Mini Review: Spotlight – And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer

13 Aug

The venerable tome, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is set to once again be at the forefront of trillions of minds across the galaxy! Somehow, not even the ministrations of a well-meaning Vogon could ensure its eradication…! 🙂


I was lucky enough to have received a limited edition proof of And Another Thing, the final book in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, written by Eoin Colfer. 🙂 And yes, it wasn’t the whole book (that would have been one huge newspaper!)

I have to admit, I was a bit scared, and gave it a day or two after it had arrived (in an envelope bearing very a descriptive warning from a bored Vogon) so that the excitement of receiving it could die down a bit before I started reading it – when I finally did sit down to take it in, though, something strange happened…

This is not, by any stretch, Douglas Adams’ writing. Is that a bad thing? Or even a good thing? Well, it depends on what you’re expecting from And Another Thing.

If you’re expecting the Hitchhiker’s books you know and love, that same absolutely crazy but oddly brilliant prose, then you may just be disappointed – Douglas Adams is no longer with us, folks. Nothing anyone writes will ever approach his genius.

But is And Another Thing good? Is it a Hitchhiker’s book? Is it zany, hilarious, crazy and absolute fun? Definitely! 🙂

Eoin did an amazing job, having such legendary boots to fill. Not only did he capture (in my opinion) what the Hitchhiker’s Guide books represent and meant to the generations that read them (and all those who continue to discover the books today), but he did it with respect and admiration for the work – that comes through loud and clear while reading. This isn’t a rip-off or a regurgitation or a parody – this is Hitchhiking. The only difference is that our Ford Prefect isn’t Douglas Adams. But you will still laugh, and shake your head in stupefied amazement – you know, that feeling you got when you first read about the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and thought, “This is nuts!” but it made an odd kind of sense? 🙂 Don’t worry, folks. I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this book, and I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy it in it’s entirety when it’s on the shelves. I’ll be placing my copy next to my Hitchhiking box set. 🙂

And then I’ll just thank Douglas Adams for being such a brilliant nutter all over again! 🙂

Pre-order your copy here for the UK. 🙂

And Another Thing will be published in SA by Penguin SA.



Posted by on August 13, 2009 in Reviews, Spotlight


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12 responses to “Mini Review: Spotlight – And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer

  1. Chris Warren

    August 13, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Great to see two of my favourite authors brought together in this way. I have used both Douglas Adams’s and Eoin Colfer’s common but different brilliances as bases for writing my recently published book – Randolph’s Challenge Book One – The Pendulum Swings. The content is not the same but both have inspired my writing style. I look forward to reading And Another Thing.

    Chris Warren
    Author and Freelance Writer
    Randolph’s Challenge Book One – The Pendulum Swings

  2. Phillipe Bosher

    August 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

    “This is not, by any stretch, Douglas Adams’ writing. Is that a bad thing? Or even a good thing? Well, it depends on what you’re expecting from And Another Thing.”

    See, now I disagree there mostly. I think Colfer has perfectly imitated (without attempting to, it appears) the style of the Guide, particularly the Radio series, which everyone will tell you is the perfect form of Guide.

  3. Tomato Head

    October 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I am incredibly disappointed with this book. I don’t think Eoin Colfer “gets it” one bit. e.g. he uses the “o-matic” term every other sentence for gadgets etc and it’s just not funny – in fact i find it intensly irritating. He references “classic” lines from the original books in places that seem entirely random (no pun intended) and keeps sticking them in as if to say “look everyone, it’s a Hitchhicker’s book! I know about the Hitchhickers world honest – just look at how many old quotes I can squeeze in… I did read it before and I have thus proved it by my many many stupid references” The story is poor. The storytelling is poor. The prose is immature and boring.

    Absolute rubbish and a massive let down. Please don’t fucking write another one Eoin.

    • Dave-Brendon de Burgh

      October 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm

      It just goes to show that no book is certain to be enjoyed by everyone. 🙂 Thanks for
      your comments! Different points of view are always welcome. 🙂

    • Taso

      April 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      You are TOTALLY right.

    • Douglas Adams

      April 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm

      “Colfer´s sequel is of course the third worse in the Universe…” Douglas Adams (in memoriam)

      “It is like Arthur without Dent.” Arthur Dent

      “This guy, Colfer, is NOT a frúd!” Ford Prefect

      “No way…” Prostetnik Vogon Jeltz

  4. Lazarus

    January 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Its what you get when you are awoken by Douglas Adams, he oddly seems to make sense of “life the universe and everything” without actually explaining anything and then goes and dies.

    Eoin, Its not the same, it never will be, I guess that we got what we asked for. We only have one chance, one guide, we just need to accept it and enjoy what we have got.

    If there is any lesson in the guide this is it!

  5. Living Dead

    March 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Well, i can see that there are different opinions, i luv both Eoins original series and dude, totally his hitchikers contribution. Stopping to sit understand the hell he’s talkg bout is kinda the fun of the book. Though i wouldn’t want him to write another one, he made way too much of an ending with this book. some parts of the story is rather lame though have to admit that, but who cares!

  6. HHGTG

    April 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    “Colfer´s sequel is of course the third worse in the Universe…” Douglas Adams (in memoriam)

    “It is like Arthur without Dent.” Arthur Dent

    “This guy, Colfer, is NOT a frúd!” Ford Prefect

    “No way!” Prostetnik Vogon Jeltz


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