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And Another Thing

Sixth in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy."

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Missing the improbable

  • Feb 25, 2010
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Nobody, but nobody, writes like Douglas Adams wrote. His Hitchhiker's books are rife with logical leaps of impossibility, wry wit, and seemingly-random turns of events that somehow all come together in the end. 'Improbable' doesn't even begin to describe it.

Eoin Colfer's effort in 'And Another Thing...' to continue the story of wayward Earthling Arthur Dent (who keeps getting planets blown up from underneath his feet) and his spaceborne companions Trillian, Ford Prefect, and Zaphod Beeblebrox is a solid attempt to continue in the tradition Adams left. When I bought it, it was described to me as 'fan fiction - but GOOD fan fiction,' and that description fits just fine. It works. Even though it is missing the real belly-laugh moments and the passages that make me read and re-read them to fully grasp the elegance of the wit from the previous books, it still works. It's entertaining and fun to read.

The basic premise follows Arthur as he continues to try to find his place in the Universe and a decent cup of tea. The Vogons are still trying to destroy the Earth and finding it difficult as different versions of it keep cropping up. Meanwhile a small colony of Earthlings on another planet is recruiting gods, and the interview process is a real killer. Zaphod is no longer President of the Galaxy and Arthur's daughter Random wants to be. Ford is feeling pretty froody in general. Trillian is trying to connect with Random and falling for rude aliens (again). Arthur, meanwhile, just wants to find a place where he can relax.

These characters and situations come across in 'And Another Thing...' and they feel familiar. Eoin Colfer deserves a lot of credit for that. But there's still something missing - because nobody writes like Douglas Adams did.

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September 28, 2010
It sounds like something that would be best enjoyed if you found it within the pages of a fanzine rather than in something you brought home from a bookstore because, as you said, nobody writes like Douglas Adams did but a clever fan attempt could always be appreciated.
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review by . May 25, 2010
   Here is the sixth, and latest, installment in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy," created by Douglas Adams. It was also published with the approval of Adams’ widow. Arthur Dent has made his way back to Earth, but it isn’t "his" Earth. The Vogons, with the extremely bad poetry, are working on destroying all possible versions of Earth, so Arthur must take off, again. Ford Prefect, writer for the Guide, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, former president …
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At long last, the motley band from Douglas Adams's renowned five-book Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy have returned, thanks to Artemis Fowl author Colfer. When the Vogons return to finish obliterating Earth in our universe and all alternatives, Arthur Dent and his companions find themselves hitchhiking on the spacefaring Viking longship of Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, an immortal with a death wish who is an expert at mass insults. Readers may find this volume paradoxical. On its own it is a funny novel, but Adams set a legendary, nearly impossible standard. Wacky humor reminiscent of the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rings true, as do most of the characters, but newer elements, such as the brief appearance of Cthulhu, feel out of place. Most notably absent is the supreme inventiveness that hit us with the Infinite Improbability Drive, and the comic-sublime moments like Arthur flying with Fenchurch. You can't go home again, but Adams fans will still appreciate the reunion with old friends.

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ISBN-10: 1401323588
ISBN-13: 9781401323585
Author: Eoin Colfer
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Date Published: 2009
Format: hardcover
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