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At long last, the motley band from Douglas Adams's renowned five-book Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy have returned, thanks to Artemis Fowl author Colfer. When the Vogons return to finish obliterating Earth in our universe and all alternatives, Arthur Dent and his companions find themselves hitchhiking on the spacefaring Viking longship of Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, an immortal with a death wish who is an expert at mass insults. Readers may find this volume paradoxical. On its own it is a funny novel, but Adams set a legendary, nearly impossible standard. Wacky humor reminiscent of the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rings true, as do most of the characters, but newer elements, such as the brief appearance of Cthulhu, feel out of place. Most notably absent is the supreme inventiveness that hit us with the Infinite Improbability Drive, and the comic-sublime moments like Arthur flying with Fenchurch. You can't go home again, but Adams fans will still appreciate the reunion with old friends.
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A wide variety of people love Douglas Adams's books, so perhaps it is appropriate that each critic brought his or her own expectations to And Another Thing . ... Several who revered Adams's deadpan prose and verbal inventiveness found that the new book falls short. Others felt that Colfer's imitation often lacks subtlety and relies too heavily on reviving old Adams gags and characters. The Los Angeles Times even went so far as to argue that this novel should have been reinvented in some more original form, such as an e-book. But some took the appearance of And Another Thing ... to critically review the Adams oeuvre and found that Colfer made up for some qualities the original author lacked. In any case, even the harshest critics of the book were happy to see Arthur, Ford, Trillian, and Random saved from their doom.See all Editorial Reviews
I bought this book excited and nervous at the same time. I really wanted a new Hitchhikers book but was worried another author would mess things up. I was 100% correct. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Sue Len
Don't Panic. How marvelous the adventures of Arthur and Ford continue with blessings from Douglas' widow. So the trilogy of five books then makes this number six.Published 27 days ago by Cat@rNell
I really didn't want to believe the other reviews of this book. I thought, "well, at least it would be seeing the old characters again". However, I was very disappointed. Read morePublished 29 days ago by T. DuBois
I loved this entire series and although I'm sad that the original author passed, I'm happy that the series continued. I only wish there were more! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Metrohippymom
If you are expecting to step back into the hitchhiker's guide world as so beautifully created by Douglas Adams then this book is not for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Murphy
I won't go into a whole lot of detail, but Colfer does an AMAZING job of capturing the "essence" of Douglas Adam's writing of the original Hitchhiker's Guide series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Chapa
Although not written by Douglas Adams, Eoin Colfer did a good job of capturing the spirit of the previous books in the series.Published 1 month ago by Detroit372
The book reads more like a "Hitchhiker's" fan fic than an official entry in the series, but it's a pretty well written fan fic.Published 1 month ago by Carl A. Schulz IV
Though not exhibiting the caliber of wit and imagination of Douglas, the book provides a pleasant easy read. A chance to spend pleasant time with old friends.Published 2 months ago by KAT