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The Resturant at the end of the Universe (original 1980; edition 1980)

by Douglas Adams

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Title:The Resturant at the end of the Universe
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Harmony Books (1980), Hardcover
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Tags:Science Fiction, Humor

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (1980)

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Lots of laugh out loud funny here. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 1, 2016 |
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is just as great. I'm not sure why the 1001 list didn't just include the entire series. Some more interesting concepts here! I wish there were more back story to the characters though. I will continue with this one shortly! ( )
  booklove2 | Dec 31, 2015 |
Meh. It's worse then the first book. I couldn't care less about any of the characters at this point. It's just randomness. Not funny at all. ( )
  Jaskier | Dec 1, 2015 |
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe continues the story of hapless Earthling Arthur Dent's travels across the space-time continuum. Once again, he is accompanied by an odd cast of characters, including his best friend Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed former president of the Galaxy and his girlfriend Trillian, and Marvin the Paranoid (and clinically depressed) Android.

I found Restauant more satirical, and more funny, than Hitchhiker, but also more episodic. I don't think Restauant can stand alone. Still, it's worth reading as part of the series. ( )
  akblanchard | Nov 17, 2015 |
Not as good as the first one but still wonderfully quirky and fun. ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 20, 2015 |
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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, AdamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
To Jane and James

with many thanks
to Geoffrey Perkins for achieving the Improbable
to Paddy Kingsland, Lisa Braun and Alick Hale Munro for helping him
to John Lloyd for his help with the original Milliways script
to Simon Brett for starting the whole thing off

to the Paul Simon album One Trick Pony which I played incessantly while writing this book. Five years is far too long

And with very special thanks to Jacqui Graham for infinite patience, kindness and food in adversity
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[Book 2 Only] "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" is the title of the second in a series of novels (as well as the second in a series of radio dramas). The five works in the series are generally referred to as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" or "The Hitchhiker Trilogy", as is the series of radio dramas. Though there are unabridged audio recordings of these works, the radio dramas are considerably different from the printed works. Eoin Colfer, of "Artemis Fowl" fame, contracted in 2008 to write the next volume of the "Trilogy."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345418921, Paperback)

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!

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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.

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