As much as I wanted to finish out this series, I just couldnt do it. After the first three stories, it really went downhill and I kept finding that I was having a better time daydreaming than paying attention to the story. I have too many books to read to waste my time on something, that I felt, was overly-hyped.
I gave this book five stars. Just kidding! Check this out! If you take Spaceballs, Monsters versus Aliens, Player Piano, and Catch 22, throw them into a blender and purée, you might just end up with this book. This wacky look at intergalactic space travel, zany situations, and preposterous characters permeates the ephemeral, volatile fabric of this convoluted, sometimes witty, often disjointed fabrication. Still its mostly harmless. Like the guy who fell asleep in class and was prodded by his neighbor with the answer to the teachers question about transendentalism; who jumped up and yelled 42; youll discover the answer to life, the universe and everything.
The improbability that someone would write this book is two to the power twenty-five thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would publish it is two to the power fifty thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would buy it is two to the power seventy-five thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would actually read it is two to the power one hundred thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that a reviewer would place it on a must read list is two to the power of infinity minus one to one against and falling.
Adams quickly gets rid of the annoying Fenchurch and brings back the delicious humor, situations, and commentary that made the first couple of books in the trilogy delightful. Arthur finds himself in a parallel universe with no Earth and no Fenchurch, stuck on a planet as the official Sandwichmaker. Ford takes a trip to the office of the Guide and makes a frightening discovery that he, Arthur, and Trillian all set out to fix. Marvin is still dead, but Adams does offer us a robot who is the optimistic opposite of him, which is a fun meta-joke. It's a nice end to the trilogy, but doesn't quite reach the heights of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.