5 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to start off the year

We’re already some way into 2017, but I wanted to take the chance to recommend some books I think you’d enjoy this year. These aren’t new publications but are simply books I have enjoyed reading in the last year. If you enjoy Science Fiction (or Speculative Fiction as it’s sometimes called) and Fantasy I’m pretty sure you will find something to enjoy here.

Many of these books to deal with adult themes, contain swearing, or are otherwise aimed at an adult audience. Just giving you a heads-up before you buy them for your children! Anyway… here we go!

1. Rivers of London

by Ben Aaronovitch

A murder witness approaches a Metropolitan Police Constable to give evidence. There’s just one problem… the witness is also dead. PC Peter Grant is then thrown into a world where he learns that ghosts, magic, and all other manner of fantastic situations aren’t actually fantasy; they’re very real.

Not only that, the Met has known this for quite some time and has a department to deal with them! PC Grant winds up working with the “magic department”, and learning a few tricks of his own along the way.

Rivers of London mixes elements of fantasy with comedy, has a cracking story, and plugs right into that sneaking suspicion that there’s more to the world than what we see.

If you enjoy this, there’s a series of follow-up books too.

Find Rivers of London on Amazon.co.uk

2. Old Man’s War

by John Scalzi

Old Man’s War is John Scalzi’s debut novel. I mention this because it’s probably my favourite book of recent times and I’m amazed that it’s his first! It falls firmly into the category of Science (or Speculative) Fiction. It’s the story of an elderly man who joins the Colonial Defence Force. Yes, this OAP just decided to join the army.

Why would he do that? As we learn in the opening pages, the CDF only takes elderly recruits, but it does so on the promise that it can make them “young” again. The process by which that happens and the events that affect our OAP once he enters military service had me completely enthralled from beginning to end.

Again, if you enjoy this novel there is a series of follow-up books.

Find Old Man’s War on Amazon.co.uk

3. The Martian

by Andy Weir

Mark Watney is part of a manned mission to Mars. He didn’t expect to be left behind, though, and become the first human to be completely alone on a planet.

There’s loads of gallows humour and science fiction actually based on science. If you’ve seen the movie and are thinking you would like there to have been more, this is definitely for you!

Someone once told me this book (and the movie) are for people who watched Apollo 13 and wish the entire thing was like the part where they were trying to work out how to make a new Carbon Dioxide scrubber using only what was available in the Lunar Module. That’s probably a fair comparison, actually, but it’s surprisingly fascinating to see how the various problems Watney faces cold be solved.

What surprised me is that Andy Weir didn’t have a contact at NASA he could ask about the tech of a hypothetical Mars mission. Instead, he crowdsourced the material by posting book excerpts online and allowing people to comment and correct him (and you know how the Internet is for correcting people!).

All in all a brilliant read, and highly recommended. Just be aware it drops the f-bomb in the first few lines but, then, if you were stranded on another planet I reckon you might be a bit sweary too!

Find The Martian on Amazon.co.uk

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

This is an absolute classic, and one I come back to again and again. Douglas Adams’ absurd tale of Arthur Dent, dressing-gown wearing survivor of Earth’s demolition (to make way for a hyperspace bypass), requires a certain willingness to abandon logic and just go with it but, I promise you, it’s worth it.

The story leaps from one bizarre situation to another in a series of highly improbable events that never fail to make me laugh even now, after goodness knows how many readings.

If you enjoy the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there is a series of follow-up books too.

Find The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on Amazon.co.uk

5. Neverwhere

by Neil Gaiman

Is what you see real? What if there’s more than just the mundane world we see around us every day? Richard Mayhew inadvertently manages to leave the mundane world and enter the magical world of London Below… a world where the normal rules don’t apply, and things take on a new and fantastic meaning. The caution to Mind the Gap on the Tube? It’s more than just about being careful not to fall between the train and the platform. The Angel, Islington? Well, in London Below it actually lives up to its name.

Richard’s adventures as he tries to get his life back and save a young girl called Door from assassination kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Now that I think of it, the hidden world here probably puts it in the same category as Rivers of London. If you enjoy one, I’m sure you’ll enjoy both.

