www.guardian.co.uk: Hundreds of people gathered at London‘s South Bank today dressed in differing hues of dressing gown and carrying towels to mark the resurrection of a fondly remembered sci-fi classic.
They were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first book in Douglas Adams‘s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comic series and the publication today of And Another Thing …, written by Eoin Colfer, the novelist chosen by Adams’s estate to ensure the return of bemused Earthling hero Arthur Dent and others thought to have been wiped out in the fifth book of the series written by Adams before he died from a heart attack in 2001.
Dent’s dressing-gown garb, and towels as carried by Ford Prefect, the alien who first saves him when Earth is about to be obliterated to make way for a hyperspace highway, have become totemic symbols of a multimedia brand that began life as a radio series in 1978 and spawned TV, cinematic, comic and computer adaptations.
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Irish author creates new world of magic and mystery
www.nctimes.com: Seeking a piece of the post-Hogwarts world of children’s and young adult fantasy lit, Irish author Derek Landy has crafted a charming new series built around a supernatural crime-solving duo, only one of whom is still alive.
The living half of the team would be Valkyrie Cain, An Irish teenager who inherited her uncle’s manor when he died. It was only after she acquired the manor that she learned it came with one Skulduggery Pleasant, skeleton detective. And that with her uncle’s demise, Skulduggery was in need of new assistance.
Now in its third volume, The Skulduggery Pleasant series finds our two heroes continuing their battle —- only partly successfully —- to keep the much-feared Faceless Ones from returning to our dimension to wreak havoc and enslave humanity. The books are a fun read, suitable for older children and teens. There’s some scariness involved, and quite a bit of suspense.
I like a good mystery/fantasy book 🙂 and the covers look really good. What are your thoughts on this? Have you read the Skulduggery Pleasant series?