Saturday, 2 October 2010

Douglas Adams; Life, the Universe and Everything

At the end of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Arthur and Ford, separated from Zaphod and Trillian, found themselves crashing on to prehistoric earth, and finding themselves stuck there, with a bunch of hairdressers and telephone sanitisers. Luckily, they don't stay there for long in Life, the Universe and Everything, and by means of a stray, floating sofa find themselves at Lord's Cricket Ground, a few days before Earth's scheduled destruction. But they don't stay there for long, either, for Slartibartfast has also found his way there, for a very important reason. He's trying to stop the imminent destruction of not just Earth, but of everything.

Maybe because this is the first book that I was unfamiliar with, or maybe because it just seemed to be not quite as funny, witty or brilliant, I just didn't find this book as good as the preceding two. Trillian's character... well. precisely. What character? She seemed to be just a plot device with a name, useful for wrapping the whole thing up nicely, but not a lot else. There were still moments of brilliance - bistronomics, for one, Arthur forgetting to land for another, but on a whole, it seemed as if things were starting to fray a little at the edges. It just wasn't quite as brilliant.

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