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And Another Thing... (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #6)

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Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident.

Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been bl
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published October 12th 2009 by Hyperion (first published 2009)
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Lo No. I thought books 2-5 had already lost the charm of the first one, but Colfer's imitation was just down-right cheap.
Wesley James In my opinion, it's just a more professional fan-fiction, although Colfer did get permission from Adam's family, and used notes (i think?) written by…moreIn my opinion, it's just a more professional fan-fiction, although Colfer did get permission from Adam's family, and used notes (i think?) written by Adams. However, it doesn't stay true to the style, and Colfer adds way too much of his own touch, so I would say it's definitaly more of a fan-fiction than an actual part of the canon.
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Scribble Orca
Jan 22, 2013 Scribble Orca rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
Am I becoming old?
Am I losing my sense of humour?
Most likely.
Am I disappointed that Eoin Colfer can't carry a candle to the late great departed Mr Adams?
Yes. The bugger.

I was conned. I was ripped off. I dreamed of dolphins and instead I got sardines.

And Arthur wasn't even wearing his dressing gown.

And that reminds me, wasn't Zaphod a brunette?

And another thing...a seventh book would be killing the overkill, Mr Colfer. Please don't.
Ben Babcock
There are some great moments in this book, moments worthy of quotation. There is tea; there are gods; there is Vogon bureaucracy and Vogon poetry. And Another Thing... sublimely embraces the h2g2 universe by grabbing hold of it by the scruff of its neck and shaking it vigorously until more characters and random plot events fall out.

And I didn't like it.

See, h2g2's humorous nexus of improbable events with zany characters is the icing on an already delicious cake. My attraction to The Hitchhiker's
Henry Avila
Things looked bleak in the last episode of our space saga, the Earth was to be no more, again, annihilated by bloodthirsty, heartless, repulsive aliens ( no not the Vogons, they come later), but have faith, ladies and gentlemen, that the intrepid gang, somehow, will survive this catastrophe ... they do. Saved by an unlikely combination of renegade former Galactic President, Zaphod Beeblebrox ( never saw a buck he didn't like), who has lost his head, but not to worry, still has another, and the g ...more
Dan Schwent
Mar 13, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: funny, 2010
Arthur, Random, Trillian, and Ford are rescued from the unrealities the Hitchhiker's Guide Mark II placed them in and then rescued by Zaphod Beeblebrox as the earth is getting destroyed yet again. The reunited crew is then saved from certain death by an immortal dedicated to insulting every sentient being in the galaxy. Things go pear-shaped when Arthur learns of a colony of earthlings on a planet near Magrathea and the Vogon Constructor Fleet bent on finishing what they started. Not a terribly ...more
I was kind of scared to read this book. Actually, I was very scared, but I was also very excited--and then I read the forward. It was wonderful. Eoin Colfer knows he's not Douglas Adams, and he knows that his contribution to the trilogy won't be the same or mean the same thing to the readers. But he also clearly knows and appreciates his Hitchhiker's Guide, and he's funny.

So I read the book. It was nice right away, because the characters weren't all dead. Then the story took off on its own inte
Good things come in threes. While reading Great North Road I found out that my wife was pregnant! While reading And Another Thing... I got offered a promotion at work! Things are looking good :-) What will the next book bring?
How many other H2G2 fans saw this release and went “Woah! That’s so... No. ” *shakes head*

I loved the Hitchikers Guide passionately as a child, and Dirk Gently too – I’ve got Starship Titanic (and the PC game) – as well as The Salmon of Doubt and The Meaning of Liff.
Jay Daze
Nov 06, 2009 Jay Daze rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf, library-book
It's just wrong.

I opened And Another Thing... which Adams' widow commissioned Colfer to write with a sinking feeling and reading it has done nothing to dispel the disquiet. As much as I'd love to have another Douglas Adams' book (Hitchhikers or something else) this isn't it. There is no way it could be. Colfer gives it a valiant try. He's got the humour, he needs work on his digressions, doesn't really have that sharp organizing idea that Adams seemed to somehow structure his books around. (So
Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it did not like it
I don't read many books that scarcely deserve only a single star, mostly I give them up. But having paid full price for this hardback, and having been such a fan of the Hitchhikers Guide series I made myself finish it. I wouldn't let myself read any other books until this was finished, and its taken a while.

I thought that the quality of the writing, the stale gags and the constant and irrelevant interruptions of 'Guide' entries were the pits. It read like amateur fan fiction by a group of collab
Aug 22, 2015 Ryan rated it it was ok
The Good:
There were a few funny moments and interesting ideas. Plus the characters all reminded me of the ones originally created by Douglas Adams. On the whole it was a fair imitation.

