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Douglas Adams

The Salmon of Doubt

Before his untimely death in 2001, Douglas Adams had started writing a new Dirk Gently novel. The Salmon of Doubt contains the first few chapters of this novel.

Most of the book though is a collection of articles which Adams had written, brought together into one place. There are interviews for various publications, Adams telling of his problems with computers, his views on religion and so on. In fact all sorts of stuff, with plenty of that unique Adams style.

The book starts with an editor's note, followed by a prologue, then a foreword. That's a lot to work through before getting to the real stuff - which includes an introduction written by Adams for another book on why he hates writing introductions.

If you are a fan of Douglas Adams then of course you will want to read this book, but you should realise that the main part of it is the articles rather than the story. Adams delights in introducing several seemingly unconnected threads, and here they never have a chance to connect. If you're not a fan of Adams' fiction, you might still give this book a try as his style does result in some very amusing articles. info
Paperback 336 pages  
ISBN: 0345460952
Salesrank: 517297
Published: 2003 Ballantine Books
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Paperback 336 pages  
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Weight:0.49 lbs
Published: 2003 Pan
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“A fitting eulogy to the master of wacky words and even wackier tales . . . Salmon leaves no doubt as to Adams’s lasting legacy.”—Entertainment Weekly

With an introduction to the introduction by Terry Jones

Douglas Adams changed the face of science fiction with his cosmically comic novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its classic sequels. Sadly for his countless admirers, he hitched his own ride to the great beyond much too soon. Culled posthumously from Adams’s fleet of beloved Macintosh computers, this selection of essays, articles, anecdotes, and stories offers a fascinating and intimate portrait of the multifaceted artist and absurdist wordsmith.

Join Adams on an excursion to climb Kilimanjaro . . . dressed in a rhino costume; peek into the private life of Genghis Khan—warrior and world-class neurotic; root for the harried author’s efforts to get a Hitchhiker movie off the ground in Hollywood; thrill to the further exploits of private eye Dirk Gently and two-headed alien Zaphod Beeblebrox. Though Douglas Adams is gone, he’s left us something very special to remember him by. Without a doubt.

“Worth reading and even cherishing, if only because it’s the last we’ll hear from the master of comic science fiction.”—The Star-Ledger