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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2008, 07:55:35 AM »
Wary. Sorry, typed all that in a hurry last night (I believe I was quite weary at the time, though).


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2008, 11:08:06 AM »
Salmon of Doubt had the first part of the Third Dirk Gently book in it. Douglas Adams said in the book that it was actually more like a Hitchhikers book than a Dirk genlty novel.

But I was wondering how could there be another Hitchhikers book when
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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2008, 02:46:58 PM »
I've read Eoin Colfer. He's a nice author, but I think HHGTTG should be left alone, as is. Don't Mess With It, please?


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2008, 07:06:43 PM »
Ok wow that's a surprise. I remember waiting a hellishly long time for Mostly Harmless to come out and being pretty bummed out by the ending.

I don't think Pratchett, while appealing to the same audience, really has the same voice exactly. I think Rankin could probably do it better.

Or perhaps get Rob Grant or Doug Naylor to do it.

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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #19 on: September 20, 2008, 08:29:10 PM »
Ok wow that's a surprise. I remember waiting a hellishly long time for Mostly Harmless to come out and being pretty bummed out by the ending.

I don't think Pratchett, while appealing to the same audience, really has the same voice exactly. I think Rankin could probably do it better.

Or perhaps get Rob Grant or Doug Naylor to do it.

I've read a couple of their books outside of the Red Dwarf adaptations, and they were both pretty weak.  But perhaps working within an established universe, without having to create one theirselves might work out better.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2008, 05:40:21 AM »
See that's what I was thinking. Grant worked on Stressed Eric and could possibly tap into some of the exasperation with reality present in the Hitchhiker's novels.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2008, 01:04:02 PM »
As a wannabe writer, I'm terrified of the prospect of creating a series beloved the world over, then dying, and having someone else take over. After you're dead, your creative universe should go with you.

On the other hand, if we followed that philosophy with comic books, there wouldn't be many comic books left.

Color me conflicted.

That, and there are some well-established series that found life in other writers' hands. L. Sprague de Camp ran with Conan quite successfully. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution is a phenomenal Sherlock Holmes story. I'd love to be able to create a world that's so potent other people want to play in it. On the other hand, I'd also be jealous and not want anyone else in my sandbox.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2008, 01:12:49 PM »
Yeah but The Seven Per-Cent Solution is hardly a continuation of Holmes in the manner that Conan-Doyle would have intended.

Metafiction is one thing, continuance of the fictional universe is another.

I mean we all love Lovecraft, but without Derleth there's really not be a cohesive Mythos to call Lovecraftian. Now that's continuance of a fictional universe.
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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2008, 11:40:27 PM »
Worst case scenario we get a book that a lot of us ignore and a few people complain endlessly about.

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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2008, 08:45:05 AM »
I read the first book and loved it, but I just couldn't make it through the second book. Zaphod just isn't a character I wanted to spend a whole book exploring. I don't know how anyone could live up to Adams' style, though.



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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2008, 08:57:50 AM »
Yeah I loved Zaphod and Marvin, mind you who doesn't like Marvin?


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2008, 01:09:08 PM »
I liked Zaphod all the way through. Ford too, though I will admit he started to feel a bit 'off' as the books progressed.

And I'm going to have to admit it: while I like Marvin (especially in the third book, when he's on the swamp planet with the mattress), I feel he gets a bit tiresome after a while. Yes, he's brilliant and utterly depressed about everything, so on and so forth. I think that he was kept around for just the right amount of time.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2008, 02:35:27 PM »
Yeah he doesn't look quite like you'd imagine him, or at least I found that.

He is however a very entertaining actor. He was pretty good in the children's show The Queen's Nose.

I wish somebody could pursuade him to do a cover of a certain Radiohead song as well.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #28 on: September 25, 2008, 07:28:47 AM »
I guess it's just the self-centered playboy thing that I just don't like about Zaphod. I love Marvin, of course, being the cynical pessimist that I am.



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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2008, 08:26:04 PM »
Salmon of Doubt had the first part of the Third Dirk Gently book in it. Douglas Adams said in the book that it was actually more like a Hitchhikers book than a Dirk genlty novel.

But I was wondering how could there be another Hitchhikers book when
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Well, seeing as
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, I don't think it's an issue.

If there's one thing the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy is famous for, it's a wanton lack of any continuity or proper plot-follow up between sequels. ^_^


I don't like Trillian at all. She has no character other than "love interest" for most of the series, and when she does it's just to be a mindlessly cruel person who moves the plot along. The alternate reality or "shadow" of trillian was a heckuva lot more well-developed and multidimensional (ooh, scifi pun!)
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