New from Douglas Adams (er, not exactly)
I know what the sign says. But I can't stop that little pit from forming in my stomach. Why, you ask. (You always ask that. Couldn't you try something more interesting, like: Why not have a chocolate chip cookie, Dave?)
Just heard that children's author Eoin Colfer has been hired to write a sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series. The last Hitchhiker book was written by Douglas Adams 16 years ago. He died in 2001 at age 49.
Nothing against Colfer, whose Artemis Fowl series has been a great success. My nephew Matt, a sixth grader and big-time reader, loves the guy.
But can Colfer capture Adams' madcap comic genius? I've always avoided franchise-extenders such as the Civil War novels that followed Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels or the post-Frank Herbert Dune series. Am I missing out on some great books? Or do all followups pale when compared to the book that started a series?