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This review is from: And Another Thing ... Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three (Hardcover)
I first discovered The Hitchhiker's Guide To The galaxy in 1981 at the tender age of ten, courtesy of BBC Television. Like so many before it, the TV series was subsequently novelised in 1979 by some bloke called Douglas Adams. Then, in 1977, the BBC decided they wanted another piece of the action and a radio series was commissioned.
So successful was this first 'chapter', that it has since spawned a rubbish Hollywood movie and another FOUR books yet again penned by this Douglas Adams bloke.
Unfortunately, Douglas Adams became deluded and began to believe that the Earth really was about to be demolished to make a Hyperspace bypass and so he left on the nearest passing spaceship on the 11th May 2001.
Obviously he got it wrong because the Earth is still here and we have not since had any more 'chapters' to the Hitchhikers Trilogy of five books until now, making it six.
This sixth 'chapter' however, is not, understandably, written by Douglas Adams. Instead it has been plagerised by some (other) bloke called Eoin Colfer who, I understand, found a 2054 reprint copy of the book in his back garden one sunny afternoon while he was digging for fairy treasures and instead found a transdimensional gateway to another time. You can imagine his surprise when the book, with his name on the front and his picture on the back, hit him squarely in the knee with a resounding "thud"!
Taking full advantage of the situation, he transcibed the book on his outdated Apple Mac and sent it off to his publishers - well, wouldn't you?
Currently reaping the financial rewards of a book he has yet to write, Eoin Colfer currently spends his days sitting in the bottom of his garden, spade in hand, knee protectors on, waiting for himself to throw his next book at him.
If you think that was bonkers, just wait until you read part six of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy; "And Another Thing..."
I hope Douglas Adams would be proud :)