[SF Signal welcomes the return of guest reviewer Jason Sanford!]
REVIEW SUMMARY: A very good continuation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, although not equal to the first four books by Douglas Adams. But hey, that would have been asking the impossible (unless you’ve already done six impossible things this morning).
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Despite previously dying as every earth across the multiverse was destroyed, Arthur Dent and the Hitchhiker crew return for more hilarious fun, this time involving the Asgardian god Thor and an insulted Zaphod Beeblebrox, who’s determined to kill an immortal jerk who can’t be killed.
PROS: Way better than the last book in the series. Too many laugh out loud moments and brilliant turns of language to count, including the new catch phrase “Appease the Cheese.”
CONS: Lags a bit at the beginning and the end, although this seems to result from cleaning up the mess of a storyline left over from Mostly Harmless.
BOTTOM LINE: Fans of the Hitchhiker’s series will enjoy this book.
Hyperion is sponsoring a giveaway to promote the recent release of And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer. 10 Lucky SF Signal readers located in the U.S. have a chance to win a signed copy of Colfer’s latest addition to Douglas Adams’ hugely popular Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series (the 6th in the trilogy, since you asked) and a handy “Don’t Panic” towel to go with it.
Here’s more about the book:
An Englishman’s continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea…
Arthur Dent’s accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.
Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.
Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate.
Arthur’s chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world’s oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up . . . again.
And Another Thing . . . is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone’s favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.
Enough about the prize, here’s how to enter…
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- @SciFi Wire, Paul Di Filippo asks: Could a sci-fi writer win the Nobel Prize for Literature?
- Gareth L Powell discusses The Role of Science Fiction.
- Nancy Kress talks about The New Publishing Model.
- At Tor.com, David Pucik looks at Steampunk Gaming
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- Just a quick reminder that Free Speculative Fiction Online has been catching up with posting some links to free fiction that’s been around awhile. Check out their new additions.
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- @SCI FI Wire: Sci-fi’s sexy scientists ranked by hotness/plausibility
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Block Interactive and Penguin have announced the launch of www.6of3.com, a website promoting next month’s publication of And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer, the 6th book in the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.
The user-activity-focused website features:
- A user community
- A Tweet the Galaxy (where fans can “ask the answer to the great question of life”, then, On October 12th (the 30th anniversary of the original release of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, all tweets will be transmitted into Deep Space)
- A competition involving fans uploading 42-second videos to YouTube
- A Vogon Constructor Fleet Training flash game
- Book info and upcoming book-related events
- The British Fantasy Society announced a new original anthology series published exclusively for BFSA members. The first one is titled The British Fantasy Society Yearbook 2009. Contributors to the volume (which is prefaced with an introductory essay from Gail Z. Martin) include James Barclay, Allyson Bird, Andrew Cartmel, Mark Chadbourn, Christopher Fowler, Gary Fry, Garry Kilworth, Tim Lebbon, Steve Lockley, Juliet E. Mckenna, Gary Mcmahon, Mark Morris, Adam L. G. Nevill, Daniel O’Mahony, Sarah Pinborough, Nicholas Royle, Robert Shearman, Steve Volk, Kaaron Warren and Conrad Williams. [via Tim Lebbon]
- @SciFi Wire, Eoin Colfer talks about And Another Thing, the 6th book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.
- SF Site has posted an interview with John Berlyne, Tim Powers, Peter Crowther and Dirk Berger.
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- Congratulations to Norilana Books on their third anniversary!
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