I have loved Douglas Adams' work since the BBC radio broadcast of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast in instalments on CBC in the late 70s. HGTTG has been my road-trip companion since recordings were available. It takes a special kind of confidence and skill to add to that canon without making a complete hash of things, and I think Colfer manages not to make a complete hash of things in And Another Thing. One disconcerting feature, though, specific to listening to the audiobook. Without knowing how close to the end of the book we were, about half a dozen times, at the end of a chapter I assumed it was the end of the book, and anticipated credits rolling next. Nope, on to the next chapter. Does this mean the book went on too long? Not necessarily, but this says something about the story arc. I enjoyed the subplot of the son of Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, Constant Mown (listening, of course this arrives in the head as Constant Moan), a manifestation of Vogon evolution beginning, who has to hide his greater agility and empathy in order to survive inside The Business End, Jeltz's ship. And the Norse Gods are reliable characters...
To say that it's a horrible book would be a lie. It does have its moments that make it cute and ha-ha, but the lack of Marvin himself, and one vague reference to Marvin. It just wasn't enough to get past the annoying guide notes that were way to prolific in the book. I can only hope that this will be the last, and let Douglas's legacy stand on its own.
An American version of an Englishman.
Fans of the original Hitchhiker's Guide, beware! This well-intentioned continuation gamely attempts to capture the cleverness of the original, but at the expense of the story. Colfer does not manage to balance the clever asides with story-telling, and, unfortunately, this leads to a slow-paced, opaque story that fails to entertain.
A worthy tribute to Douglas Adams and a fun read.
funny and entertaining, out of the box ideas, silly word plays haha
I like Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, but he really should have left The Hitchhiker's Guide series alone, he just kept trying to write like Douglas Adams and failing- no one can write like him. This was painful to read, though I guess it's nice to know that the characters were saved from their demise at the end of Mostly Harmless. sigh Poor Arthur can never get a break.
The 6th book in the "Guide" Trilogy... a humourous read. Rounds out the series in a clever, though more linear way than Adams' books. For those who are skeptical, it was not as good as "Hitchhiker's", but better than the not-as-good ones of Adams' own writing.
I went into this book wondering whether I would even finish it. I didn't see how the author of Artemis Fowl could have nearly the wit and invention of Douglas Adams. I acknowledged that the writing style did not have to have a carbon copy, but I wanted it to at least make me feel like I was reading another book in the series with the same characters. Fortunately, 40 pages in I had no doubt that this book was more than worthy of it's predecessors.
One of the best additions to the series were the sporadic Guide Notes throughout. Reading the series I always wished that I could get a copy of the actual Hitchhiker's Guide, and lo and behold, book six contains "excerpts" directly from it, filled with humorous information about the universe.
But even without the added Guide Notes, book six in the trilogy certainly stands out. The humor may not be a shot for shot remake of Adams', but it still had me laughing out loud a majority of the time.
If you are planning on stopping with the last Adams book, my suggestion is to change your mind right now. Eoin Colfer is a wonderful writer, and I'm very glad he decided to write a sixth novel.
Oh, And Another Thing... DON'T PANIC!
There were times that I had think back and try to remember what was Eoin Colfer's idea and what was Douglas Adams. Although a few hints of his signature writing style pop up in the book I found this novel to be a great read and worthy of being named the sixth novel in the epic series. A must-read for all Douglas Adams fans!
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