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Some Mighty Big Shoes To Fill

Decided to do a little Christmas shopping, as I won't have to deal with the crush of lines at this time of night. Among the places I stop is, naturally, the bookstore.

As I browse for books for my dad in the sci-fi/fantasy section, I see And Another Thing..., "the sixth book in the Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy trilogy!"

I just stared at it.

It's written by Eoin Colfer, who apparently writes a series called "Artemis Fowl" (never read it, don't know). What, Terry Pratchett was unavailable? (Pratchett has experience with Douglas Adams. He wrote the book based on Adams computer game Starship Titanica.)

I just don't know. H2G2, I personally feel, really needs Adams' unique mind to work. No one could go off on the random tangents that summed up the unpredicable nature of the world and yet bore laser-like into what exactly made human natures tick like Adams. I've never read Colfer, but I would feel a lot more confident if one of the giants like Pratchett was behind this.

I think I'll wait until it goes paperback or hits the discount bin. I just got a bad feeling about this.

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mornblade
Nov. 29th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Actually I believe your information is incorrect. While Terry Pratchett is a lot like Adams when it comes to his writing, I believe it was Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) that wrote Starship Titanic.

Either way, they both have the skill to do right by the master. After having read "The Road to Mars", I believe Eric Idle would also do a passable job.

From what Keltoi tells me, she had a chance to read a sample of the new book online, and she was disappointed. She says that the new writer understands the approach of Adam's, but not the feel. Adam's was plugged in to the sheer silliness of the universe, this guy just knows how to mimic a style.

On another sad note, we haven't been seeing as much Pratchett being released lately. The reason behind that is that Pratchett has Alzheimer's. He was diagnosed with it a few years back. But, he will likely continue writing to the very end.
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