The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams 5★♥ read Feb 2015
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
(Audio read by Martin Freeman)
(Library audio) (hardcover/kindle own)
This book was as good as the first book in the series. The “philosophy” and stuff that the Hitchhiker’s Guide Book has to say about the universe is good. I especially liked the few paragraphs about a drink – gin and tonic.
“It is a curious fact, and one to which no one knows quite how much importance to attach, that something like 85 percent of all known worlds in the Galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonnyx, or gee-N-N-T’N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, or any of a thousand or more variations on the same phonetic theme. The drinks themselves are not the same, and vary between the Sivolvian “chinanto/mnigs” which is ordinary water served at slightly above room temperature, and the Gagrakackan “tzjin-anthony-ks” which kills cows at a hundred paces; and in fact the one common factor between all of them, beyond that fact that the names sound the same, is that they were all invented and named before the worlds concerned made contact with any other worlds.”
The story is good and now I’m even more curious as to what the “Ultimate Question” is to the “Ultimate Answer of life and everything” being 42. So I look forward to reading more. Surprises me that I’m liking this because this is my first “space travel” books that I’ve read.
I have the first audio book with Stephen Fry and I really enjoyed it more than the book. It’s a bummer that he only did the first book. But Martin Freeman still did a good job with the second book. And I will try the audio book with Martin in the third book while reading along.