And Another Thing

And Another Thing

Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Part Six of Three

Book - 2009
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You may not have noticed, but there's something stirring in the Galaxy...

Despite the efforts of the Vogons, and even those of a more-than-typically troubled teenager, the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy continues, much to the delight of its fans (and to the annoyance of the Vogons).

And Another Thing , the 6th book in the Hitchhiker's trilogy, or rather 'double trilogy' as it has now become, is to be written by the brilliantly funny Eoin Colfer, international number-one bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl novels . Colfer is not unaccustomed to strange going-ons and far-fetched story-lines with his celebrated Artemis Fowl novels . Widow Jane Belson said of Eoin Colfer, 'I love his books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod and Marvin to pastures new.'

Douglas Adams himself once said: 'I suspect at some point in the future I will write a sixth Hitchhiker book. Five seems to be a wrong kind of number, six is a better kind of number.'

Colfer, a fan of Hitchhiker since his schooldays, said:
 

"I have decided to embark on a very different project. Something unique that I hope will interest you as much as it does me. I have written the official 6th book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series. Most of you have probably already read Douglas Adams' insanely brilliant space series. If you haven't then you don't know funny. Take it from me, the Hitchhiker books are bar none the funniest sci-fi books ever written. People have laughed so much reading Hitchhikers that they have had to have organs removed. One guy in France popped an eyeball. I kid you not.

So, what's it all about, this Hitchhikers, I hear you cry. Actually I don't hear you, if I did I would be sitting outside in your driveway, which would be a bit freaky and show how few friends I have. What's it all about, this Hitchhikers, I imagine you cry. It's about Arthur Dent, one of the last humans left alive after the Earth has been destroyed by the remorseless Vogons. Arthur manages to hitch a ride on a spaceship and go planet hopping with his friends Ford Prefect, the Betelgeusean journalist. Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two headed president of the galaxy, pirate and worst dressed man in the universe. And Marvin, the paranoid andriod.

All this hitching and adventuring went on for five books and then Douglas Adams passed away before he could write book six. Hitchhiker has been heard on radio, seen on tv and enjoyed on the cinema screen, there was even a musical version. But the story could never end, until now. I am going to continue on where Douglas left off. Unfortunately for me, he left off on rather a large cliffhanger. Everyone was dead. Which means I have rather a large challenge ahead of me, but it is one I am looking forward to.

I really hope you will board the spaceship with me so we can travel through Douglas Adams' hilarious galaxy together, which will save me having to hang around in your driveway.

See you at Barnard's Star."

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group (Canada), 2009.
ISBN: 9780670063901
0670063908
Branch Call Number: COLFE
Characteristics: xi, 339 p.
Additional Contributors: Adams, Douglas 1952-2001.

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Veepea Jan 10, 2012

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 thei... Read More »


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NealWSyrette
Feb 06, 2017

An American version of an Englishman.

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UncutPiano9
Jun 26, 2013

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.

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ANITRA L FREEMAN
Jun 18, 2013

A worthy tribute to Douglas Adams and a fun read.

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monikak1
Jun 12, 2012

funny and entertaining, out of the box ideas, silly word plays haha

Veepea Jan 10, 2012

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.

benvizy Aug 23, 2011

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!

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hil_elrick
Apr 22, 2011

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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orion98
Oct 09, 2010

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's not Adams, of course, but I felt that it fit with Adams' later Hitchhiker's books fairly well.

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coolx777
Aug 24, 2010

The book is pretty boring from the first page all the way to the end.............

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