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Book Review: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish By Douglas Adams

“For a moment he felt good about this. A moment or two later he felt bad about feeling good about it. Then he felt good about feeling bad about feeling good about it and satisfied, drove on into the night.”

This is the fourth novel in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Arthur dent is back on the earth. The earth that got destroyed by  Vogons 8 years ago for clearing a path for a new hyperspace bypass.  But now miraculously it has appeared with all things left intact as it is except the dolphins. They have vanished. And people on earth don’t remember about the end of the world nor what happened to dolphins. Arthur then meets girl fenny who unlike others kind of know what happened to the earth but don’t remember it. Also, we get to see God’s Final Message of explanation at the end.

What I liked about this book most is writing. The way Douglas Adams write funny sentences and conversation is totally awesome. I repeatedly read those sentences to feel that magic and beauty of his writing. And sometimes I would read and laugh and next instant I will be like what I just read? Also, chapters are short so you always take a break after reading for a few minutes.

This isn’t much like previous books, which were more focused on science and technology. To me, this book felt like much of a comedy romantic novel rather than a sci-fi novel. There are a few new characters, which are not that bad. Everyone seems a little bit stupid and crazy.

At the start, the plot seems good, but later on, it doesn’t make any sense or wasn’t that good. Plus author himself said sometimes in the book itself that there was a point to the story, but later its escaped the chronicler’s mind. Aside from that, the book is total fun. If you have already read and liked the first 3 books and you need a good laugh, you will probably like this one too.

7 replies on “Book Review: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish By Douglas Adams”

I have read all of Douglas Adams’ books, and I enjoyed all of them, even the ones which didn’t seem to have much of a plot. It was written that way on purpose I’m sure but short of asking Mr. Adams himself, I’m not completely sure. Still, it was a fun story, and I’m so glad someone else enjoyed it too.

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