The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
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 Arthur’s motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a long-time friend and expert contributer to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who’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 Hitchhiker’s Guide deleted the term “Future Perfect” from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!

Baker & Taylor
Earthling Arthur Dent, Ford Perfect, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, the ex-president of the galaxy, are all aboard a space ship on a search for answers about life, the universe, and the perfect place to eat in space.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2009
Edition: 2009 Del Rey trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780345418920
Branch Call Number: SF ADAMS
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 21 cm

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Feb 12, 2019

Not the best in the series.

Apr 20, 2018

How can I possibly like something as random and insane like The Restaurant at the End of the Universe :P? It really puzzles me how I love this writing. The utter nonsense presented as if it has some profound meaning hidden to it, in essence explains our life I guess. Wait, that actually makes this book deep doesn't it?

Aug 19, 2017

A really weird but oddly charming book, just like the one before it. There's really no way to predict where the story is about to go which is part of the fun. This funny sequel was an enjoyable read and I did enjoy it. I don't think I would read it again or that it was the most impactful book I've ever read but I really did like it.

Jan 16, 2016


Aug 22, 2015

Every bit as clever and humorous as the first book.

Dec 12, 2014

Not as good as Hitchhiker's Guide but still entertaining.

May 18, 2013

This sequel continues the oddities of the Universe through they eyes of our beloved whack-a-doodle characters and brings us to the brink of the great End, and sells us one way tickets to absolute enjoyable absurdity. Marvin is by far the funniest and sometimes even "familiar" character like myself and I believe if you've got your towel still ready, and soaked in lemon juice then continue on the insane ride through a unique perspective of the Known, and Unknown Universe.

May 05, 2012

one of the best series I've ever read. I definitively recommend it

Mar 25, 2012

I had high hopes for this book, because the first one was so good, but I was sadly disappointed. The book seemed to drone on and there was really a mixed up plot.

I would still recommend it because it's Douglas Adams and he's a brilliant writer.


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Aug 24, 2015

“My universe is my eyes and my ears. Anything else is hearsay.”

Aug 24, 2015

“To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.”

Aug 24, 2015

“Life is wasted on the living.”

Aug 24, 2015

“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.”

Aug 24, 2015

“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.”


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Aug 22, 2015

Picking up from the end of the first book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur, Marvin, Ford, Trillian, and Zaphod are aboard the Heart of Gold heading for the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. However, almost immediately they find themselves under attack by Captain Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council (yes, the same one that oversaw the demolition of Earth) and his Vogon crew. Ford, Trillian, and Zaphod try to fly the Heart of Gold away from the Vogon ship, but their ship's computer is jammed because Arthur asked the Nutri-Matic machine for a cup of tea (long story). Facing imminent doom, the crew performs a séance and calls Zaphod’s great-grandfather. Zaphod’s great-grandfather miraculously saves them from death at the hands of Vogons, but teleports Zaphod to find a “Zarniwoop” and the ruler of the Universe. From there things only get crazier. Will anyone be able to find the question to the ultimate answer (42)?


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