First Lines: And Another Thing…

Eoin Colfer’s And Another Thing… is the sixth part of Douglas Adamsincreasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. It was released October last year on the 30th anniversary of the first H2G2 book.

To put it short and unimaginatively: the book is Mostly Harmless. The regular cast appears, earth is once again demolished, Vogons are still the most unpleasant race in the universe, etcetera, and so on and so forth. Business as usual.

All in all, And Another Thing… is a well-crafted, faithful expansion of the series, but Colfer is—to use another terrible, terrible turn of phrase—no Douglas Adams. It’s not that I expected this book to be better, or even on the same level, as the other books, as that is a very high bar indeed, but it’s a bit like watching a tribute band: sure, when it’s done well it might be entertaining while it lasts, but in the end it always leaves me craving the real thing.

Eoin Colfer — And Another Thing… (Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Part Six of Three
If you own a copy of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy then one of the last things you would be likely to type into it’s v-board would be the very same title of that particular Sub-Etha volume as, presumably, since you have a copy, they you already know all about the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor.