Douglas Adams himself admitted the end of "Mostly Harmless" was a bit bleak, and he would probably need to go back to the series and write a sixth book to end the story. He didn't as, ironically enough, Death stroke him down with a heart attack while he was running in order to stay healthy, Many years later the necessary but impossible task was handed over to Eoin Colfer who, true to the principles of the series, both did and didn't, meaning he wrote a sixth installment but really didn't end the story (I suspect Adams couldn't, too, without just having everything and everybody killed by Vogons).
The result is pleasing: Colfer manages to make sense of most of the unresolved threads which Adams left to hang, and at the same time stay true to the mood and humour of the originals. There isn't much new in it, but then again Colfer is not writing his own fiction, but merely servicing someone else's. In my opinion he did a great job, and the final pages are possibly the achievement Adams himself couldn't reach. Bows and rounds of applause for Colfer, may Thor grant him eternal undeath in Valhalla.
I really liked this, I think it brought new life to the series. I don't really know why nobody likes it. I think Douglas Adams would have been proud of this book.
While the dialogue might work in a Hitchhiker's radio play, the motivations are always new and unfamiliar. Most of what happens with Ford, Arthur, Trillian, and Random is not very interesting. Nevertheless the book does have moments of good satire and some parts are not far removed from the sorts of situations Douglas Adams wrote for these characters....Continua
Started really well, but in the middle the main characters almost disappear and the overall pace of the story loses something. Anyway in the end everything wraps up properly and the book ends leaving a nice smile on your face. It's not a conclusion, but the book itself says nothing begins, and nothing ends. So it's a nice "in the middle"!
And another thing... After Elvis' appearance in one of the former books, now it's Marylin Monroe's turn... and not in a less bizzarre situation!...Continua