- The Times
"I hope it’s not rude to suggest that Colfer is happier in the company of evil, dribbling Vogons than with ordinary human beings, but he writes about aliens and gods with inventive, infectious glee, even investing old two-heads, Zaphod Beeblebrox, with fresh life. Encounters with various Norse gods are enormously entertaining, and as he can’t poke fun at Englishness in the same way that Adams did, he gives us another stereotype to enjoy: “With regards to diddle-ee-aye Irishness, Hillman Hunter was the whole bag of potatoes.”
I haven’t read anything in a long time that made me laugh as much as the battles on Planet Nano involving the elderly super-rich, their personal trainers and a sect of cheese-worshippers who cry, “You will bring Edamnation down on us all!” I can imagine that phrase, and a few others, joining the famous aphorisms of Adams. "http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/ ... 866119.ece
- The Observer
"Within pages, it's clear this is a triumph. Colfer has pulled off the near-impossible. It's faithful to Adams's humour and, more important, it's also got his rhythm, the cadences and the footfalls that made his style so often (badly) imitated. But Colfer doesn't shy from introducing his own brand of wit, his own complex logic confettis. It's the work of an author who can write anyway, with a beautiful, vaulting imagination, and who obviously loves Adams's style so much he can echo it without falsity or accidental parody. There is not a lazy sentence.
It is also, as it were, updated. It would have been wilful of Colfer not to acknowledge the changes that have taken place in our, the allegedly real, world since Adams's first book was published 30 years ago – the internet and, in general, our far greater sophistication with computers – so he's unafraid to bandy about talk of downstreaming and uploading."http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oc ... glas-adams
- The Time
"Colfer -- who wrote the Artemis Fowl books -- does a smart thing, which is that he doesn't try to do a Douglas Adams impression. He is funny in a way that's not totally un-reminiscent of Adams, but he's much more rapid-fire. The jokes come at a practically vaudevillian rate. There's more hit and miss, which takes adjusting to. But you do adjust.
And the book is, amazingly, a success. The good stuff is the same good stuff that I used to love, and that I never thought I'd see again. And Another Thing... is funny not in a let's-make-light-of-bad-things way, but in a things-are-so-much-worse-than-anybody-admits way.
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- The Independant
"The book has to walk a tricky path – diverge too much from Adams's tone, and it won't be embraced by the fans; simply rework old jokes, and it's hard to see the point. Colfer does bring new stuff to the table, especially in business with slightly sad Gods ranging from Lovecraft's Great Cthulhu to the Norse (well, Marvel Comics') Asgard, which seems more Pratchetty than Adamsian. He also gets the fundamental melancholy of the whole thing, where the bright-spark ideas and long strings of bizarre thought are all in the service of a vision of the universe as gently running down and stuffed full of self-important idiots, whining victims, insanely violent species and great extinctions."http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter ... 07158.html