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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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"DOUGLAS ADAMS IS A TERRIFIC SATIRIST."
--The Washington Post Book World
Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability--and desperately in search of a place to eat.
Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to the Hitchhiker's ...
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Overview

"DOUGLAS ADAMS IS A TERRIFIC SATIRIST."
--The Washington Post Book World
Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability--and desperately in search of a place to eat.
Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor 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 who suffers nothing and no one very gladly. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.
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!
"What's such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams' sardonically silly eyes."
--Detroit Free Press


From the Paperback edition.

This sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy finds Arthur Dent, reluctant space adventurer, joining Zaphod Beeblebrox--two-headed former president of the galaxy--Zaphod's dead great-grandfather, sexy cadet Trillian, and paranoid Marvin in the search for the ruler of the Universe. Previously published by Pocket Books.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Warning! This second volume in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series is definitely not a standalone book. Enjoying, or even understanding, the continuing adventures of Earthling Arthur Dent, his strange pal Ford Prefect, and the very, very odd Zaphod Beeblebrox requires previous study and preparation. Confusion and possible insanity awaits the poor soul who tries to figure out the second title without having read the first. Arthur and Ford, having survived the destruction of Earth by surreptitiously hitching a ride on a Vogon constructor ship, have been kicked off that ship by its commander. Now they find themselves aboard a stolen Improbability Drive ship commanded by Beeblebrox, ex-president of the Imperial Galactic Government and full-time thief. Narrated by Adams, this production is a treat for fans of the late author and others who enjoy British comedy. Be sure to buy all five parts of the "Hitchhiker" series or your patrons will storm your office. One caveat: this audiobook will need to be repackaged for library circulation.-Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
“Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.”—Washington Post Book World

“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’s sardonically silly eyes.”—Detroit Free Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307497567
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/24/2008
  • Series: Hitchhiker's Guide Series , #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 45,334
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. His other works include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.
You can find more about Douglas Adam's life and works at douglasadams.com.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Book


    KEEP CALM
    and
    BUY
    THIS BOOK

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Superb

    When i first read Hitchhikers Guide, i only read it because i wanted to see how the book compared to the excellent movie, i am not typically into most fantasy/science fiction books or movies, but Hitchikers Guide was captivating. Douglas Adams writes in such an entertaining way that anyone could find his books entertaining. The 2nd books starts right where the 1st left off, Arthur, Ford, Trllian, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, the president of the universe who had stolen the very ship that they were in and was surrounded by Vogons. Throughout their journey they are shrunken, tortured(well kind of, Zapod walked into a Total Perspecive Vertex, a device that shows you how infinatly small you are compared to the universe), nearly driven into a star, and much more.
    I really enjoy the way douglas adams writes and am very eager to read the rest of these books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I read the 1st one and i was ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is a tip for this book. IF YOU ARE AN IDIOT, DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!! I am 10 and I read like a colledge senior so, I understood it pretty well. I read the first one bcuz my dad found it and was like, Oh, try this book youll love it! And im thinking ,what the hell? Ill try it. Once i read the first two sentences, i was hooked! I finished it like two hours later and begged my mom (who was going out any way) to get me this one! She refused and now like 4 months later, i finally think to get it on my nook. LONG LIVE BARNES & NOBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Review of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

    I have absolutely nothing profound to say about this book. I don't even know why I liked it as much as I did (perhaps even more than Hitchhiker's Guide). I will tell you that I snorted, giggled, chortled, laughed and cried my way through it.

    Thank goodness these are short books though - seriously. The weird factor in them gets a tad overwhelming at times and I have to put the book down and go do something else before my mind explodes.

    And I swear I will never look at a steak the same way again.

    I think, by far, my favorite character is Marvin. There is a scene in this novel where he faces off against a more powerful robot and it had me laughing so hard (in Starbucks of all places!) that I had tears rolling down my cheeks. For some reason the image, the voices - everything came to life in my imagination during that one scene and it was almost too much to handle. And yes, I do have a strange sense of humor.

    Really fun book and I'm looking forward to the next.. but first I think I'll take a little break. Too much Adams and I'm afraid I'll spend the next week speaking to my table to see if I get a reaction from it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2010

    Hilarious

    I didn't think anything could top The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but this came pretty darn close. If you liked the first book, you like this too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Mooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am a roosta! Buy me a rock in iraq. Lan lan

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Fun read

    I really enjoyed this book and will continue with the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Poopy book

    I have not even read this book yet because I read the first one. It was horrible. So why bother on this one?(no offense Douglas Adams)

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    I love this book

    It is so funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Get Ultimate instead.

    Do it. It's more "bang for your buck."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    People!!!!!!!

    Hi

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    MARVIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Marvin is sooooooooooo funny! I love this book and every thing else in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Nearly as good as the first one

    Hitchhiker's Guide is the best of the series, but this is a close second. Highlights include your dinner recommending what part of itself should be eaten, and of course, Marvin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Awesome!

    I watched the movie of the first book and it was soooooooooooooooooooo good! Im praying that this is good too.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

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    HA HA HA

    I just loved it it so funny

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    a great sequel

    The restaurant at the end of the universe is a science fiction book by Douglas Adams. It is a good book because it is very detailed. It is set in the restaurant at the end of the universe, the Milky Way galaxy, frogstar 2, and Britain.
    The major conflict is Arthur Dent trying to find the question to the answer of life the universe and everything which is 42. First they are teleported to a spaceship. Next they arrive at earth. Finally they find the question while teaching cavemen to read.
    This book is written in the third person. I recommend this book for people who like sci-fi and British comedy.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Best Douglas Adams

    Even better than, Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, this book takes the cake. Quite possibly the most hilarious book I ever read...it truly captures Douglas Adam's amazing style of satire and dark humor. Very good.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Douglas Adams

    The man was simply a miracle worker. No matter how bad of a day I am having I can pick up his work and just start laughing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    A great new edition

    This book is possibly one of the funniest books ever written by Douglas Adams. It never ceases to amaze me how Douglas Adams can come up with such zany adventures! This book takes off from where the first one left, with Arthur Dent trying to survive, while many people are trying to find the answer to the creation of the universe, which will require the removal of his brain. That would not be a good outcome for him. This book also deals with many different species and how Douglas Adams perceives them. The many different aliens that are expressed in this book all have distinct personalities. It is also funny how some species are extremely strange. It is very funny to read. Once again, Douglas Adams has made another book that is worthwhile to read. I recommend this book, and any other book in the series, to anyone who enjoys space books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2006

    A whole new look at the Universe

    I highly recommend, The restaurant at the end of the universe to anyone who likes a good funny adventure. This is a one of a kind book that will keep you laughing til the cows come home. The way Douglas adams looks at the universe is unique and hilarious. IT is the second of a series of five books and you should probably read the first one before you pick up this one. Since the second book still has the qust for the ultimate question to the meaning of life 42, but adds on the new problem of finding the ruler of the universe. They of course run into hilarious people places and various lifeforms from other planets. I can't really tell you about the book because it would spoil it for you. You have to read it the way he writes it. What will Douglass Adams come up with next. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one.

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