- Hardcover: 358 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1 edition (13 October 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401323588
- ISBN-13: 978-1401323585
- ASIN: 0718155149
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
- Customer Reviews: 307 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
And Another Thing Hardcover – 13 October 2009
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An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea . .
Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident.
Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released and colourfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course he has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
Arthur has, though, finally made it home to Earth. But that does not mean he has escaped his fate.
For Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa are evaporating along with the world's oceans. Because no sooner has he arrived than he finds out that Earth is about to be blown up.....again.
And Another Thing ... is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth instalment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Eoin Colfer. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favourite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer and at least one very large slab of cheese.
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Overall great plot, great writing and really like the characters both new and old.
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As a massive H2G2 fan, I was dubious about this book coming out - did it really need to be written? I'm not so sure, though it is based on notes and plans made by Douglas Adams (as you will see if you read the Salmon of Doubt - highly recommended incidentally).
Eoin Colfer is a very gifted and able writer, but his main area is teen fiction, and unfortunately that shows in this book. There are some clever ideas, but the humour never really gets beyond the adolescent, which is a big let-down for Adams fans. It is this that is the major let-down, rather than the storyline, which holds up reasonably well but drifts into subject areas that as a Hitchhiker's reader, you're not totally comfortable with.
In short, it's an OK book, and I suspect most H2G2 fans will purchase to complete the set. Did it need to be written? By Adams, perhaps, but anyone else? No.
I began to think that I must have misunderstood the earlier parts. Just a lack of consistency - or maybe I'm getting too old and just don't get it.
All credit to Eoin Colfer for keeping the whole thing alive but I think Douglas Adams was the only person who could get the balance just right.
I was part of the radio audience for the first ever transmission of the first episode and enjoyed every second of all 5 phases. Perhaps my expectations were too high but this didn't inspire any of the delight I found in phases 1 - 5
Imagine your favourite characters from the original books (and a load of minor ones that you're not really interested in) all brought back together, given awful dialogue, and a painfully drawn-out narrative that is constantly interrupted by a new, boring, irritating, facsimile of the guide (i'm not talking about V2, that disappears almost immediately). It's really really bad.
At one point Zaphod stops halfway through a set piece because he can't remember what he's doing or why he's there. That's how I felt with this book. Please don't buy it. They'll only write more of them if you do. An insult to Douglas, and when you think about it, outrageously arrogant of the Author to think that he could chuck another instalment on the end. Sir, if you read this, you should be ashamed of yourself.