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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"A Very Decent Effort"
Like many people I approached this with some trepidation. For me the first three Hitch Hikers Guide books were seminal works of my youth. There's no doubt that the concept deserved to breathe again but it had seemed to me that even the wonderful Douglas Adams was struggling a bit with the last one.
What swayed me to buy it was the involvement of Simon Jones, his portrayal of Arthur was always going to be worth listening to again! And so it proved, hearing Arthur's almost permanently confused voice once more was pure gold and overall he does a very good job of narration.
The book itself and the story? I think it was a fine effort, gloriously silly in true HHG style and Colfer managed to capture the Adams humour nicely. The side notes are humourous just like the guide entries in the original stories but possibly were a bit too frequent for my taste and could have been toned down a little. The further development of the Vogons was a particular highlight for me.
I'm in the category of fans that believes Adams produced an absolute masterpiece with the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and no-one is going to match it. But I'll admit that master Colfer has made a thoroughly decent job of breathing new life into these characters.
For anyone new to the series I can't imagine starting here would be the best advice . . . I'd strongly suggest going back to read the previous books first and if still enjoying them you'll get much more our of this one.
Being a fan of the previous books the final book dose a impressive job of creating the same hitchhikers universe that we all love :)
"I regretfully have to say that I hate this book..."
It's not the writing I hate, Eoin Colfer is obviously a creative, inventive and talented writer. I just HATE this story. This brought nothing to the world of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It took the characters I know and love and put them in a stupid story.
Why the hell were the Norse Gods in this book? Is it because Thor is currently fashionable due to the Marvel movies? I just don't get it.
Perhaps if this story had featured new characters and simply been set in the Hitchhikers universe I would have liked it better.
"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.
"A Thin Excuse For A HHGTTG Story"
It is not the fault of Simon Jones and his characterisations that this fifth part of the trilogy is a shadow of the four earlier audiobooks based on BBC programmes. Eoin Colfer failed miserably to find any of the whimsy and invention of Douglas Adams when nailing this story together and it is flatter than any kipper.
This book feels like Eoin Colfer has tried to cram lots of references to things that happened in the previous books - so many as to make it feel almost like he had a list of them and was determined to work them in somehow. Maybe he loves the Douglas Adams books; maybe he thought he'd appeal to the fans. Either way, they start to feel gratuitous - as do the footnotes. There are so many!
The narrator has Arthur Dent bang on, but is channelling The Fonz for Zaphod Beeblebrox.
"As close as you can come ...."
Among the top ones
The original Adams series
He takes You straight back to the end of book 5
The way the book starts and explain why our friends are dead and then keeps the story going as you imagine Adams would have is brilliant
As a true hitchhiker I love this and cant wait to continue the adventure
I thought it was very funny and ingenious almost as good as Douglas Adams. Perfect
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