Find Neverwhere on Amazon.co.uk

So there we go – five ideas of books to keep you entertained and enthralled. I loved all of these, and I have some others I want to tell you about in a future post. If you do read them, please do let us know what you think by leaving a comment or, if you want to say something after comments have closed here (we do that after a while to cut down on comment spam) you can pop over to our SubReddit and leave your thoughts there instead.

An interview with Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13’s Agent Pete Lattimer)

Eddie McClintock and Joanne KellyIf you caught the last series of SyFy’s Warehouse 13, you’ll know it went out with a bang (literally). The warehouse has been destroyed, Mrs Frederic, HG Wells and Steve Jinks are dead… where do we go from here? Well, we’re about to find out, because Warehouse 13 returns to the UK on the 6th of September. One of the stars of the show, Eddie McClintock (aka Agent Pete Lattimer) was kind enough to spend some time on the phone with me to talk about the show in general, and what we can expect from this season.

Enjoy.

One of the reasons people enjoy Warehouse 13 is the sense of fun that’s interweaved throughout it. I’ve often wondered how much of Pete Lattimer is actually your personality, just being able to play around. So how much of you is in Pete?
After four years, working, playing Pete for fifteen, sixteen hours a day, five days a week, I feel that it would be incredibly difficult for me to try and be something else. If it were maybe a smaller part or a bit part I could try and play a character but I think the audiences are sophisticated enough now that they know when an actor is lying. There’s a lot of me in there. I have a particularly sophomoric sense of humour so the writers use that and they give me the words, we blend them together and it just seems to work out. People come up and say, “We think you’re so funny, you have such a great sense of humour” and I’m just like, “Well, you should thank the exec producer Jack Kenny because I’m basically just a meat puppet and they give me all the funny stuff”.

I think you’re right, you can tell when an actor is “acting” for want of a better word, or when they’re putting something of themselves into the part. I think that comes across.
Right, I love what I do – Pete loves what he does. You know, I get to run around, save the world and carry a ray gun. How can that not be fun? It’s the best job.

We haven’t seen season 4 in the UK yet [it starts Sept 6th], but I understand it’s already running in the US?
Yeah, I think we’re about halfway through here.

OK, we’re still at the point where the warehouse is gone and three of the characters are dead so we’re all kind of hanging on waiting to see what’s going to happen. I’m curious to know whether it was hard to film the end of series 3. It was quite hard to watch in some ways, was it hard to be a part of?
No – not hard, it was just rewarding – that would be a better way to explain it. When I finally saw the finished product, especially the episode Emily Lake where we discover Jinks’ body after he’s been murdered and, I tell you, I don’t care if it’s SyFy or what channel you’re watching, that was some good TV. That was poignant TV; you felt so much, even me watching Allison [Scagliotti] mourn the death of her friend, Pete being shocked that this new friend was gone, and the fact that you cared so much for the death of Jinks spoke a lot about what Aaron Ashmore was able to do with the character. He made Jinks so likeable that you, as a viewer, really mourned his death and you felt for those characters because we’d been lucky enough, through the writing and through the show to be able to develop characters that people have grown to care about. You always hurt when you see people that you care about hurting. I think it was really well done, I’m incredibly proud of that moment, and I don’t think it was as hard to do as it was rewarding.

From some of the trailers and previews we’ve seen here in the UK, we can gather that there’s going to be some heavy use of artifacts to try and get the warehouse back, but we also know there will be consequences to that and that the writers will kill characters off if necessary. Is it fair to say we’re going to see a darker tone to the series this time around?
What we don’t want to do on the show, obviously, is make it predictable. We don’t want the viewers to be able to go, “Oh, it’s Warehouse 13, it’s sci-fi, they’ll just use an artifact that will turn back time, bring everyone back to life and everybody’s going to be fine”. I think, obviously, the show is not called, “A big hole in the ground filled with dead people”, it’s called Warehouse 13 so, chances are, we’re going to figure out a way to bring the warehouse back. We may see other characters who’ve died come back, but we want there to be consequences and we need those consequences to be severe. Will there be a tonal shift in the show? I don’t think so; I think Pete will continue to be Pete, he’ll continue to have fun. As Joanne [Kelly] said, and I think she put it really well, we’ll continue to paint with the same colours we’ve always painted with but we will be adding a darker tone. So we aren’t taking out any of the other things, we’re adding a new tone to the show. That tone will be reflected in the consequences that we find occur after the warehouse is returned.

