Saturday, 2 October 2010

Douglas Adams; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

After the adventures of the first book, Zaphod, Arthur, Ford and Trillian find that they're rather hungry, and therefore, decide to go to Milliways - the restaurant at the end of the universe. Of course, with the writer being who he is, and the characters being who they are, this isn't as simple as it sounds. Zaphod finds himself separated from the rest of his group and part of a mission to uncover the true ruler of the universe. A mission which he himself chose to conceal from himself.

I was still on familiar territory here, for the most part (thought there were some variances from the radio shows I remember). The paragraphs explaining all the different tenses that function in Milliways was pure genius to me, and the whole book worth reading just for that. Adams is just as witty and brilliant in this book as in the first. I was, as with the first book, rather surprised at how much action he could fit into such a short book, there really is a distinct lack of dull moments and even if the plot seems a little erratic, I found I was happy to coast along with it both for the humour of the various character's reactions to their constantly changing plights, and because Adam's narrative style means that you really don't mind what's going on, as long as it's him who's telling it.

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