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And Another Thing…: Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Book 6 of 3

And Another Thing... Book 6 of 3 in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy

And Another Thing... Book 6 of 3 in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy

The storm had now definitely abated, and what thunder there was now grumbled over more distant hills, like a man saying “And another thing…” twenty minutes after admitting he’s lost the argument. Douglas Adams – “So Long and Thanks For All the Fish”

In 1992, before the Fucking Internets and the World Wide Web were household words, let alone household necessities, Douglas Adams destroyed the Earth.

Again.

And for what seemed to be the absolute last time, since all alternate/parallel Earths were also destroyed by the Vogon once and for all.

With these Earths, Adams also destroyed some of the most important characters ever to grace the written page, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect.

Apparently, Adams was having a very bad year.

“People have said, quite rightly, that Mostly Harmless is a very bleak book. And it was a bleak book. I would love to finish Hitchhiker on a slightly more upbeat note, so five seems to be a wrong kind of number; six is a better kind of number.” Douglas Adams from an interview printed in “The Salmon of Doubt”

Sadly, Douglas Adams passed away in 2001, which was also turned out to be a very bad year for him, and for us. Because if anyone was going to fix the bleak end of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it would have had to have been Adams. I know. I tried.

I had at one point been writing a FanFic sequel to the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy. And it wasn’t bad, I had immense fun writing it. My solution was that at the instant the planet had been destroyed, a whole new string of Earths suddenly popped in to fill the void, while Arthur, Ford and all the rest of the main characters who had been vaporized were saved at the last minute by the Dolphins (who had once left Arthur a nice fish bowl which was engraved with the message “So Long and Thanks For All the Fish”. I had an alternate(?) Arthur Dent attempting to destroy all of reality to make it just stop. I had Zaphod Beeblebrox depressed and paranoid because Alternate Arthur had done some really, really terrible things to him. I had Original Arthur and Ford off on some adventure with Roosta (bonus points if you remember that cat). And I had returned Marvin to life (sort of. Remember that at the time of his death, he was really, very, very old) and had also returned Fenchurch back to her original universe of origin. It was a lot of fun, and maybe someday, I’ll find and finish it for shits and giggles.

But author Eoin Colfer (once best known for his Artemis Fowl series), was tapped to write the ultimate FanFic. An authorized sequel to the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy. I can only imagine how he must have felt about that. And I imagine that with the absolute giddy, geeked out, joygasm–there must have also been a small bit of terror. Because as a fan, what if he fucked this up?

I am happy to say that he didn’t.

Colfer’s done some cool things with And Another Thing…. His solution to the end of Mostly Harmless works well, and he immediately spins the characters off on their next adventure. Some recurring characters become major players, some issues are resolved and others are created.

This isn’t a book report. It’s barely a book review. So I’m not going to reveal any big plot points and just insist that if you’re a fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, go and read this fucker. Do it now. You won’t regret it (or at least you shouldn’t, and if you do, you’re of of those people who need to first against the wall when the revolution comes).

Colfer is no Adams, this is to be sure. And with no notes, outlines or nuggets left behind by Adams to guide the way, Colfer is purely on his own. But Colfer’s love for the original books, the characters and for Adams is easily apparent. Colfer is a fan of these books, and while he isn’t dogmatically reverent with the material, he isn’t wildly sacrilegious. It’s a good book, and it’s certainly more satisfying that not having it.

The only real question I have though, is whether or not the series will continue beyond this point. Colfer has certainly set things up for sequels, which I have to say is a much nicer end than the absolute destruction we had been left with.

Again. Go fucking read it.

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