It’s really cool; Brent Spiner who played Data on [Star Trek] The Next Gen raises his head to become kind of the new nemesis, so that was amazing to be able to work with Brent because he’s kind of an icon and he does an amazing job. There’s a bit of a dark undertone that carries through this season, and I like it. It doesn’t change the show tonally, but it gives you that sense of impending doom, which I think is kind of cool. You need to up the stakes from season to season or else the show’s over.

With you saying Brent Spiner will be making an appearance, it almost seems like there’s been a roll call of Star Trek actors coming to the show. You’ve had Kate Mulgrew, who turned out to be your mum, and Rene Auberjonous in a previous season…
Jeri Ryan, who played Seven of Nine… how cool is that? My ex-wife is the hottest Borg in the universe and my mom is a Starfleet Captain!

Have you ever found, when you’ve been filming the show, that you’ve wished a particular artifact actually worked and you could take it home?
I’ve always said that if there was one artifact that I could take home and have be real it would be Janis Joplin’s backstage pass from Woodstock, and that whoever held that backstage pass could travel to any concert that’s ever been. That way I could go and see Black Sabbath and the Doors and all the bands that came before me that my dad turned me on to as a kid but I never had the opportunity to see live.

Finally, if you could describe the new series of Warehouse 13 in one word, what would it be?
Awesome!

A huge thanks to Eddie McClintock, and to SyFy for arranging the interview – I have to say it was a genuine pleasure and Eddie was great fun just to chat with.

Keep an eye out for Warehouse 13 season 4 on SyFy. It starts on September the 6th, at 9pm. Check out the SyFy Warehouse 13 microsite [link removed – it’s defunct now] for more information and some trailers. You can also connect with Eddie on Twitter.

As ever, feel free leave a comment as well. Are you looking forward to the show? Are you a fan and want to tell us why you enjoy watching? You know what to do…

Total Recall reboot actually looks quite good

Battlestar Galactica, V, Star Trek… there have been some big Sci Fi franchises getting the reboot treatment in recent years. It’s the tendency for producers to think, “If I were creating this today, what would I do differently?”. Now Total Recall, the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is going all reboot on us.

The thing is, it actually looks like it’s going to be a decent film!

Have a look at the trailer below, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Cyborgs are coming … actually, they’re already here

Back in the late ’90s I was studying Artificial Intelligence at university. I was fascinated by the idea that computers could be made to think, or at least appear to be thinking, and how this could be used to mankind’s advantage. My studies were largely software-based, but I did get to know someone who was studying under one Professor Kevin Warwick. Who is Kevin Warwick? He’s the professor of Cybernetics at Reading University and, it seems, determined to turn himself into a cyborg.

No, seriously. The definition of a cyborg is “a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device” [dictionary.com]. Over the years, Professor Warwick has had several chips implanted into his body to allow him to remote-control limbs and (I’m not sure how this one worked out), communicate wirelessly with his wife. Yes, I know, most of us would just use a mobile phone for that one, but this melding of organic and electronic components is the basis of the cyborgs we see in so many sci-fi shows.

Oh, you want examples? OK, well the Cybermen, Borg and Darth Vader would all be examples of sci-fi cyborgs since they have a combination of organic and mechanical components. Commander Data, however, would not qualify as he is entirely mechanical.

Right, back to reality, now. The reason I’m writing all this is that I saw a very interesting article on Gizmag about a film-maker who lost his eye in a shotgun incident and has now replaced it with a wireless camera. He can’t see through it, but he can download the movies later and see everything he looked at. The eye itself is a bit ugly… I mean, you wouldn’t get away with people thinking it was just a normal eye… but the concept is absolutely amazing. As a promotion for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Rob (the newly-named “eyeborg”) heads out to meet with other “cyborgs” and we get to see the amazing breadth and ingenuity of the human prosthetics scene. From people who can actually see through robotic eyes, to those who have had limbs and other systems replaced with mechanical components. Check out the video below if you’re interested:

I’m genuinely fascinated by all this, how about you? It actually occurs to me that we live and work alongside cyborgs every day… anyone with a pacemaker fits the definition, don’t you think? Heck, would contact lenses or glasses even qualify?

