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Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day! Always fun. I'll have to wear my pirate T-shirt and possibly call up my Mum and talk to her like a pirate.

But even the joy of tomorrow's celebrations can't stop my mind from returning to the piece of news which has vexed me since yesterday: Eoin Colfer, author of the Atemis Fowl books, has been commissioned by Penguin to write a sixth Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy novel, titled And Another Thing...

This really is blowing my mind. I have never been shy about saying that Douglas Adams' non-fiction was much better than his fiction; his ideas and comedy writing were always excellent, but he couldn't string together a coherent story to save his life. And yet, HItchhikers is such an important cultural touchstone for my generation, and indeed my entire youth; I could quote entire passages of the first book/radio series/television series by the time I was 10, and reread the book every year until my mid-teens, getting more and more jokes every time. Mostly Harmless was the first novel I can remember for which I waited for its release, and I bought the hardcover from a bookshop while on a trip to the Gold Coast, finishing it before the day was out.

So it's little wonder I feel weird about another book, and also have become obsessed with a desire to read all of this Eoin Colfer's books and see what he's about.

At least he has a great attitude; he's scared to death of filling Adams' boots, but at the same time determined to make this the best thing he's ever written.

Arthur Dent isn't too happy about it, either.

Games have crept back into my life in so many forms, and I'm very happy about it. On the video front, I'm enjoying the hell out of Castle Crashers on the XBox 360 (and Kate, if you're out there, I'm still waiting for you to look me up so we can play Ticket to Ride!).

Date: 2008-09-18 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sly-girl.livejournal.com
I have never been shy about saying that Douglas Adams fiction was much better than his fiction

A boldness that has, I'm sure, left many people as unsure of your actual meaning as I find myself at this moment.

Is the prefix "non-" missing from there somewhere?

Date: 2008-09-18 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
What would I do without my faithful editor? ;)

Corrected above, but for ease of reference:
I have never been shy about saying that Douglas Adams non-fiction was much better than his fiction

Date: 2008-09-18 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sly-girl.livejournal.com
Heh. I don't mean to proof - I just do it on auto-pilot :) (At least I didn't point out that you're missing an apostrophe.)

Date: 2008-09-18 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
You know, I noticed that just as I was re-reading it in the email containing your reply...and then of course you mentioned it. It's so easy to correct someone else's writing, why can't I do my own? :P

Date: 2008-09-18 07:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sly-girl.livejournal.com
No one can do their own. It's just one of those things.

Date: 2008-09-18 08:43 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qamar.livejournal.com
Urgh! I suck!!! :)

I just coughed up money for Catan on the weekend. What's your login again? I'll buy ticket to ride and we'll get this party started!!! This weekend for sure!

xoxo

Date: 2008-09-18 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barrington.livejournal.com
Catan is great - I spent a few extra bucks and got the original version skin so it looks like the one we used to play. Totally frivolous, but it gives it that old school charm. I also have the Europe expansion for Ticket to Ride, and Carcasonne with the expansions. Plus Castle Crashers is awesome fun if you feel like something which isn't a board game.

My gamertag is labcoatman - I'll probably be at home on Saturday and Sunday morning, and during the day Monday as well, though I've a show and lots of rehearsals on over the weekend. Do you have a headset so we can chat as well?

See you soon I hope!

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