Monday, June 25, 2012

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Last week I read The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams. It's the sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the second book in the trilogy of five*.

*You read that correctly: trilogy of five.

This book was pointless because, in line with the series' main theme, there is no point to anything. But don't worry about it, and above all:


*Fortunately, this advice is printed in large, friendly letters on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
The Restaurant in question is not at the end of the universe in the sense that, "I am at this end and you are at that end."

It's at the end of the universe. As in:
- the opposite of the Big Bang
- the destruction of the universe
- the very last chance saloon

Fortunately, the restaurant is strategically positioned in such a space-time position that it survives the end of the universe, and anyone can travel to the restaurant from any point in the past to the future where they can see how it all goes down. Every night, if you can afford it.

You might need a reservation.

The book, however pointless, is a fun read if you want more scenes with Marvin, Zaphod, Ford, Arthur, and Trillian. (The Marvin scenes are particularly funny.)

So that makes 9 books for the summer, and now I'm reading more Terry Pratchett.

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