For a nice end to the story, here’s an article about a boy who got a new bionic hand courtesy of the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Is there anything you would like to say about this article? Some thoughts on bionic/cyborg enhancements? Is cyborg a helpful phrase to use, or is it coloured by the fact the cyborgs are usually the bad guys in sci-fi? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

The Doctor Who Experience has landed

If you’ve ever fantasised about taking a flight in the TARDIS, you may be about to get your chance. The Doctor Who Experience invites you to step aboard and join the Doctor on an adventure through time and space.

The Doctor Who Experience opened on Sunday at London’s Olympia Two venue, and promises to be an unmissable event featuring an “exhilarating and unique walk-through experience and an awe-inspiring exhibition.”

Visitors are invited to step through a crack in time to become the Doctor’s companion on an adventure.  Their challenge is to reunite the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst fending off threats from a Dalek spaceship and Weeping Angels along the way, before exploring the wonders of Doctor Who at an out of this world exhibition.

When I was a child I had a TARDIS “wendy house”, and over the years I’ve sometimes wondered whether it would be possible to build a recreation of the main console… hey, this is called Geek-Speak for a reason, you know! So you may understand when I say I’m seriously excited by the possibility of visiting a full-size recreation of the TARDIS console room.

The exhibition element of the Doctor Who Experience charts the success of the show from the first series in 1963 to the most recent episodes starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.  Displays include items never seen before including original costumes, the Tom Baker TARDIS police box and two authentic TARDIS sets from the eras of David Tennant and Peter Davison.  The public are also able to get up close and personal with iconic sets from recent series, including the Pandorica Box and Chair and confront numerous monsters including several generations of the Daleks and Cybermen as well as Silurians an Ice Warrior and a Zygon.

BBC Worldwide have also announced that the Experience will be moving to a long-term home in Cardiff in 2012, so it should hopefully be around for your geeky enjoyment for a long time to come.

Checking on the Doctor Who Experience website as I write this, I see that it’s fully booked until 28th February and visitors are already being encouraged to book for Easter. If you have the opportunity, it’s probably worth looking at trying to get a ticket for a non-holiday date. Otherwise, book well in advance!

Enjoy the gallery of pre-opening shots below and, if you’ve had the chance to visit the Experience why not tell us what you thought in the comments?

Haven premières 7th October on Syfy [UK]

Before we get going properly, can I just apologise for a bit of a glitch yesterday? I’m trying out Windows Live Writer and part of the setup involved creating a temporary post. Unfortunately I’d forgotten that would also trigger an e-mail and tweet about it… Sorry for the confusion.

Right, on to what I wanted to let you know about today. I got notification from SyFy UK that there’s a new series coming out on the 7th of October. The press release is below, but enjoy the trailer first!

It looks like an interesting ride and it definitely has a Stephen King feel to it. This looks like a fairly good bet for some decent telly. Let me leave you with the press release and, hopefully an appetite to catch Haven when it comes out.

STEPHEN KING-INSPIRED SERIES GETS UK AIRDATE
HAVEN launches on Syfy on 7th October at 10pm

UK premiere series HAVEN, inspired by Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, is set to launch in the UK in October – making its debut on Syfy and Syfy HD.

Deep in the heart of Maine, Haven is a place where the cursed have gathered for generations to lead normal lives. Only now those curses have started to come back. Enter FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose). Each week, her investigations will try to keep these supernatural forces at bay as she slowly unravels the many mysteries of Haven – including her own roots to this extraordinary place. Among the people who cross Audrey’s path along the way are local cop Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) and the mysterious and charming Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour).

Each suspense-filled episode focuses on Audrey’s investigation of a single afflicted individual. It’s a rollercoaster ride as Audrey and Nathan make new discoveries about the people in the town and come up with unexpected solutions.

The 13 x one-hour episodes kick off at 10pm on Thursday 7th October, airing weekly. Syfy is available on Sky 129 & HD 214, Virgin 135 & HD 165 and TalkTalk 22.

