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New Hitchhiker's Book? 
17th-Sep-2008 07:18 am
totally_sane, suzie
This is weird: Eoin Colfer is going to write a sixth Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book.

Apparently, Adams himself had been contemplating a sixth book before he died. Which strikes me as odd, since Mostly Harmless always felt to me like Adams wrote it for the express purpose of finishing off the series and getting people to stop pestering him about when the next Hitchhiker's book was coming out.

Perhaps he realized that people were never going to stop pestering him. Even in death.

Can't say I envy Colfer the task of following on from Adams. Almost no matter what he does, people are either going to say, "It doesn't read like Douglas Adams," or "It reads like an Adams pastiche." I'm personally torn on whether to buy the book - I don't really think the world needs another Hitchhiker's book (honestly, the world didn't need Mostly Harmless, a book well described by its title), but I'm curious to see how another author would follow on after all this time. Since the book's not written yet, I'll have plenty of time to decide.
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17th-Sep-2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm approaching the thing with a degree of trepidation myself: the only consolation is that it appears as though Colfer might be focussing more on Arthur Dent, who by Adams' own admission in LU&E doesn't get a huge amount of character development across the trilopentalogy (the romance with Fenny is a bit pastede on yay, and Adams says as much). If Colfer can stay reasonably true to the spirit of H2G2 while giving Arthur a bit more depth it might be an interesting work.
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