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 traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.
Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate. Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up...again.
And Another Thing... is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.
Life, the universe, and everything: listen to the rest of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series and related titles.
©2009 Eoin Colfer and Completely Unexpected Productions Ltd.; (P)2009 Hyperion
To get the obvious out of the way, Eoin Colfer is not Douglas Adams. The writing style of this new book is not quite the same as the first 5. That being said it is very clear that Eoin was immersed in the original material and does a very credible tribute to the work of Douglas Adams. With Simon Jones reading it was at almost possible to forget that this book was not penned by Douglas himself.
Now on to the book itself, we start where Mostly Harmless left off; Earth is just about to end again. And Author is about to take off on a new trip around the universe with many of the old favorite characters either joining or making a cameo appearance.
Like the previous reviewer, my only complaint is that the book references the previous 5 books too often and in ways that does not flow well. I found myself often being broken out of the story with some far too unnecessary self reference. It is a odd sensation to be both slightly annoyed because I was jarred out of the flow, yet fondly remembering the original.
Overall, I would say if you are a fan of the original series by Douglas Adams, you will love this last revisit of universe where 42 means everything. If you are not familiar with Douglas Adams, what is wrong with you? Audible has nearly his complete works right here. Go listen The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and then come back to this book.
To Eoin Colfer fans, which is a group I count myself in. This is neither Artemis Fowl nor intended for a child audience. Do not purchase for your kids by mistake. On the other hand if like myself you read Eoin Colfer because despite his books being listed for kids, you find them witty, fun, and exciting, I think you will quite enjoy this new book, but I would still recommend that you listen to the original stories first.
As the world's most rabid Douglas Adams fan, I was horrified to learn that Eoin Colfer had blasphemously been asked to extend the sacred Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Thus, I went into this book with the most biased opinion imaginable, mostly to see just how bad of a cock-up it was going to be. Instead of finding the voluminous reasons to hate this novel which I fully expected, I discovered a wonderfully written, lovingly crafted story full of the same wit and charm we loved so much in Adams. Colfer has removed himself nearly entirely, channeling Adams from beyond the grave more perfectly than I would have assumed possible. The respect he has given to the author in doing so has not gone unnoticed by this reader. Well done sir. Very well done indeed.
I had no idea that Eoin Colfer had been tapped to continue the Hitchhiker series. I was checking to see if there was a new Artemis Fowl book yet and saw this... had to have it. Fantastic listen! The reader deserves a full 5 stars, but I marked the book at 4 simply because of a few nitpicky things. Colfer seems to be trying too hard at times - a few too many "guide notes," the footnotes we all know and love, and names that are so ridiculous they remind me of the later Xanth books. I don't mean just odd names, I mean names that are supposed to be funny because they sound like what the person has done. You'll hear what I mean.
Bottom line is this - if Brandon Sanderson does half as good a job finishing The Wheel Of Time series and Colfer has done here, there are going to be a lot of happy Jordan fans.
Simon Jones does a great job of bring Eion Coffer's characters, whom he uses just as well as Douglas Adams often did, to tell a much needed better ending to Mostly Harmless. I loved Douglas, but he is dead...why should his wonderful universe go with him? This is sharp and funny in almost all respect...I especially love the Hillman Hunter character and the Vogon with a conscience, and of course Balric Wallbanger. It was a little slow in the Zaphod bits, but Zaphod was always the least interesting of Douglas's characters, there is a reason his role was limited after the second book. I'm glad Marvin didn't come back...Douglas made it clear he was dead, but Douglas himself admitted he was in a bad depression when he wrote the last book, and was working on a 6th book when he died, so obviously he was planning to reverse the travesty that was Mostly Harmless. Eion Coffer is a great writer...I hope he does another book in the same universe...he stepped into some big shoes...and he pulled it off. Douglas would be proud is he wasn't busy being dead...which I am told is a time consuming event. Coffer was loyal to Douglas characters to almost a fault...he didn't bring Dirk Gently's universe into the Asgard of Hitchhiker's, as Douglas always made it clear that they were not connected universes. And, I hate to say it...and Douglas would probably admit it, but Coffer is better at writing women than Adams...although he is not quite the same level of wit...after all, he's not Douglas, but a very worthy heir.
Simon Jones is such an excellent voice actor and I don't really have any complaints about his performance, except for maybe Zaphod's voice. Balric was hilarious, and Arthur lived on. They could not have picked a better voice actor to do this book...Simon Jones HAD to do this audio book, really.
So, quit whining and enjoy...Douglas is dead...but his universe lives on!
I'm 3/4 through and I'm enjoying it very much. A great tribute to Douglas that wouldn't be the same without Simon Jones narrating. Don't Panic and don't forget Towel Day May 25th! I've always enjoyed anything by Douglas Adams and this really has a real Adams flavor to it. Open a Goggles Beer, sit down beside Schick Brithouse and enjoy.
Arthur Douglas W.
Due to a glitch in the production, a section of the book is in the wrong place which sort of plays havoc with the flow of the story.
Otherwise, it is a 5 star production. It helps A LOT to have Simon Jones (Arthur Dent in the radio productions) reading this book; he does the voices so perfectly.
Colfer has done an excellent job of using Adams' stories, the BBC radio performances and the Dirk Gently themes to craft an excellent sixth part to the Hitchhiker's Trilogy. If you were disappointed with the ending of the book version of "Mostly Harmless" be sure to listen to the radio version of Mostly Harmless then immediately move on to this book ... you won't be disappointed.
When somebody attempts to continue in the footsteps of a deceased author, there are often challenges to either stay too close to the original, or to take the series to places that don't fit the original spirit. Thankfully Eoin Colfer has found a great mix of old and new premises re-capture the essence of Douglas Adams's classic trilogy (in 5 parts).
While some of the writing style is clearly different, it's not distracting enough to seem out of place. Colfer has his own voice, and his own sense of humor so his take on Hitchhiker is refreshing.
I'm a huge fan of the series, so I look forward to seeing the series continue.
Along with another reviewer here, I also had the impression that Colfer channeled Douglas Adams (maybe the universe has cooked up a bit of irony and given Mr. Adams another incarnation, maybe not). I've read and listened to Adams' originals many times and have also enjoyed some of Colfer's earlier books quite a bit, but he really did something different from his own stuff here that is very consistent with the original style of the Hitchhikers series. Sounds like Adams was considering reviving the characters for a less depressing round with the Earth slightly less blown up, and I think he would have approved. What fan wouldn't have wanted Adams to have been able to write forever, but this is such a loved series it's nice to see it reach a little further into immortality.
The book has its ups and downs, I like Thor, the cows, and Beeblebrox.... But overall this book was a letdown. I felt like the author wanted to see how far he could possibly stretch the improbability theorem.
Douglas Adams had the skill of making you believe things which this author could not replicate.
Skip this book.
I listen to audio books while doing things around the house. While wondering the house my family asked me several times what I was laughing about.
I loved this book. Eoin Colfer did an excellent job and I hope he continues with a 7th, 8th, 9th etc.
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