The (New) Doctor Is In

Warning: This post contains spoilers.

Way back in January of last year, the BBC announced that the newest incarnation of the iconic sci-fi character The Doctor would also be the youngest. Matt Smith would be the youngest actor ever to play the ancient Time Lord.

Well, UK viewers were finally able to get a proper glimpse of Matt in action on Easter Saturday with the transmission of the new Doctor Who episode, The Eleventh Hour. So how did it go?

Ooh, new title sequence. I didn’t expect that for some reason – the visuals and theme tune have both been updated. The visuals are fantastic – not so sure about the theme tune but it’s not terrible. It’ll probably grow on me. Anyway, onward to the episode itself.

Regeneration stories are always a bit wierd. The audience is getting used to a new Doctor, and a new Doctor is getting used to the role. I thought Matt played the traditional confusion really well and it was an interesting angle to have his Doctor not really “arriving” until near the end of the episode. He was still recognisable, but kept making mistakes including blowing up his sonic screwdriver.

It will be good to see how Matt settles in as the series continues, and I’m keen to find out what his “normal” personality will be like. If we’re to believe his own words, it’ll be one of “a madman with a box”!

The episode is fast-paced and it looks like Matt is going to bring a whole bundle of energy to the role. His new companion, Amy Pond played by Karen Gillan, is nicely distrustful and not as willing to simply go along with what she’s told as some past ones. There already seems to be a nice relationship between Amy and The Doctor, and I’m looking forward to seeing how that develops too.

I will admit to being a bit confused to start with, because I was visiting my sister and we had the telly on in the background. So I couldn’t hear it properly and thought when Amy appeared she was wearing an awfully short skirt for a policewoman (not that I’m complaining, really). All becomes clear if you watch it with the volume up though :)

As well as a new Doctor this series introduces a new TARDIS. The exterior looks much cleaner than the previous one, but it’s the console room that’s had the most noticeable change. The organic coral look is toned down in favour of a more angular and technological style. The set is on several different levels reminiscent of the console room from the Peter Cushing movies. I really like the new look apart from the blown glass Time Rotor – it just doesn’t look right to me. But the rest of the room, and the multiple exits that suggest more of the TARDIS might appear on screen all look great.

My favourite moment was a nod to long-standing fans that runs through the face of every Doctor from William Hartnell up to David Tennant, and then Matt proclaims, “Hello, I’m The Doctor”. Favourite one-liner was definitely, “You’re Scottish – fry something!”

The Eleventh Hour was a decent start to the new season. It was enjoyable, but not mindblowingly spectacular. Still, it’s the first episode for a new Doctor, companion, and executive producer, and there’s plenty more to come!

Oh, and finally, the trailer afterwards showed… wait for it… Spitfires. In space. Firing lasers at Dalek Motherships. That’s like every childhood dream rolled into one! Can’t wait for that one!

Did you see The Eleventh Hour? What did you think? Does it look like you’re going to like this new series of Doctor Who? Let us know in the comments.

Atomic Swarm by Jason Bradbury [review]

Jason Bradbury, who you most probably know as one of the presenters of The Gadget Show, released his first children’s novel, Dot.Robot, last year. It was a cracking tale of technology and geekery so when the second book in the series was released I made sure I got my copy quickly!

Atomic Swarm picks up the story of Jackson Farley after he’s left home and taken up a scholarship at MIT. He’s still working on remote-controlled robots, but no longer for the MeX organisation of the first book. Instead he’s working with his MeX partner Brooke and her father.

There’s some really clever storytelling here. Much of the book is devoted to Jackson’s work with Dr English but you’re aware that there’s something going on in the background. I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen, and when, but without being frustrated by the wait to find out. And when it does happen it’s another exciting tale of intrigue and twists. I was constantly guessing what the real storyline was and whether the events so far were just leading up to a twist – suffice to say it certainly kept my interest right up to the end.

Much as with the first book, I’m a little surprised how much I enjoyed this given its 11+ target audience. I also find myself still amazed that the technology referenced in the story is all real! Much of it is so cutting edge that we won’t see it in general use for a while, but real all the same.

I loved the first Dot.Robot and I’m pleased to say I thought Atomic Swarm was just as good. It’s available from Amazon.co.uk* now, and well worth picking up a copy.