The Bad:
It felt like it was trying far too hard to be clever, and ended up reading like some intelligent child's contribution to the newspaper of an expensive school. This book also gave me the uncomfortable feeling that the fondly remembered originals in the series might not stand up so well to a reread almost th
Emma Thompson
Nov 30, 2011 Emma Thompson rated it did not like it
To say that I disliked this book would be an understatement. I have only finished this book because I despise leaving books unfinished. Now, I told myself when I sat down to read it that I had to judge this book on two criteria, I had to judge it as a novel in it's own right and I have to judge it as a hitchhikers book, but as I read the only point I kept coming back to is that this is an awful hitchhikers book, miles worse then any Douglas Adams wrote. It completely lacks the wit and sparkle of ...more
Eric Allen
Apr 19, 2016 Eric Allen rated it did not like it
I've been putting this book off for seven years... I could have gone another seven without picking it up and been all the happier for it.

I've not been able to dig up much on how this book came to be. It doesn't appear to have been based upon any notes left behind by the late and always great Douglas Adams, creator of the series, and comic genius. And I'm not really sure how this author came to write this book, and why it was written when it was. 4 years AFTER the latest film adaptation of the f
Nov 03, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Shameless money grab or loving homage to the genius of Douglas Adams?

"And Another Thing..." is a bit of both actually. To celebrate 30 years of the genius that is "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," we've got a new installment in the increasingly mis-labeled trilogy of books by Adams. Eoin Colfer was given the nod to write the book and approval by the estate of Adams to create this sixth installment so that book had that going for it. But given that Adams had pretty neatly wrapped up his most fa
If you pay close attention, Colfer tells you exactly what you can expect from this book right at the beginning, using a well-chosen quote from Douglas Adams: “The storm had now definitely abated, and what thunder there was now grumbled over more distant hills, like a man saying 'And another thing...' twenty minutes after admitting he'd lost the argument.” (So Long and Thanks for All the Fish)

As Adams well knew, the phrase "And another thing..." is superfluous. It is said by the person who just c
Jul 28, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
In this sixth book in the increasingly inappropriately named Hitchhikers Trilogy, we are treated once again to the very funny exploits of doomed earth-man Arthur Dent and his pals. This book is actually the first in the series not written by the now late, but still great, Douglas Adams. Filling in for him is Eoin Colfer, a man best known for his kids & teen books, but still quite a nice fellow.

In fact, during most of my time spent reading this book, I could quite easily forget that I wasn't
This book starts at a disadvantage: I don't think Douglas Adams should have written a sixth volume, and I certainly don't think anyone else should, even with the encouragement of his widow and daughter.

Eoin Colfer is a successful author of children's books, and this reads like a young adult pastiche of Adams: the Bantally tree can perform hexes when it isn't hibernating, which sounds more like something from Harry Potter. Various things happen, but I'm not sure I'd describe it as a plot.

Oct 26, 2009 Purple rated it it was ok
Sad to say this is a terrible book. It gets two stars instead of one merely for being based on a great idea, and that is in no thanks to its author.

This book, basically, didn't have to be written. The Hitchhikers series was Douglas Adams', and Douglas Adams' alone. If someone had to finish it off then it should have been someone who would give it the love it deserved. Jasper Fforde springs to mind, as does Grant Morrison, although that may have been a bit too weird.

The guide notes here are terri
Sorry for having to state the obvious here: This is not a book by Douglas Adams.
The main difference is that Douglas wrote SF with a portion of (wonderful) humor, while Eoin Colfer has written a comedy with SF elements. Still a really entertaining read, and the many references to the other Hitchhiker books made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, so much that the fourth star is for merely sentimental reasons.

The last book in the series will now be "Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to
Simon Mcleish
Oct 05, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in July 2010.

I borrowed this book from the library expecting to hate it. Even though I didn't like the end of the Hitchhiker series as it stood at Douglas Adams' death, I couldn't imagine anyone else continuing it in the way that he might have been able to (if he'd overcome the blocks he experienced in the later part of his writing career). I'd also read Artemis Fowl, which made Colfer's name, and didn't think much of it.

And, when And Another Thing... came ou
Jan 09, 2011 Zarkseven rated it liked it
So this frood named Eoin Colfer, well known for his Artemis Fowl children’s books, was asked by the widow of the late great Douglas Adams to “finish” the Hitchhiker’s Guide series. Finish H2G2?! Well doesn’t that just take the biscuit! What do you call Mostly Harmless, for Zark’s sake!?

