And Another Thing ...: Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three (Hitchhikers Guide 6)
by Eoin Colfer
Michael Joseph Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780718155148
Date: 12 October 2009 List Price £18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
I am big fan of the late Douglas Adams and a big fan of Eoin Colfer, an author whose Artemis Fowl and Airman novels I've reviewed enthusiastically in previous issues. But I'm not at all sure that I'm a fan of Eoin Colfer wearing Douglas Adams' clothes - something he's most definitely doing in this sixth instalment of The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy.
Publication of this new HH2G volume is an event of some debate - is it a matter of cashing in on a franchise that has outlived its creator or a clear-cut case of supply and demand? I don't know - but Colfer, a writer who is many, many things in his own right, is faced with an almost impossible talk in taking on this enormous commission. Adams' was most definitely a one-off, and Colfer must pay homage and emulate the late author, but somehow avoid attempting to copy his very distinctive style. It's not at all clear to me that Colfer succeeds in this remit and thus I predict that many will buy And Another Thing but few will like it! Regardless of whether that should come to pass, it's money in the bank for publisher Michael Joseph and as a writer with legions of loyal readers already in place, Colfer's own reputation will remain unsullied by any flack he catches.
Being a big event in the publishing calendar, this hardcover release will be accompanied by much noise - catch some of it here at www.6of3.com.