Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Opening Lines: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Some novels have the ability to draw you in from the start. A single line or paragraph can grab your attention in such a way that the novel just demands to be read. Opening Lines is a feature where I'll share some of the best opening lines that hooked me.

In keeping with the Douglas Adams theme of the last installment, here's the opening of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. If you look at the bizarre news we are faced with I somewhat suspect it happens on a daily basis...

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another which states that this has already happened.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
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If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliaways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe? Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogans, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation? Volume Two in the Trilogy of Five.


  1. I am pretty obsessed with first lines myself. This is a really great opener. Like this series idea. I for one will be enjoying it.

    1. Glad you like it. The opening of a book is basically what gets me to buy it (and then have it waiting on mount TBR for years).