Thursday, February 18, 2010

And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer



About the book: 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 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.

Quote: Wowbagger's mood shifted from polite boredom to impolite boredom.

"You tried to pick up a friend of mine."
"Pick up? Whit kind of pick up?"
"You know the kind where you lift something off the ground?"
"Yes."
"Well, not that kind."

Why this book: I loved all the Hitchhiker books so I couldn't resist getting this one.

My Thoughts: Colfer did a great job with Adam's characters. The story was outlandish and amusing. I did think that there were too many footnotes, but some of the most amusing lines were found there. I'm glad I read (listened to) it, but if you haven't read any of the Hitchhiker books, I think you would be better off reading them first. I liked Simon Jones performance, I think hearing his characterizations added a lot to my enjoyment.

Links:
At Wikipedia
Review & 2 YouTube video interviews of the author.

Challenges:
100+ Reading Challenge
Audiobook Challenge 2010
Monthly Mixer Mele

Hours listened in 2010:
This CD - 10 1/2 hours
Total - 65 hrs & 40 min.

5 comments:

Alyce said...

I would think it would be terribly hard to live up to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker books. I'm impressed to see that you liked it. I'll have to keep it in mind for when I finish with the original series.

carolsnotebook said...

I love Adams' books and wondered if this would be worth getting. Thanks for the review. Sounds like my husband and I would enjoy it.

Jo, a retired teacher said...

Isn't he the author of the Artemis Fowl series? Some of my students (and I) really liked those.

Sharon said...

You're right Jo, he is. I haven't read any of those, but after reacing this I've put a couple on my wish list.

Julie said...

I think it's great that he was able to take on these characters and do a decent job of it. I'm always a bit leery when an author tries to write about characters from another author's stories. But it sounds like this is a good one.

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