The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Series is a classic in comedic Science Fiction circles. I have read all of the HHGTTG books in paperback, except this one. This book is not horrible - however I hesitate to call it 'great'. Douglas Adams had a distinct style to his writing and for whatever reason, this book somehow has missed that style. Its not as funny - it is more of a story about the HHGTTG universe, without the humor. There are of course many humorous moments - but the overall comedic level is lower than the previous books. Unlike the previous books that I've returned to - this one will probably be read only once.
"We apologise for the inconvenience"
While I heard some not too good things about this book, I loved it. I loved the use of Thor and how everything from the old books were tied in well. This book was longer and more involved than any of the other books, not that it was better, but it didn't miss a beat. I hope this author tries the Dirk Gently series. I especially have hopes for the Salmon of Doubt. If you liked the guide books, this fits an empty spot that needed filling and is a star above Mostly Harmless.
The book has a few funny moments, but it felt forced to me. I am not really sure it was necessary to try and shove so many characters from other books all into this one. As far as I am concerned it is still a trilogy in 5 parts.
I was so excited when I added this to my wish-list and promptly bought it. Alas. Its like Colfer cut up the old books and made them a plot madlib. It felt like Eoin watched the recent movie, read a summary of the books and then went to work. I don't even know if I can finish it. I've listened to the original 5 many times (along with Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul) they are fantastic, read by the author, who was an excellent voice talent along with his skill at creating and defining a Genre. This book is a shadow of the others, and it (the series) would have been better if it had stayed retired.
Skip this and listen to "The Restaurant" again.
If you loved this series then do NOT listen to this butcher job. Douglas Adams must be turning over in his grave.
I usually actually say what I felt was wrong with the book, but it is so bad I just don't know where to begin or how to say it.
I Will just leave it at this "PANIC"
The characters in this sixth volume of the Hitchhiker's trilogy are familiar, and the plot isn't too far from what you might expect. Fans of the original storyline know that Douglas Adams had a knack for taking just the right amount of absurdity and transforming it into a great story. Unfortunately, Colfer's attempt at the same failed. Miserably. It's as if Colfer wrote 250 pages of nonsensical rubbish and then decided to try and weave a Hitchhiker's plot into it.
As someone who has both read and listened to the Hitchhiker books many times I would recommend you avoid this book in any format. I wound up listening to the entire thing to see if it lived up to the expectations set by some other reviews and I really found the entire thing unsatisfying and disappointing.
If you loved the original Star Wars trilogy this is episodes 1-3. If you're huge Indiana Jones fan this is Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If you loved Rocky movies this is Rocky V. It's not that it's so terrible on its own, but when you love a series so much and something comes along that doesn't live up to the high standard that has been set it makes it seem worse than it is.
That said, I think of all the examples listed this is the worst of the lot. It's a sequel with no merit to it whatsoever. If you want to head back to the Hitchhiker Universe and see some of your favorite characters awkwardly thrust into a terrible new story then by all means get this book. Just be prepared for disappointment.
Also as a side note, I've attempted to read other things by Eoin Colfer and in general I find his writing terrible. Maybe it's just that personal dislike that tainted my enjoyment of this story... but I doubt it.
All silliophiles need to purchase this audiobook. Non-silliophiles should also listen to it, if only to hear Simon Jones' perfect narration. Why haven't I heard of this actor before? He has, arguably, the largest range of voices and accents of any audiobook reader I have listened to. I will definitely be looking for other audiobooks he has narrated. As to this book, itself, "And Another Thing" definitely continues the delightful silliness of the previous Hitch-hiker series. Colfer picks up and runs with Douglas Adams' literary voice, imagination, and characters. Who'da thunk that Trillian and Boweric Wowbagger would .... But no, I'd better not -- that would spoil the surprise. Suffice it to say that "And Another Thing" continues the Infinite Improbability of the previous episodes. I have docked a star from my rating of this audiobook, only because Colfer also continued -- albeit out of necessity -- the alcoholism theme that Adams incorporated into the previous five installments (mostly in the form of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters). As one who has seen many cases of alcoholism's tragedies, its silliness-inducing characteristics just don't make me laugh the way Adams intended. Otherwise, I recommend "And Another Thing" to all fans of Douglas Adams' brilliance.
I really liked the 1st few books in the Hicthhiker series but not so much the last two.
Colfer seems to have picked up right where Adams left off.