And Another Thing… New Douglas Adams book by Eoin Colfer is here

Much excitement in the Mansfield household yesterday when this dropped onto the doormat.

Yes, it's the much-anticipated sixth book in the Hitchhiker's Guide series, And Another Thing, this time penned by renowned kids' author Eoin Colfer.

It's been years since I read the original H2G2, but this is actually quite exciting.

A recent Guardian article about the series charted how Adams rose from being a lowly comedy writer to one of the most revered writers of his generation, as a result of the success of the Hitchhikers' Guide series.

I'm looking forward to starting it over the next couple of days to see how Colfer manages to keep the series going – a tough job by anyone's standards.

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Twitterature is here: Literary classics through tweets

TwitteratureThe World’s Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter, aka Twitterature, hit our doormat earlier this week.

A clever, yet bizarre little tome in which some of the most revered pieces of literature are cut up into 140-character chunks and spewed out at speed.

Thus, if you’ve never read, say Dante’s Inferno, you ‘may’ be able to work out what the plot is through tweets like this…

‘I’m being attacked by three theoretical beasts! I don’t think I’m in Italy any more!’

Other greats retold include Beowulf, Romeo & Juliet, Crime and Punishment and Metamorphosis

Currently reading meme

Dark Star Safari by Paul TherouxDale tagged me with this and I’ve been really crap and taken ages to take up the baton, as it were.

So the rules are that I have to open the book at page 123, skip five sentences then share the next three sentences with you all. With that done, I have to tag three of you to do the same on your blogs. I think I see how this works.

I’m actually reading about four books at the moment (scatterbrain mind, I’m sorry), so the one I’ve picked is Paul Theroux’s Dark Star Safari, which a kind of travelogue across Africa, done in his own inimitable style. So um, the sentences.

“Hararis claim not to be frightened of hyenas, and many qat-chewers sat out a night, stuffing their mouths, diverted by the sight of hyenas coming and going and in their foraging similarly chewing.
One day talking to Abdul Hakim Mohammed, who was a prince (his daughters were
gisti, princesses, and he was a direct descendant of the Emir of Harar), he mentioned the hyenas and the hyena men. ‘We had saints – walia, holy men.'”

I pick Clair, Tamzen and Cliff