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The International Writers Magazine: Reviews

And Another Thing… By Eoin Colfer
Penguin 2009
ISBN 978-0-718-15514-8
Daniel Cann review

Douglas Adams always intended to write a sixth ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ novel before his untimely death at only 49 years old. Here on the 30th anniversary of the publication of the first in the series of successful books humourist and bestselling author of the ‘Artemis Fowl’ books Eoin Colfer brings the hugely popular series back to life. Once again we follow the hapless Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian and Random as they become reunited and involved in a plot that includes a green-skinned alien who devotes his time to travelling the galaxy and insulting everyone he meets, Bow Wowbagger; the Norse God Thor; Businessman and entrepreneur Hillman Hunter; the last surviving colony of human beings; mad cows, cheese and of course the dreaded Vogons once again intent on planetary destruction and particularly the annihilation of the human race.

Pan galactic gargle blasters, towels and offbeat humour abound in this worthy and welcome new addition to the series. Colfer ensures through his wit and creative descriptions that it is an enjoyable and unpredictable ride.

With the Improbability Drive intact it is a typically ‘Anything can happen Universe.’ Of course this being a ‘Hitchhikers Guide’ story bureaucracy, stupidity, politics, celebrity and television all get lampooned in typical trademark style. Adams himself would have approved of all the mayhem and silliness on offer here. The amusing ‘Guide Notes’ are present and correct here offering mirth and offbeat wisdom.

Colfer has produced a work that fits seamlessly into the HHG2 universe, quite a feat as on the face of it, he had a daunting task ahead of him particularly when you consider the loyal and devoted fan base that has spawned a radio play, television series and a feature film. Colfer pulls it off with aplomb.

I laughed out loud helplessly on several occasions as Colfer has managed to capture the style and wit of Adams, particularly the absurdity of existence. ‘And Another Thing…’ is precisely the upbeat sixth entry Adams would have wanted and been proud of and I cannot think of any higher compliment than that.

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