Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review Tuesday: And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book 6)

If I have learned anything from the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, it would be DON'T PANIC. But if I learned anything else, it would be expect the unexpected...

And Another Thing... 
by Eoin Colfer

So let's see. This is book SIX in the Hitchhiker's Guide TRILOGY by Douglas Adams, but was written by Eoin Colfer. In a way, this all makes sense in the zany madcap expanded universe that Mr. Adams first introduced is to in the late 1970s. 

As you may, or may not, be aware Douglas Adams passed away in 2001 at the young age of 49 due to heart issues. It had already been over a decade since book five, Mostly Harmless, had come out, and it seemed that Adams was fine with the depressing end to that storyline. I had been told that Adams was working on that book when he died and his family rushed out the work-in-progress and tried to neatly tie up any loose ends by KILLING EVERYONE OFF. Well that was incorrect. It appeared that Adams fully intended to kill off that franchise and let it rest. 

Fast forward some years after Adams' untimely death and his estate gave the go ahead for a SIXTH BOOK in the Trilogy to be authored by Eoin Colfer. Honestly, I know nothing about this guy. I can't even figure out how to pronounce his first name. But it's the Hitchhiker's guide, so with NO-to-LOW expectations I gave the book a shot. Was I glad I did!

AND ANOTHER THING... starts off exactly where Mostly Harmless left off. Our main characters are on Earth and it's being destroyed. The new version of The Guide had trapped them in individual virtual universes and made them believe that they were able to live out their lives. But The Guide runs low on charge and they are back to getting killed. 

From that point on it's a story of survival, and hilarity. Colfer is able to duplicate Adams' style and present a very well written and coherent addition to the series. 
After destroying the Earth in every dimension, the Vogons go on to make the Earthlings extinct. How will our heroes survive the onslaught of the tireless bureaucrats?
And that's the story in a nutshell. There are twists, turns, surprises and a heavy dose of humor to keep you turning the pages. Good book, and fun to read. Perfectly written in the style of Douglas Adams. Bravo to Eoin Colfer. 

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