And Another Thing...
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 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 blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.
Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate.
Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up . . . again.
And Another Thing . . . is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.
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In this book, Colfer accomplishes at least three impossible things, presumably before breakfast. Firstly and most vitally, he depicts the major characters from the previous five books in a manner most convincingly Adamsian. Secondly, he puts them in new situations which are, while not nearly believable, at just the proper level of absurdist implausibility to flow on with the series as a whole. Finally and perhaps most vitally, he somehow manages to capture the ethereally lighthearted mood of the series and distill it into a book which is nearly as enjoyable as the original trilogy, and quite arguably better than the later works. In brief, Colfer does an unbeatable Adams impression, on paper at least. In the audio version, he is aided in this by the spot-on performance of Simon Jones, the original Arthur himself.
At this point, you may well be forgiven for thinking that I'm an uncritical dullard and utter bastard, unworthy to appreciate the genius of Douglas Adams. Perhaps this is so, but this is the first and only time I've ever even slightly enjoyed the work of a favorite author being extended by a later one. By way of example, I reckon that not even a righteously vengeful and well-hungover Donald Rumsfeld, on a bad day, might possibly conceive of punishments severe enough for the likes of Benford, Bear and Brin.
Review: And Another Thing ... (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #6)User Review - Smcleish - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review