there was a feeling of relief because so many people like it, and I had liked it too! Once that was out the way, many said I had to read on to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe because it was even better. Thus the pressure was right back on again.

Thankfully, I enjoyed the whole restaurant business just as much as the first. It felt a lot easier to read, presumably because the characters are all embedded in my mind now, and finding a two-h
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Ranee
laughter is universal. Surprises are not boring, like the galaxy we are in and the next one beside ours and those little rocks that like to orbit our world. there is so much out there, Adam's imagination is complex, in a beautiful way, you'll just have to hate yourself if you do not try to read it and find it out for yourself.

The world was supposed to end last December 21, 2012. Oh, let's just say it did. The molten core of the earth suddenly felt like belching out to the surface killing all of
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Eric Allen
Loved the second book in this numerically challenged trilogy just as much as the first... probably because it actually is the second half of the first... I mean, for a book that doesn't have an immortal alien who invented time travel out of sheer boredom so he can insult everyone who has ever, or ever will live in alphabetical order, it's still quite good. The search for the ultimate question about life, the universe and everything continues to it's hilarious conclusion in this book, and all I c ...more
Marvin
Second funniest book in the universe. (see Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy)
Michael
This is a review of the print version of this book. For my review of the audio version narrated by Martin Freeman, go here. For my review of the better audio version read by Douglas Adams, go here.

Douglas Adams' wacky brain has given us another romp through the galaxy with the cast from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This time Zaphod Beeblebrox takes center stage, or at least his antics are driving the plot, which seems appropriate because his intergalactic connections make for great sour
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Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more 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 comp ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (5 books)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4)
  • Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide, #5)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5 + short story) Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3) So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1)

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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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There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
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