Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhikerâ??s Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series! â??Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.â?ťâ??The Washington Post Book World Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat, as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability. Among Arthurâ??s motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to The Hitchhikerâ??s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee whoâ??s gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food speaks for itself (literally). Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that The Hitchhikerâ??s Guide deleted the term â??Future Perfectâ?ť from its pages, since it was discovered not to be! â??Whatâ??s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adamsâ??s sardonically silly ey
The ship turns out to be unalterably programmed to dive into a star, and everyone (except Marvin, who stays behind to operate the machine) uses a teleportation device to escape. Zaphod and Trillian find the ruler of the universe. Ford and Arthur find themselves on an alien ship that crashes on prehistoric Earth - and discover that the aliens displaced the indeginous life on the planet becoming the actual ancestors of humanity. This, of course, disrupted the Earth's functioning, meaning that the question for which "42" is the answer may never be solved - Arthur discovers that when he tries to unravel the question he gets the result "what is six times nine".
Of the five books, this and the first are the best. The humor is funny without being frivolous, the satire is biting without becoming too nasty. As with all of the books, the plot serves as little more than a frame on which to hang jokes, satire, and comments on the absurd nature of the universe, but those elements are brilliantly well-done in this book.
I found that in this book things start to make a bit more sense and you discover
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is just as amusing and fun as the first one in the series, some of the comparisons that Adams makes are just hilarious. The description of the Vogons in the beginning is too funny and really had me laughing out loud, I had to go back to it a few times just to read it over again. What I like most about these books however is that I never know what is going to happen next, you just don't know what to expect!
The ending left me curious as to what happened to some of the characters and now I can't wait to get to the next book!
Freeman's narration and voice-work is impressive.
(AUDIO CD rendition).The Book is fantastic! Totally hilarious. A welcome sequel to
any first-time reader of HGTG. The CD set consists of five (5)
CDs, and the story is read by
For anyone not familiar with the voice of DA, his reading,
inflections, and ease in switching voices during dialog passages
adds greatly to the presentation. The CD does have some
'electronically-modified' voices (Marvin & the ship's computer,
for instance), but they're all Douglas Adams, and he makes
it quite difficult not to laugh out loud while listening.
It's also pretty hard not to consume the whole book at one
My two complaints on this media presentation are that it is
simply a straight transfer to CD of Douglas Adams'
CASSETTE-TAPE recordings. They didnt even remove all of the
'End of Side' notations from the original. Imagine that
you're listening to the story, and in the *middle* of a
disc, you hear Douglas say "End of side TWO". Then the story
continues. I also have to mention my biggest
beef with this presentation (as with ALL of the CD renditions)
which is that each disc is comprised of only ONE track!
You cannot jump forward or backward by chapters. If you
cannot listen to an entire disc at one sitting (about an hour),
then you cannot resume midway if you happen to stop the disc.
In this regard, the cassette-tapes excel over the CD renditions.
Considering that Douglas was pretty-much a techno-hound, I think
he'd be pretty disgusted that his works were being stamped-out
in such a shoddy fashion.
All-in-all, the book is as good as, if not better than,
the HITCHHIKERS GUIDE. Adams fanatics will love it. It's a
book that demonstrates that DA was an accomplished wordsmith,
and that he spent considerable time and effort to add hundreds
of subtle cross-references between passages that cannot be
caught at first reading (listening). In this regard, you'll
find something new each time you consume this book.
I still enjoyed this but can't say I loved it as much as the first book.
Even in this book, I found that the writing felt a little more strained than the first and that the unrestrained absurdity of the first novel had been reigned in. This
I do not wish to deter people from reading the series as I read all of the books and enjoyed them. However, I just wanted to relate my disappointment from book to book. Typically in a series of novels you find yourself more and more engaged with the characters and their fates as the series continues, but I found myself growing more detached. If the Hitchhiker's Guide books were longer novels I probably wouldn't have continued reading them after this novel.