And Another Thing ... will be the sixth novel in the now improbably named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. Eight years after the death of its creator, Douglas Adams, the author's widow, Jane Belson, has given her approval for the project to be continued by the international number one bestselling children's writer, Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl novels. Douglas Adams himself once said, 'I suspect at some point in the future I will write a sixth Hitchhiker book. Five seems to be a wrong kind of number, six is a better kind of number.' Belson said of Eoin Colfer, 'I love his books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod and Marvin to pastures new.' Colfer, a fan of Hitchhiker since his schooldays, said, 'Being given the chance to write this book is like suddenly being offered the superpower of your choice. For years I have been finishing this incredible story in my head and now I have the opportunity to do it in the real world.' Prepare to be amazed...
At long last, the motley band from Douglas Adams's renowned five-book Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy have returned, thanks to Artemis Fowl author Colfer. When the Vogons return to finish obliterating Earth in our universe and all alternatives, Arthur Dent and his companions find themselves hitchhiking on the spacefaring Viking longship of Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, an immortal with a death wish who is an expert at mass insults. Readers may find this volume paradoxical. On its own it is a funny novel, but Adams set a legendary, nearly impossible standard. Wacky humor reminiscent of the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rings true, as do most of the characters, but newer elements, such as the brief appearance of Cthulhu, feel out of place. Most notably absent is the supreme inventiveness that hit us with the Infinite Improbability Drive, and the comic-sublime moments like Arthur flying with Fenchurch. You can't go home again, but Adams fans will still appreciate the reunion with old friends.
Although I somehow managed to make it through to the end, it was terrible and not even slightly amusing. True, a couple end to end sentences in one part made my chuckle but that was it. The rest, not even a slight smile. I love Douglas Adams books and laugh all over again no matter how many times I read them but he would be most upset if he knew of this garbage written in his name! I gave it one star but would give zero or even a minus number if I could! Don't waste your time.
Having said that it is now several years later where I have given it another go. It took a long, long time but I finally made it through and found it just as revolting the second time. In fact, the main reason I started reading it again was that I was on an airplane and it was the only book in my library that would load!
I never intended nor expected to want to read a book in the series that wasn’t authored by Adams. I changed my mind because I felt the ending of Mostly Harmless was so depressing, i reasoned nothing in a differently authored sequel could be as bad. I was right. This filled me with joy and contentment for the ending, and had me laughing for its entirety. The story involving Asgard and Thor is genius, and Trillian/Wowbagger?? I personally loved to see it 😂 Colfer has the rhythm and tone but doesn’t mimic Adams completely in his style, which I think is a good thing. I’m so happy I gave it a chance, because it changed the whole ‘trilogy’ for me.