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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

(The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  234,312 ratings  ·  5,882 reviews
alternate edition for ISBN 0345418921/9780345418920

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 improbability - and desperately in search of a place to eat. Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a long-time friend
Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Del Rey (first published October 12th 1980)
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Andrew Sammut Not such a great book in my opinion compared to the first one and I just finished reading the second one so I'd know. I suppose we'll learn what happe…moreNot such a great book in my opinion compared to the first one and I just finished reading the second one so I'd know. I suppose we'll learn what happens to the rest of the characters we don't know what happened to such as Zaphod and Trillian in the following books. Also I believe Marvin the depressed Android SPOILER ALERT "died" and that made me sad.(less)

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J.G. 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
Mario the lone bookwolf (semi reviewing hiatus )
The second strike of the prime example of how Sci-Fi, fantasy, humor, philosophy, and criticism can be fused to an intergalactic road trip.

Including 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
Henry Avila
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 his deadl ...more
R.K. Gold
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poor Marvin!
I’m glad our heroes are exploring space and time but poor Marvin!!!!
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

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 more bizarre and inexplicable.

There 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 sequence of the series. They were probably too close to making sense of their situ
J.L.   Sutton
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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.”

“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 a
Roy Lotz
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jason Koivu
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 sequel as much. This is more about Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Perfect, as well as the kitchen sink's worth of whatever zany ideas Douglas
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, humor, 2020-shelf
Truly, the most memorable characters in this book are the ones in Disaster Area.

Just 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 more intelligent than the grand majority of those B-Cast characters sent to crash on that backwater planet with the official main characters.

Didn't you
"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
Emer (A Little Haze)
"The Universe — some information to help you live in it.

1 - Area: Infinite.
The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy offers this definition of the word "Infinite".
Infinite: Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, "wow, that's big", time. Infinity is just so big that by comparison, bigness itself looks really titchy. Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we're
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  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
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Douglas Adams’ hilarious chronicle of Zaphod, Ford, Trillion, Arthur – and Marvin the Paranoid Android keeps a’ rollin’ in this 1980 sequel to his epochal The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Center stage is Adams’ brilliant humor and he continues on with more explorations of his magnificent world building.

We are introduced to Hotblack Desiato and Disaster Area, one of my favorite characters from when I read this the first time decades ago. Disaster Area is the most successful rock band of all t
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 people to do with Monty Python films or The Princess Bri ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
In his sequel to “The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy”, Douglas Adams continues the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and Marvin, in the same funny and unassuming style. Zaphod, still nutty as a fruitcake, looks for the man who rules the universe, while Arthur’s continued search for “The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” churns out the unsatisfactory “What do you get if you multiply six by nine?”.

It makes for a quick read, ever surprisi
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
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?

In which installment we learn that tea is a most dangerous beverage....
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. ...more
Courtney Lindwall
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Paul O'Neill
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This series is frigging hilarious. Unfortunately, that's the only thing this book has going on. The story was a bit all over the place.

There was also a lack of my favourite character, Marvin.

Not sure if I'll continue with this series as yet. The first book THGTTG is a must read though.
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?
David Sarkies
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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13 September 2016

Well, this is annoying. Having just arrived back from Europe, and having travelled half way around a world you could say that I now have the holiday hangover – Jet Lag. Basically I have had about 10 hours sleep in total over the past four days, namely because I go to sleep and suddenly an hour later I am wide awake, laying in bed, wondering whether I should get up and do something, or simply lie there and attempt to get some mor
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mice experiment is history, we know the answer to the question about life, the universe and everything, the Earth has been destroyed for that bloody bypass ... so what now? Well, Arthur and his companions are being hunted by Vogons and feel a bit peckish. So eating would be a good idea. Thankfully, there is a restaurant at the end of the universe - let's meet the meat!

We get some displacement both in time and space (resulting in some delicious linguistic tomfoolery) and meet the ruler of the
Sheila Beaumont
Just as much fun as Hitchhiker's Guide! A lot like P.G. Wodehouse (if he had written about spaceships). Definitely want to read the rest of the series.

I've just revisited this second entry in the series via audiobook. The narration by Martin Freeman isn't quite as lively as Stephen Fry's performance of Hitchhiker's Guide, but it is still thoroughly enjoyable.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Douglas Adams wove two major plot threads into the first two books of his Hitchhiker's series. The more famous regards the destruction of the Earth, pan-dimensional mice and the ultimate 2-digit number (view spoiler). Less famous, but equally integrated into the narrative, is a cloak-and-dagger tale of inter-galactic conspiracy, the pursuit of power and self-performed brain-modification. For a cabal of powerful men seek 'the true ruler of the universe' ...more
Raúl Omar
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I was truly enjoying The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (you can read my review here ) when my sister gave me The Restaurant at the End of the Universe as a birthday present. Then I faced the weirdest conundrum (quite ad hoc for the weirdest book I've erver read): I didn't wanted the book to be over and at the same time I just wanted to finish the book so I could start reading the sequel. Well, the unavoidable happened, and the only reason I didn't undergo an OMG-I-can't-believe-this-is-over c ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, often times laughing out loud at the quirky humor and the odd way of thinking. Do not read this book for the story because there isn't much of one, but pick it up for the journey and the entertainment of each scene.
There's humor around the fact that we as humans are just a spek on a spek on a spek of nothingness. Space and the universe humbles us. And we really don't know much about anything.
But maybe the whole meaning of everything really is just "42" and we just don't ha
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Serious philosophy camouflaged as comedy
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
The HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY series can be enjoyed on many levels, so it’s tough to decide how to review it. On the surface, it’s just a zany series of dry British humorous skits ala Monty Python, but when you dig deeper, Douglas Adams has a lot to say about life, the universe, and everything. Taken as a whole, he presents a consistent philosophy that our universe is
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I somehow liked this book better than the first - it was funnier and had a more arced plotline.
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“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.”
“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.”
More quotes…