An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea . . . Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released and colourfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And, of course, he has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
Arthur has, though, finally made it home to Earth. But that does not mean he has escaped his fate. For Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa are evaporating along with the world's oceans. Because no sooner has he arrived than he finds out that Earth is about to be blown up...again.
And Another Thing...by Eoin Colfer is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth instalment of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favourite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer and at least one very large slab of cheese.
©2009 Eoin Colfer; (P)2009 Penguin Books Limited
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"It's good but it's not right!"
Could anyone have written a HGTTG book?
Not really but Eoin Colfer has had a damn good stab and parts of it are pure Douglas Adams.
The crowning glory of this production though is Simon Jones - just hearing Arthur Dent again brings this to life.
The narrative is a little long winded and the plot is sometimes difficult to follow. If you're new to the HGTTG then this is not the place to start.
If you're a fan then you need to listen to it.
Would love to hear it dramatised by the BBC
"Douglas Adams would love it!"
If you loved "Hitchhikers" and mourned the passing of Douglas Adams, you will be pleasantly surprised by this book. Narrated by the voice familiar from the Radio series, it takes our heroes to new and different adventures. If you miss Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect et al, it really does take over where the previous book left off. Eoin Colfer has caught the quirky sense of humour from the original series. I enjoyed it immensely and I think you will too.
"You need to be a fan already"
Eoin Colfer has captured the feel of the original hitchhiker books perfectly. It was great to hear it narrated by Peter Jones, really took me back. Douglas Adams fans should love it but I suspect if would be fairly meaningless for anyone coming to hitchhiker for the first time.
"..and another thing, I wish it was so much better!"
I suppose I was hoping too much for a glimmer of what Douglas Adams had started. After the heartbreaking disaster that was the movie (well, most of it anyway) and the decent radio adaptations of the rest of the books, I thought that any licensed continuations of the books might be worth a look.
Let me start with the positives. Firstly, getting Simon Jones to be the reader was a fab idea, which must reel in many people like me - he is Arthur dent and always will be, so - perfect. Secondly, the author is really a fan or has really done his homework on the books.
However, he so litters the book with references to characters, worlds or their inhabitants from the first books that any sense of freshness or originality is lost. It almost sounds like he's looking for some kind of credibility from the reader (or fan) by how much he knows about the first 5 books. Douglas Adams like Terry Pratchett, is fond of a footnote, but this book is so littered by them, it gets in the way of the plot moving on. My final gripe (and I have others) is that the theme of the Norse gods is one that was mentioned in the books, but was the whole subject matter of his other books, namely "The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul." Douglas has already been there and done it (beautifully ? I think it?s probably his best book).
I think what I am trying to say is that it is a very brave thing to make a continuation of a set of books that have a cult following. Very few succeed (the sequels to the Blade Runner short story were unbelievably boring) and since I have not read any of Mr Colfer?s books, I can't rate how good an author is. However, he should have had the courage of his convictions and his skills as a storyteller to make a narrative that moved the story away from what he might have thought as safe ground and tried to be a bit more imaginative and original I can't see there being another book in this increasingly misnamed trilogy, I'm afraid.
A truly terrible story. FAIL. As a devoted HHGTTG fans and avid re-reader of all the Adams books I was hoping against hope that this book would tie up the loose ends and entertain. I really wanted to like this book.
One of the features of Adam's HHGTTG books was the long-form descriptions of things. Inserted from time to time they were often quirky but always entertained. This book seemed to have nothing but long winded diversions into explanatory pieces.
There's a good chance that if you took out these pieces the books would be about half the size it actually it. And don't get me started on the footnotes.
This was, sadly, a very boring book and one of the few Audible books I have regretted buying. It's not Audible's fault. It's just a very boring book.
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