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Good, maybe even great (and well worth the time & money)... but it's not Adams
on January 31, 2016
This is a very funny book. At times it will have you laughing out loud, at times chuckling, at times scratching your head, wondering what you missed - and then realizing that you didn't miss anything - the author is just insanely random. This is not a bad thing of course, as, in fiction like this, a certain amount of insanity is required... but... A certain amount of sanity is also required, and Rankin struggles to make the humor last much longer than a page. Very little of so much potent material spans the book well. The tiny screws and pens of course are the bright points, and the execution of Hugo's 'wisdom' was well enough done to keep the story readable, but it's very frustrating to see so much other material go to waste.
Douglas Adams earns five stars in this category, and Adams this is not. This is the Jedi Knight's effort as compared to the Master's. How very unfortunate that the Master is dead. While Rankin is far far better than the average (... as if there are enough authors out there who embark upon this kind of venture to make a statistically significant 'average'...), his storytelling is not nearly as masterful, but well worth the time and money to read it, especially given the lack of contemporary authors capable of anything meaningful in this genre.