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Bring back the Time Lords! [Doctor Who]

Warning: This post contains spoilers concerning the Doctor Who Christmas and New Year specials – if you haven’t seen them and don’t want to know anything about them, STOP READING!

Christmas Day usually brings an extra treat here in the UK (aside from the usual presents, I mean). For a few years now there’s been a Doctor Who Christmas special to look forward to, but this year we also got a New Year’s Day one.

The Christmas Day one was pretty strange, with my dad and I sitting there wondering what on earth was going on. Part two, on New Year’s Day, was much better and introduced us to the new Doctor, played by Matt Smith. Something else really excited me about the story, though, the return of Gallifrey and the Time Lords!

If you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about here’s the summary: The Time Lords are a race of people from the planet Gallifrey. They harnessed the power of a black hole (the Eye of Harmony) and used the energy from that to develop time travel technology. The Doctor is a Time Lord, dotting around the universe in a stolen TARDIS. The Time Lords are no more, however, after a devastating war that left them sealed within a time bubble… only the Doctor and the Master survived.

The Time Lords make a return in this Christmas and New Year’s specials, but the Doctor is horrified by the thought. While Doctor Who fans might remember them as benevolent overseers of time, avoiding interference in the affairs of other species and trying to track down renegade members of their species (the Doctor included) they’ve changed into warmongering people, determined to destroy everything that has ever existed simply to win their war. So… they don’t get to stay around very long.

I had really hoped they’d come back though, because they were among the only people the Doctor couldn’t just wow with his tricks: they knew most of them.

Psychic paper? “Yeh, you probably just nicked that from stores.” TARDIS bigger on the inside than outside? “They’re all like that – we designed them that way, and don’t think of running off ‘cos we’ve changed your TARDIS’ locks.”

Ok, so I’m being a bit silly, but I loved the idea of the Doctor being on the run, a hero to many but a renegade to his own people. I loved there being someone genuinely more powerful than the Doctor, and I loved the idea that another Time Lord could come along in any story and we’d discover a bit more about the race’s background. But it looks like that’s all behind us now.

I have to say, the new series’ of Doctor Who have been fantastic… I’ve just never really liked the “last Time Lord” thing and thought this year’s specials were a great chance to bring them back. It’s a shame that didn’t happen.

Am I the only one to think that? What did you think of the episodes, if you saw them? And what of the Time Lords? Have your say in the comments!

And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer [Review]

Eoin Colfer’s “And Another Thing…” is, on the face of it, a strange book. It’s the sixth instalment of Douglas Adams’ Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. According to the blurb in the back cover “Douglas Adams always intended to write a sixth Hitchiker’s book, but his unfortunate early death in 2001 meant he never got the chance. Now, acclaimed humorist and bestselling author Eoin Colfer, creator of the widely acclaimed (and much-misunderstood) anti-hero Artemis Fowl, has been invited to once again set Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect adrift in space and time.” A Hitchiker’s book not written by Douglas Adams? Hmm, we’ll have to see about that.

One of the characterising features of the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has always been a sense of silliness –  bizarre plot twists that leave you feeling slightly lost whilst still marveling at the cleverness of the story. I remember listening to the radio play of the first book and wondering what on earth was happening when Arthur and Ford first encountered the Heart of Gold, but then realising the whole thing was actually a very clever plot device. So there’s a definite feeling to a Hitchiker’s book, and Eoin has actually managed to capture that pretty well in And Another Thing…. He’s got the balance right between keeping the reader on their toes with unexpected twists, but not straying into the completely ridiculous! In short, this definitely feels like a Hitchiker’s book.

I don’t want to give away any major spoilers, but the story has all the usual characters we’ve got to know in the other Hitchiker’s books, including those jobsworth Vogons. The story cracks on at a fast pace and is brilliantly enjoyable. It’s not absolutely necessary to have read the first five books in the series to enjoy this one, but doing so will definitely help you understand more of what’s going on.

If you’re a fan of the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy you definitely won’t want to miss this. And if you’re not a fan… well, either get hold of the first five books and build up to this one, or just jump straight in and enjoy it!

And Another Thing… is available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.