- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141042133
- ISBN-13: 978-0141042138
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
And Another Thing ...: Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three (Hitchhikers Guide 6) Paperback – 27 May 2010
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"I would love to finish Hitchhiker on a slightly more upbeat note, so five seems to be a wrong kind of number, six is a better kind of number." -- Douglas Adams
"My first reaction was semi-outrage that anyone should be allowed to tamper with this incredible series. But on reflection I realised that this is a wonderful opportunity to work with characters I have loved since childhood and give them something of my own voice while holding onto the spirit of Douglas Adams and not laying a single finger on his five books." -- Eoin Colfer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Eoin (pronounced 'Owen') Colfer secured the largest ever advance for a children's novel by an unknown author in October 2000. He cast a spell on the publishing world with Artemis Fowl, and hasn't looked back since. Colfer lives in Wexford, Ireland, with his wife, Jackie, and their two sons.
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As a massive H2G2 fan, I was dubious about this book coming out - did it really need to be written? I'm not so sure, though it is based on notes and plans made by Douglas Adams (as you will see if you read the Salmon of Doubt - highly recommended incidentally).
Eoin Colfer is a very gifted and able writer, but his main area is teen fiction, and unfortunately that shows in this book. There are some clever ideas, but the humour never really gets beyond the adolescent, which is a big let-down for Adams fans. It is this that is the major let-down, rather than the storyline, which holds up reasonably well but drifts into subject areas that as a Hitchhiker's reader, you're not totally comfortable with.
In short, it's an OK book, and I suspect most H2G2 fans will purchase to complete the set. Did it need to be written? By Adams, perhaps, but anyone else? No.
Imagine your favourite characters from the original books (and a load of minor ones that you're not really interested in) all brought back together, given awful dialogue, and a painfully drawn-out narrative that is constantly interrupted by a new, boring, irritating, facsimile of the guide (i'm not talking about V2, that disappears almost immediately). It's really really bad.
At one point Zaphod stops halfway through a set piece because he can't remember what he's doing or why he's there. That's how I felt with this book. Please don't buy it. They'll only write more of them if you do. An insult to Douglas, and when you think about it, outrageously arrogant of the Author to think that he could chuck another instalment on the end. Sir, if you read this, you should be ashamed of yourself.
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Very disappointing. Far too much filler, and the character of Zaphod was completely wrong.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It's like watching Starwars Episode 1 - it SAYS it's Starwars, it LOOKS like Starwars, but it bloody isnt bloody Starwars. This just FEELS completely wrong. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. J. Lonsdale
Self confessed HHGTTG fan! Lifelong! Join that to being a rabid eoin colfer fan! I was expecting to have a pleasure aneurysm reading this book! Read morePublished 2 months ago by John O'sullivan
A must purchase to complete my HHGTTG collection. Even as Eoin finalized the book, the sound of Douglas can still be heard from the book.Published 7 months ago by The Scholar of Life
This book tarnished my opinion of the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy series. It actually made me feel sad while reading it (note I think it was meant to be a comedy but it is hard... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Adam Groves