"Hitchhiking" Again…

I am a bit mixed about the news that there will be another “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” book coming out, sometime in 2009 (October, I find out after a bit of Googling).

I remember getting wrapped up in the original series, getting and reading all of them over various trips to the public library when I was younger. I remember thinking that some of the ideas were cool (in my thirteen year old, wild imagination) – like always having a bag packed and ready to grab – but always having a towel inside!

I haven’t read the books in years, but it generally finds itself being, even somewhat obliquely, mentioned at least once a week. (Granted, it is usually when someone ask, “Can I ask you a question?” To which, I reply, “42” before they really get a chance to articulate the question.)

So, now that another book is coming, written by someone other the Douglas Adams himself. Having never read any of the Artemis Fowl books (but I have thought about it), I am not quite sure how the styles will gel – more to the point, I don’t know if Eoin Colfer already writes in a similar tone (he is a comedian, from what news bits I have read). The book is approved by Adams’ widow, so I don’t have any issues there…

I guess, it’s just part of the emotional disconnect… the “but you’re not him” thing, with the mixed enthusiasm of a new book in the series, but concern over how well the book will actually fit in with its siblings…

Time to begin the wait for next October, so we can all see…

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