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To get the obvious out of the way, Eoin Colfer is not Douglas Adams. The writing style of this new book is not quite the same as the first 5. That being said it is very clear that Eoin was immersed in the original material and does a very credible tribute to the work of Douglas Adams. With Simon Jones reading it was at almost possible to forget that this book was not penned by Douglas himself.
Now on to the book itself, we start where Mostly Harmless left off; Earth is just about to end again. And Author is about to take off on a new trip around the universe with many of the old favorite characters either joining or making a cameo appearance.
Like the previous reviewer, my only complaint is that the book references the previous 5 books too often and in ways that does not flow well. I found myself often being broken out of the story with some far too unnecessary self reference. It is a odd sensation to be both slightly annoyed because I was jarred out of the flow, yet fondly remembering the original.
Overall, I would say if you are a fan of the original series by Douglas Adams, you will love this last revisit of universe where 42 means everything. If you are not familiar with Douglas Adams, what is wrong with you? Audible has nearly his complete works right here. Go listen The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and then come back to this book.
To Eoin Colfer fans, which is a group I count myself in. This is neither Artemis Fowl nor intended for a child audience. Do not purchase for your kids by mistake. On the other hand if like myself you read Eoin Colfer because despite his books being listed for kids, you find them witty, fun, and exciting, I think you will quite enjoy this new book, but I would still recommend that you listen to the original stories first.
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As the world's most rabid Douglas Adams fan, I was horrified to learn that Eoin Colfer had blasphemously been asked to extend the sacred Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Thus, I went into this book with the most biased opinion imaginable, mostly to see just how bad of a cock-up it was going to be. Instead of finding the voluminous reasons to hate this novel which I fully expected, I discovered a wonderfully written, lovingly crafted story full of the same wit and charm we loved so much in Adams. Colfer has removed himself nearly entirely, channeling Adams from beyond the grave more perfectly than I would have assumed possible. The respect he has given to the author in doing so has not gone unnoticed by this reader. Well done sir. Very well done indeed.
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