Thursday, September 18, 2008

Don't Panic

Eoin Colfer

In news today, Eoin Colfer is to write the sixth Hitchhiker's novel. Normally I am a little unsure about an author taking over another author's series. However, in this case, it looks like Colfer is set to approach the novel as himself, which is a good sign. In the Guardian, he says it's "like suddenly being offered the superpower of your choice." I teach Colfer's Artemis Fowl in the Children's Literature unit (I'm hoping next year to offer students the choice to study the novel or the graphic novel, but don't quote me on that yet). It's a great book for turning notions of morality and evil on their heads. And then, of course, there's the fact that it's enormously funny. In fact, Colfer rates as a comedian as well as an author. For a taste of his humour, try the Guardian podcast. His Gollum story is priceless.

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