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Old 03-02-2012, 03:53 AM   #1
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And another thing...

Since nobody bothered to tell me that there was a sixth book in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series, I didn't know about it I know it wasn't written by Adams, but has anybody else here read it? Is it a worthy successor, or money grubbing blasphemy?
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:11 AM   #2
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I mentioned it here once or twice, but nobody cared.

It's by Eoin Colfer, who wrote the Artemis Fowl books, if that means anything to you. It's not what I would call a great book, but it's decent. The humor is definitely very Adams-y, but does feel a little like a pastiche at some points. It escapes from the ending of the last book in a clever way, and follows up on some stuff from earlier in the series that definitely deserved it.

A couple things: I wish Marvin had been in it; he would have helped to lighten the load that was bore mainly by new characters, when it shouldn't have been. Those new characters, also, are a little flat, but usually in an Adams-esque style. Some are written better than others.

Overall, it feels like something Adams might have written, had he lived. It redeems the story, for me, from what happened in Mostly Harmless (a book which was money-grubbing blasphemy, from my point of view). I guess you could say that it's as good as that book, but probably not as good as any of the others.
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I didnt read it on principle...im a huge Adams fan...felt like an insult
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I mentioned it here once or twice, but nobody cared.
Well I said, "nobody told me". If you had told me instead of merely posting it here, I'd have cared

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It's by Eoin Colfer, who wrote the Artemis Fowl books, if that means anything to you. It's not what I would call a great book, but it's decent. The humor is definitely very Adams-y, but does feel a little like a pastiche at some points. It escapes from the ending of the last book in a clever way, and follows up on some stuff from earlier in the series that definitely deserved it.

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Overall, it feels like something Adams might have written, had he lived. It redeems the story, for me, from what happened in Mostly Harmless (a book which was money-grubbing blasphemy, from my point of view). I guess you could say that it's as good as that book, but probably not as good as any of the others.
I'm aware of the author and his previous work (well, I did do some research on the book ) But I was more curious about how people who've read the Guide compared it to the sixth book. Thank you for your input. It's like 6 bucks on Amazon, so I may give it a go.
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No libraries in town, Bio?
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He's banned from all libraries because there are kids that go there.
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Have you finished reading, "American Gods" yet?
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It would actually cost me more to go to my local library than to just order the book for 6 bucks from Amazon.
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Did any of you read Starship Titanic?
http://www.amazon.com/Douglas-Adamss.../dp/0345368436

It's based off of the video game that was based off of a single sentence in the Hitchhiker's Guide.

I read it a few years ago. It wasn't terrible.
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http://www.amazon.com/Douglas-Adamss.../dp/0345368436

It's based off of the video game that was based off of a single sentence in the Hitchhiker's Guide.

I read it a few years ago. It wasn't terrible.
That's not exactly a ringing endorsement...
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That's not exactly a ringing endorsement...
Imagine the restaurant review...

"It didn't make me want to vomit."
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That's not exactly a ringing endorsement...
How about: "By the director of Monty Python and the Holy Grail"?
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