Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Review: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Monday, August 8, 2011
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Del Ray
Website: N/A
Source: Library
Rating: 2.1 stars

Okay, so I have a confession to make. I didn't actually finish this book. Quite reluctantly, I forced myself through half of it, convinced that I would finally get to a part that was as brilliant as its predecessor. I didn't. In fact, the whole thing was incredibly dull, and when I found myself skipping paragraphs just to get it over with, I knew it was time to quit. And I hardly ever give up on a book, so you know this had to be terrible!

If you're still interested in reading it, here's the plot: In Hitchhiker's, Earth was blown up by the Vogons to make room for a bypass. Arthur Dent and Trillian are the last two surviving members of the human race. They are stuck in space with Ford Prefect, a research for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Marvin, a manically depressed robot, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy. Or, rather, previous President. He lost that title when he stole the spaceship, the Heart of Gold. Beeblebrox has two heads, and therefore, two brains, but only one is currently working. The other contains... well, he doesn't know, since he sealed off that information from himself a long time ago. But now he has to find out his past knowledge so he can discover who the Ruler of the Universe is.

Now, that concept sounds like it could be potentially hilarious, especially by such an acclaimed author as Douglas Adams. However, despite the fact that the plot is seemingly random, it becomes predictable. Most chapters start off with a 'nonsensical' page or two about these aliens or that planet which Adams then ties in to what's going on in his story. This is clever the first few times, but by the seventh or eighth, you'll just want to scream "Get to the point already!!!" Furthermore, as I mentioned before, it's really boring. Admittedly, it isn't the worst book I've ever read, but it certainly is a let down. If you're going to read it, just skip to the parts with Marvin in it. They're really the only ones worth reading.

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