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

Eoin Colfer
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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-07-18
I am happy to say I finally read through all of the "Hitchhiker's Guide" books, many, many years after I bought them. The first four…no big deal, they were in one collected volume. The fifth I found at a remainder sale, and I finally got around to reading THAT too. And a darker ending to a light-hearted series I could hardly imagine…

The reason I read them all over again—besides the fact that they're entertaining and funny—is that I encountered this, the SIXTH book in the "trilogy". In a dollar store, of all places. Guess maybe the publisher counted on better sales…still, their loss, my gain.

The author, Eoin Colfer, is the creator of the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series, and Douglas Adams' widow Jane approved the choice. I can't say I can disagree. While at least one of my friends rolled his eyes at seeing me with a copy, I liked it. A lot. Like the original books, there's a lot of digression and explanation of events and phraseology, and the humor is typically dry as the Sahara, but if you like this sort of thing, you'll dig it. I was raised on Python, so I get it.

I will grant you, it's uneven and at times choppy, but ultimately it's quite satisfying, and a worthy conclusion to one of the most beloved sci-fi series of all time. Chances are if you enjoyed the first five books and were wondering what happened to Arthur, Trillian, Ford, Zaphod and the lot, you'll have a good time and a good laugh or two (or more) along the way. Heck, just the notion of someone auditioning Gods is worthy of note. I think Douglas would've approved.

Recommended.
Reviewed: 2017-04-03
This is a good book. It is funny and well-written and imaginative, as I have come to expect from Eoin Colfer. His quality and style is so his own, and so it is unfair of me that I cannot quite bring myself to forgive him for not being Douglas Adams.
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