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So, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is required reading for anyone in our line of society. The first five books of the trilogy were written by Douglas Adams, and ended on a down note that was a pretty heavy one for a largely comedic series. Adams was going to write a sixth book to end things on a slightly lighter note, but he died.

Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemus Fowl series, was commissioned to write it.

The story picks up where Mostly Harmless left off, and resumes irreverence from there.

Colfer's take on the series is probably what any fan of the series would've done given the chance. Things like the "Guide Note" asides were overdone, as were the alien references, but I can't say I wouldn't have done the same thing in his place. The story was a bit predictable, but that was kind of a relief, after reading Mostly Harmless, which was unpredictable and depressing. Mostly Harmless ended like every apocalyptic nightmare I've ever had ends.

Should you read it? Yeah. TV viewers are idiots; new things scare them and smart things make them feel stupid. The secret is to uphold the status quo at the very end. Colfer did that, and because he did, there's a sense of closure, though very much not a "The End."

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Kelil Stephanos

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