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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but why?, 19 Oct. 2009
This review is from: And Another Thing ... Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three (Hardcover)
The never ending trilogy.

A surprising choice to add to the famous Douglas Adams five part trilogy, the author being a children's/YA writer.

But in order to review this we need to go back in time to when Douglas Adams was to SF what Terry Pratchett was to become to Fantasy. Clever and inventive and a very nice guy. Somewhere at home I have the first three HitchHiker books all signed and I remember how down to earth and friendly Douglas Adams was, despite half the queue being in dressing gowns and holding towels. But those fans will all be about 50 today, so Eoin Colfer had to write to appeal to the nostalgia of that generation but also those younger fans who have discovered the HitchHikers Guide over the years. There is also the point that how will the humour of the late 70's translate 30 years later when having a hand held information provider is no longer science fiction?

Well, in my view, it was okay. It raised a smile now and then as Colfer does manage to replicate some of Adams' style. It was a nice reminder of how fresh and exciting the first few HHGTTG books were but I was not overly grabbed by the story and I did wonder what the point of this actually was. This doesn't really add anything to the five book trilogy (and accepting that the last original book was by far the weakest). I was surprised to find that Colfer was a reasonably safe pair of hands in this endeavour, even if one might question the endeavour itself. I was slightly worried that it might be me, what was so fresh 30 years ago has not dated specifically, but is was 'of a time' and this new addition seems strangely out of place.

So there are some nice touches, but I am not sure it was worth the effort or fuss.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2009 17:03:59 BDT
Simon N. says:
Very balanced. I'm a third of the way in - and curious to see what others had thought - and I am working towards a similar conclusion. After reading somewhere in the region of 10 pretty heavy science books recently, this presents a welcome and 'harmless' diversion. 3.5 so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2009 17:09:02 BDT
Nick Brett says:
Simon, thanks for the comment, appreciate you taking the time to make it. I think your point is a good one, it is nice to have something light to balance out some of the heavier stuff out there.
Nick
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