barrington: (pirate)
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!).

February 2012

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