Actually, I don’t care about all that. Hitchhiker’s Guide isn’t sacred, and has appeared in so many forms that it’s almost too difficult to count. That Colfer was approached by Adams’ widow Jane Belson, not the ot
Aug 11, 2011 Anders rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
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Oct 15, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it
Colfer took on a daunting task in continuing a much beloved series, and I think for the most part he succeeded. This book is at times unevenly paced, has dialogue more meant as a vehicle for jokes than exposition, and meanders all over the place, all of which fit it right into the existing trilogy.

Arthur and Ford are a bit pushed to the side, perhaps because Colfer quite reasonably doesn't feel comfortable writing them, but Zaphod's antics ring true. Trillian, too, seems right, although Random
Jul 17, 2015 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
An acceptable footnote to the Hitchhiker's series. Eoin Colfer is one of the few that would have the voice to pull this off, and he did so surprisingly well. The "Guide" entries that break up the main narrative were his weak spot, as he doesn't quite have the ear for place names that Adams did, and it shows.

The main narrative, however, is sweet and stirring, and lives up to what this book truly is - a wrapping up and an homage. The characters fit nicely into expected roles and the dialog is swi
Jun 25, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok
It had its moments. Some of them were funny, and I would say that Colfer got the characters down pretty well. I kind of liked this book, but it really dragged too much. Adams would get off track and meander and get rather zany and random, but it worked for him. With this one, not as much. I think if it had been condensed to about half its length, it would have worked much better. Adams always seemed to know just how much was just the right amount...
Apr 25, 2013 Laura rated it did not like it
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Sequel to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. With Stephen Mangan.

Definitively this is not my cup of tea.
Feb 02, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
And Another Thing... is billed as the sixth book of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series (a trilogy in four five parts), though it was not written by Douglas Adams but instead by Eoin Colfer. Now, perhaps I had my expectations a little high. After all, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Restaurant at the End of the Universe rank among my top-ten books of all time. Maybe even my top five. They are, in a word, exceptional.

Colfer is clearly a huge fan of the series. His references are
Mar 19, 2013 Joely rated it did not like it
"Whoa! the hitchhiker's guide is back!" That was was one of many exciting thoughts that rolled through my head when I heard of a 6th book in the works. Even though my honest and naive excitement was thrilling, i still had my creeping suspicions about how the commissioned author would present a story and characters i so enjoyed.

Though when i finally dove into the text, my fears and anxieties were reassured. The content of the story, while interesting in itself, seemed a shadow of it's former self
Sep 28, 2011 Ian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, boring, comic
1.5 stars for the effort, but Colfer's book reads more like fanfiction set in the HHGG universe rather than a proper new novel and conclusion. Most elements and gags are recycled from older stories, giving it a feel of a 'best of' where you keep retreading the same tracks rather than visiting something new. It doesn't help that the notes from the Guide, an important part of the previous books, here feel like annoying intermissions that break up the pacing rather than well-thought diversions that ...more
Phillip Brooks
Mar 22, 2012 Phillip Brooks rated it it was ok
Mea culpa, I am an enormous Douglas Adams fan. I had low expectations for this book and I was not won over by the time I'd finished reading it.

While Eoin Colfer does an excellent job of trying to pick up the abandoned threads where Mostly Harmless stagnated and stalled. Instead of resolving those threads in this book, the story seems to turn inwards. There is no real movement forward with the overall tale. It reads like fan fiction from the least popular age of a show.

Had this been written by Do
Timothy Hinkle
Feb 12, 2011 Timothy Hinkle rated it liked it
And Another Thing makes a nicer end for Hitchhiker's than Mostly Harmless did, which, as I gather, was the point of having it written. Colfer's writing doesn't read like Adams's which is good because Colfer's own style is reasonably pleasant and I've read enough things by people pretending (unsuccessfully) to be Douglas Adams to last me Wowbagger's lifetime and bad because the reason I picked up the book was that I wanted to read a new Douglas Adams novel (alas, a thing that is not to be). Colfe ...more
Sean Randall
Nov 17, 2009 Sean Randall rated it it was ok
perhaps I am atypical - let's scratch that and start over, shall we? I am atypical when it comes to many things: the Hitchhikers guide to The Galaxy is one of them. Or 6, if we're being both pedantic and relatively modern.

This means that unlike practically everyone else that's read them in my circle, I didn't find the books to be howling mad, nonstop laugh out loud factor material. of course they were very good, Douglas Adams was a superb storyteller. Interestingly enough, perhaps my favourite o
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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Other Books in the Series

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (6 books)
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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4)
  • Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5)

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