AN ENGLISHMAN’S CONTINUING SEARCH THROUGH SPACE AND TIME FOR A DECENT CUP OF TEA…
Arthur Dent’s accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident.
Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.
Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate.
Arthur’s chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world’s oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up…again.
And Another Thing…is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone’s favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.
There is no such thing as a happy ending. Every culture has a maxim that makes this point, while nowhere in the Universe is there a single gravestone that reads 'He Loved Everything About His Life, Especially the Dying Bit at the End'.
Let’s start with the good stuff. I think Eoin Colfer’s writing was a fitting homage to the previous works in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series written by Douglas Adams. The tone and content remained consistent and I think it would be hard to distinguish the two authors if you didn’t know there had been a change. Unfortunately, I think that’s it.
This felt superfluous. Mostly Harmless did an excellent job of completing the series, And Another Thing… didn’t add anything worthwhile to the story. The Guide insertions were intrusive footnotes that ruined the flow and I struggled to finish this book – it kept putting me to sleep.
I do want to reread Artemis Fowl now, though, to remind myself that I do actually like Colfer’s writing, just not in this particular instance.