Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Had you will have been looking forward to it?"


This past weekend, I read The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, aka part two of the five-book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams. Well, "read" is perhaps not the right word for it.

Hop skipped through with barely controlled glee, like so, is probably a more accurate description.

As is often the case with sequels, The Restaurant begins where The Guide ended. The colorful bunch of Zaphod, Arthur, Ford, Trillian, and Marvin is attacked by a Vogon ship. Luckily, they are saved by Zaphod's ancestor Zaphod Beeblebrox the Fourth (blame an accident with a contraceptive and a time machine for that). During the rescue, Zaphod and Marvin vanish and reappear on Ursa Minor Beta, at the offices of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The pair goes looking for Zarniwoop. We learn that him and Zaphod used to be collaborators.

I la-la-loved this book. 

Sequels of succesful books typically fall in one of two categories: they are either A) an obvious attempt by the writer at milking a hit, or B) so unimaginitive that you just know the writer mailed it in.

Luckily, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is neither. Adams did a great job of taking the existing characters on a new journey, introducing them to gaudy new characters, and presenting brilliant new concepts, which are always hilarious and oftentimes insightful. I can't wait to read the third installment, Life, the Universe and Everything, but I promised myself to savour the awesome as long as I can, so I decided to read two other books in between every episode. I hope I can #staystrong.

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