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And Another Thing

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

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And Another Thing is really worth reading

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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 of the Galaxy, are still around. Tricia McMillan is a former TV reporter who ran away with Zaphod, just before the Earth was destroyed. She changed her name to Trillian, and used some of Arthur’s DNA to have Random, a daughter. Random is very smart, and has taken teenage surliness to new levels.

A small remnant of humanity has made its way to a planet called Nano, run by an Irish property developer named Hunter Hillman. He feels that the humans need a god to worship. The Norse God Thor is one of the applicants. A being named Wowbagger travels around the galaxy handing out insults on various planets. What follows is a titanic battle involving Wowbagger, Thor and a cheese-based deity.

For die-hard fans of the series, concerned that no one could do it like Adams, relax. Colfer is a veteran author who knows what he is doing, and it shows here. For those new to the series, read one or two of the early books first, and then read this. It’s really worth reading.
 

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review by . February 25, 2010
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, …
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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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