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The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2005
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The essay/article portion of the book, while interesting, does have an unavoidably hodgepodge feel to it. Most of this material will be familiar to diehard Douglas Adams fans (in fact, much of it has already been printed elsewhere - little here is new material), but it is nice to have it all gathered together in one place. Unfortunately, no index or table of contents is provided, so finding a particular piece is rather challenging.
The portion of the book actually devoted to "The Salmon of Doubt" is very intriguing. As the editor notes, the eleven chapters are stitched together from three separate "versions" of the novel that Adams was working on at the time of his death. As a result, some of the chapter transitions are very choppy (and of course the story sputters out without a proper ending, although this does seem vaguely appropriate for a Dirk Gently novel). However, I found chapters two through seven of the book to be very engaging; a bit rough, certainly, but this was shaping up to be a great Dirk Gently novel. It was with sadness that I reached the end of this story and realized that there would be no ending, and further, no other novels from Douglas Adams.Read more ›
Douglas Adams, author of the five books in the vastly popular comic-space saga "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy (you did indeed read that correctly), plus an assortment of other novels, died in May 2001.
Now comes a posthumous collection of his writings, called "The Salmon of Doubt," which allows his fans one last, gentle look at a revolutionary voice in literature and science-fiction.
"Salmon" is very much a toast to Adams, a eulogy to him.
The assembled writings are fabulous, culled from a massive selection of writings, letters, essays, various introductions and other things from Adams' computer.
The title refers to an included unfinished Dirk Gently book which, had he lived, might have turned into the sixth "Hitchhiker" book.
Other points of interest:
The first published work of twelve-year-old Douglas Adams, a letter to the editor to "The Eagle," a popular boys' magazine.
"Y," in which Adams helpfully points out that the question "Why?" is the only one important enough to have had a letter named after it.
"Riding the Rays," in which Adams gets the idea to compare riding a new technological submarine, the "Sub Bug," to riding manta rays off the coast of Manta Ray Bay near Australia, the rejection of his proposal when it comes to riding the rays and, upon discovering a manta in said bay, his ease with giving up the pursuit of a ride. Quite possibly the best entry in the whole book.
"Is There an Artificial God?" is an interesting speech from Adams on his aetheism, as he breaks downb his non-belief into steps and explores the contrasts between science and religion.
"Cookies," in which Adams finds himself plagued by the most horrid of human entities: The cookie thief.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Prolly the most stupidest piece of drivel written. This is obviously just a money grab for the author, banking on the title to sell it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SF
Though I don't kick myself for not having Mr. Adams sign my complete collection of Hitchhicker's Guide books when he was appearing at the fruit computer company convention, I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ex Army
Good collection of essays by Adams. Wish there were more artifacts.Published 3 months ago by Hill Country Adjunct
An essential item for any Douglas Adams fan. The collection of essays and witticisms by the late writer prove that his wit was truly marvelous, even when he wasn't writing about... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexander L. Gallegos
Classic Douglas Adams, tongue in cheek, irreverent... what more can I say.Published 4 months ago by Gary E. Crowther
Great book for Douglas Adams fans:
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time is a posthumous collection of previously published and unpublished material... Read more
If you love Douglas Adams half as much as I do... You're in for a treat.Published 7 months ago by Helena R.
The worst of Douglas adams. The first three were amazing, as we know, and the last three, including this one, is worse than 50 shades of gray and twilight combined. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Quinlin