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The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy…

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2002)

by Douglas Adams

Other authors: Peter Guzzardi (Editor)

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (6), Dirk Gently (Unfinished Novel)

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I love Douglas Adams' writing but this is a tough collection to rate. It's very jumbled and the entries range from excellent to barely complete, which to be fair is the purpose of the book - being a collection of Adams' writings some of which, but not all, found on various hard drives etc after his death. Certainly the author cannot be blamed for the posthumous editing that went into this.

I also found it quite repetitive, with the same quotes surfacing a number of times in various guises, which led me to believe that Adams had a few stock stories that were endlessly repeated. I don't believe this is true of course but I wish that the editors were more attuned to how the thing would read once finished.

Of course one phrase that was repeated several times in the book was that in Adams' opinion The Salmon of Doubt extract contained herein would end up as a Hitchhiker book and not "Dirk Gently #3" as Goodreads insist on calling it. I managed to get them to add the word "included" to the series title but still, it's a little misleading. This is not DG3 or even HGTTG6 it's just the last collection of writings, both fiction and non, from a much-missed and talented man - although I think Adams would appreciate the irony of the need to label everything, however accurately. ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
This incredible book is actually a recolection of interviews, speechs, newspapers' articles by Douglas Adams and the manuscript of what the book "The Salmon of Doubt" would be if the author had not suffered an early death. It's pure genius... And although it's sad to think that such a man ended it gives me much joy to think that his words and thoughts will stay forever. This is a book for anytime. I can't wait to have my own copy. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
This made for a bizarre and entertaining reading experience. It was basically a hodgepodge of short stories by the author and various interviews of Adams. Some of them were very funny and others informative. Douglas Adams seems like a fascinating dude. Then (and without much warning), The Salmon of Doubt (TSOD) started. At first, I thought it was just another of the previous stories but then it occurred to me that this one was lasting longer.

And then things started to get repetitive and I realized that Adams had used all the previous material for this rather longer short story called the Salmon of Doubt. The story was okay and did a fine job of sucking me into the plot and characters but I think the publishers made a good decision to include all the other materials because that was vastly more interesting. But also, it made TSOD all the more interesting to see how it had been inspired. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
Well... it wasn't the third Dirk Gently book. At least mostly not. That is to say, it did include a few chapters of the unfinished third book, but primarily it was, well, an epilogue to a life that ended way too early. It was the contents of Douglas Adams' computer, collected together by friends and family after his all-too-sudden death, as well as a few writings from people who knew him.

It doesn't sound like a great read, does it? But it really, really was. There were lots of little bits of non-fiction writing, which I -- having never read his non-fiction -- greatly appreciated. It was also, in some parts, a biography written by a friend, and you really feel his loss. And no, there's not a whole lot of moaning and groaning about it, because it's not necessary to realize what a great person and author the world has lost. What he wrote, and the stories about his life, do that perfectly well on their own.

A MUST READ for anyone who likes his other works. The individual essays will appeal to anyone with a quirky, intellectual, but not stuck-up sense of humor -- think Monty Python -- but given the biographical stuff, I would recommend reading his other works first. ( )
  Andibook | Dec 29, 2014 |
I love the works of Douglas Adams: for me, he is the best humorous writer since Cervantes and so, it feels almost traitorous to write a bad review of his final book. None the less, that is what I find myself in the position of doing.

This tome was cobbled together by publishers keen to squeeze every penny from the Adams brand. It consists of items written for newspapers and magazines plus a literally cobbled together version of the book that Adams was working on up to his demise. The articles are witty and raise the odd smile but, cut adrift from their natural moorings, they begin to pall. Then we get to the novel. Again, we see flashes that remind us as to why we admire Adams but, the stitching together of three different drafts is hardly ideal and the stitching does burst open from place to place.

The over all affect of reading this book was to increase my sympathy for Douglas Adams. I did not know the man, other than by his works, but he appears to have been a tremendously inventive chap who came up with HHG2G and was NEVER allowed to forget it. If we are to be brutally honest, it was a series that should have stopped at a trilogy but, I imagine, that the pressure from his publishers to keep churning out more, so long as sales could be maintained, must have been enormous. When he, finally, managed to break free, he remained in the science fiction mode with Dirk Gently and, he was off on another series that he could not escape. Whether the Salmon of Doubt would have ended up as a great work, we will never know but, to publish the rough version as an epitaph seems an act of pecuniary, rather than humane, concern. If you are a Douglas Adams nerk, then get this book; if, however, you want a good book, re-read the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: now there is talent at its peak! ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Dec 21, 2014 |
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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guzzardi, PeterEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brambilla, FrancoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cerf, ChristopherForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chapman, GrahamContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dawkins, RichardAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tran, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On Friday, May 11, 2001, the world mourned the untimely passing of Douglas Adams, beloved creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, dead of a heart attack at age forty-nine. Thankfully, in addition to a magnificent literary legacy—which includes seven novels and three co-authored works of nonfiction—Douglas left us something more. The book you are about to enjoy was rescued from his four computers, culled from an archive of chapters from his long-awaited novel-in-progress, as well as his short stories, speeches, articles, interviews, and letters.

In a way that none of his previous books could, The Salmon of Doubt provides the full, dazzling, laugh-out-loud experience of a journey through the galaxy as perceived by Douglas Adams. From a boy’s first love letter (to his favorite science fiction magazine) to the distinction of possessing a nose of heroic proportions; from climbing Kilimanjaro in a rhino costume to explaining why Americans can’t make a decent cup of tea; from lyrical tributes to the sublime pleasures found in music by Procol Harum, the Beatles, and Bach to the follies of his hopeless infatuation with technology; from fantastic, fictional forays into the private life of Genghis Khan to extended visits with Dirk Gently and Zaphod Beeblebrox: this is the vista from the elevated perch of one of the tallest, funniest, most brilliant, and most penetrating social critics and thinkers of our time.

Welcome to the wonderful mind of Douglas Adams.

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From the unfathomable imagination of Douglas Adams, this is his internationally bestselling final book; a zany collection of essays, articles, anecdotes, and stories.

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