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And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer
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Mar 13, 11

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Read from September 07 to 09, 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 unusual day for Arthur Dent...

Eoin Colfer raped my childhood! Just kidding. After buying this book, I have to admit I suffered from a bit of buyer's remorse. It sat unread on my bookshelf for almost a year. I even thought about getting rid of it unread. What if Colfer introduced a Jar Jar Binks and forever tainted my beloved Hitchhiker's Guide? After a reference to Doctor Who's special effects and an appearance by Cthulhu, I was convinced I made the right choice by reading it.

And Another Thing brings the old gang back together in Hitchhiker style. While it's not as good as some of Douglas Adams's works, it's better than the last one. Colfer does a good job capturing the Hitchhiker feel. The relationships between Trillian and Wowbagger, Arthur and Random, and Zaphod and Ford rang true. There were some hilarious bits of dialogue and the plot seemed like something Adams himself would have done.

So why only a three? First, the story felt unnecessary and Colfer had the unenviable task of bringing the characters back after the events of the last boook. Second, it just wasn't that great. The footnotes weren't as funny as Adams' and felt a little forced. Arthur probably could have been left out completely. Colfer just isn't Douglas Adams, although he gave it a good shot.

I'm not exactly recommending this to Hitchhiker fans but I wouldn't say it sucked either. For what it was, it was the best we could reasonably expect.
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message 1: by Jenny (new)

Jenny I'm a die-hard Douglas fan too and not sure anyone has the right to take over another's story. I'll need to think long and hard before picking this up. Great review by the way.
J


message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Schwent Jenny wrote: "I'm a die-hard Douglas fan too and not sure anyone has the right to take over another's story. I'll need to think long and hard before picking this up. Great review by the way.
J"


Thanks. It would have been easier to read if Colfer had come up with his own characters and set the story in Adams's universe rather than messing with our beloved Arthur Dent and company.


message 3: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Excellent point. New characters would have made the story his own. That's what has bugged me most about this : high jacking well-established characters - characters that are in essence Adams himself - feels like theft.

J


message 4: by Bob (new)

Bob Milne It's one thing to write within another author's literary world, but another thing entirely to try and recapture the magic of that author's characters.

I just can't bring myself to give this is a chance.


message 5: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Schwent Bob wrote: "It's one thing to write within another author's literary world, but another thing entirely to try and recapture the magic of that author's characters.

I just can't bring myself to give this is a c..."


It's not horrible but there won't be a void in your life if you never read it.


message 6: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Bob summed up my feelings exactly. I'm sure readers not faithful to Adams would love this.

J


message 7: by Henry (new)

Henry Avila Received all five of the series for Christmas( read three so far),Dan, so this one is worth getting too? Is my favorite character Marvin, in it ? Not in the 5th, I understand.


message 8: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Schwent Henry wrote: "Received all five of the series for Christmas( read three so far),Dan, so this one is worth getting too? Is my favorite character Marvin, in it ? Not in the 5th, I understand."

I'd pass on this one. It wasn't bad but I was happier with the way the fifth book ended.


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