Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Hitchhikers Guide

Ever since I first read the first book in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy I’ve loved Douglas Adams. I loved the way that he was able to write a hilarious book with a coherent plot, but still at the same time write paragraphs or even chapters about things that had no relation to anything else in the story, and would sometimes never come up again. I’ve read the series quite a few times all the way through, but I must say for the most part whenever I begin to re-read the series I get up until the fourth book and then stop reading, since the fifth book seems to depart quite a bit from the whimsy the rest of the series held and apparently Douglas Adams agreed that the fifth book was “a bleak book”, and even stated that “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.” Though unfortunately his death made it so he was not able to complete it, nor was he able to complete the book he was writing at the time The Salmon of Doubt.

But earlier this year a sixth Hitchhikers guide book was published, And Another Thing…, not written by Adams of course but by Eoin Colfer, the man who wrote the Artemis Foul series. When I first heard about this I was really excited, because I thought more of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Marvin and Zaphod is always a good thing. But the more I though about it the more skeptical I became because what really attracted me to the series was Adams’s writing and I wonder if anyone else could successfully to tackle the universe that he’s created. There seem to be mixed reviews of the book so far some stating Colfer does a great job impersonating Adams writing while others saying while not terrible the book itself is quite forgettable.

Truthfully I’ve been a bit too scared to pick up a copy yet, but I think I’ll most likely end up reading it sometime over break and I truly hope I love it.

1 comment:

Beeblebrox said...

I bought the book the day it was released but haven't had the time for "leisure reading" yet. Hopfully Ill read it over break and post a review in case any of you ever look at this after the semester is done.. Oh, and by the way 42 is a far better number than five or six...