Life, the Universe and Everything

- Douglas Adams

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The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!

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enjoyable/easy to read:

He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.

I struggled to stay interested this time around. I think there was maybe just too much going on. In the previous books, there’s a lot happening but it’s all moving in the same direction. This time it felt like the story was competing with itself and it was just too much to overcome.

I enjoyed most the beginning and the end. Starting five years after the end of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the passage of time has at least allowed Arthur a break from hurtling through space and time in a constant state of confusion and fear. Seeing how he and Ford have spent the last few years was definitely interesting. It takes some time before we’re reunited with the others, and by the time we are, I was well and truly lost. Finally, in the end, when everything has struggled to come together, I quite enjoyed the outcome. It’s not logical or conclusive but it’s definitely an ending.

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