I fear that I've made this sound more amusing than it really is.
The air of the Hitchhiker's Guide has departed, leaving a rather dry ramble through flashbacks and history with an occasional step towards the delivery of the Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity. There's a few clever moments, but not enough to really enliven the read. And while Gormley does evoke Discworld's Death, he lacks the charm of the ONE WHO SPEAKS IN CAPS.
Perhaps this book is too subtle for me.
But I'm still waiting to see just how Cooper's lies fall apart on him