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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Chance to See ...
Douglas Adams once noted that there was a class of reviewer who simply took the best jokes out of a book and put them in their review. It's going to be difficult to review The Salmon of Doubt without doing that, every page has quotable lines, memorable phrases and oh-so elegant metaphors that are just sitting there waiting for a reviewer to pluck them out. I'll do my best...
Published on 25 April 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not What is Implies
The cover suggests this is mostly the unfinished third novel featuring Dirk Gently but actually it's mostly a collection of various articles written by Adams for various magazines and newspapers. Whilst some are of interest, many are outdated now and of little interest to most.

However, there are also several short stories, one of which being "The Private Life...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slighty damaged, 15 Feb. 2014
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This book wasnt in great condition but it did say it was second hand on the website soit was as advertised. It had all the pages and has the story intact which is what i wanted
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Salmon of Doubt, 21 Jan. 2004
This book is a biographical collection of extracts from Douglas Adams' work including, articles, correspondance and an unfinished draft from book he was writing at the time of his untimely death.

Its main appeal will be to established fans and they will not be disappointed, but the intelligence and wit on display should appeal to anyone with an interest in writing, technology, morality, religion, quantum mechanics, endangered animals or the world around them in general.

It's worth pointing out that this is neither a finished novel nor a true biography but rather more a well presented collection of good pieces of writing.

If you are new to DNA I hope you will read this book and be inspired to go and read all his other stuff (its all good).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Benefit of Doubt., 30 July 2008
`The Salmon of Doubt' is a posthumously published collection of words put into a fantastic collection of arrays by Douglas Adams whom had previously been assembling words in a very pleasing manner in the various incarnations of `The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy' and the `Dirk Gently' novels.

The book contains tributes from comic actor and writer Stephen Fry, Nicholas Wroe, scientist and writer Richard Dawkins and the editor of this collection, Peter Guzzardi. All of which give some insight into Douglas but nothing like the insight Douglas gives of himself in the collection of articles, drafts of speeches and letters which have been prised from the hard drive of Douglas' beloved Apple Mac.

The pieces have been assembled into three sections, Life, The Universe and Everything but the themes don't really add anything to the writing of a man whom could have paraphrased the phone book in a manner that would leave us weeping with laughter.
The best part of the book is the quarter given over to `The Salmon of Doubt' an abandoned rather than incomplete Dirk Gently novel. Adams had apparently decided that the ideas he was exploring did not suit Dirk Gently and was considering rewriting the piece as a Hitch Hikers novel.

Although it would have possibly being a great novel as Adams then saw it I have to say that I enjoyed reading what he had actually written and am only disappointed that I will never get to marvel at the clever conclusion that not only tied up all the loose ends I'd noticed but ten or twelve others I wouldn't have noticed until rereading the book for the nth time. The beauty of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently books was that every time you reread them you found something new which you hadn't noticed before.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurately described, 15 Feb. 2015
NOT a George Gently story - just a collection of articles and editorials from Douglas Adams. Not very interesting as far as I'm concerned
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 25 Oct. 2013
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Absolutely brilliant. I loved the way Douglas Adams shows his vision of life and of his personal experiences with such comedy and insight
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 27 Sept. 2013
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Great book by awesome author, recommend by all means
Go to hell amazon with the stupid minimum word limit system
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5.0 out of 5 stars To quote the late, great Adams himself: Toodle Pip, 8 Jun. 2002
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This review is from: The Salmon of Doubt (Hardcover)
On May 11, 2001, the reading fraternity lost a hero, the world lost a philosopher, the Oxford lounge clubs lost a comedian, and science fiction lost its crowning king. This god among men was Douglas Adams.
Douglas Adams wrote "numerous, humorous books" (to quote L-Space), but he also breathed life into, well...life. Life, the universe and everything, to elaborate. He was the man who answered the Meaning of Life with a numeral, the man who conceptualized a distant future inhabited by suicidally depressed androids, a man who not only comprehended the great fields of science, but was often there, at the forefront, pioneering new frontiers.
Douglas Adams was also *the* post-modernist comedian. Certainly, there were and are multitudinous others--how could we forget Monty Python's members, or Spike Milligan and the Goons, or even Richard Curtis and Ben Elton? We couldn't, of course; but many ambassadors for these aforementioned legacies live on...unfortunately, Adams does not.
Douglas Adams wrote "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Many believe that was *all* he wrote. To paraphrase Dave of DaveLand, many people are dumb. Douglas Adams was a humanist, a pragmatist, a comic, and a dreamer. "The Salmon of Doubt" represents all these aspects of Adams' grandiose personality brilliantly.
The fact that "Salmon" has been published posthumously means nothing: if one may recall, Tolkien's "The Silmarillion" was published posthumously...I rest my case. Within "The Salmon of Doubt" one can read Adams' extensive material (most of which he authored *after* "Mostly Harmless", and a lot of it, even after "Starship Titanic"). There are pieces from editor Peter Guzzardi, a poignant foreword by Stephen Fry, a farewell from Richard Dawkins, the order of service for his memorial...as well as countless interviews conducted both online and in person with Adams. There are occasional musings and quotes, unattached, by the man himself scattered throughout the book; as well as fictional stories "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" and "The Private Life of Ghengis Khan" (this latter being co-authored by the likewise late, great Graham Chapman).
Also within "The Salmon of Doubt" are extemporaneous lectures ("Is There An Artificial God?" being the greatest, and most thought-provoking piece); articles on Adams' preferred varieties of computers (and snippets and remarks on those that he loathed most); and rememberances on his schooldays when Adams would purchase "Eagle" magazine, wear short trousers, and listen to the frequent harmonizing of The Beatles.
Most importantly, however, within "The Salmon of Doubt" are the plump articles and anecdotes which incur fits of out-loud laughter, and serious head-nodding--this is saving the best for last. The brief anecdote "Cookies" Adams penned, ending the "Universe" section of "The Salmon of Doubt" is hilarious; even more so, his "Radio Scripts Intro" included within this text, also. Articles such as "The Rhino Climb" show Adams' perceptive eye for both the absurd, and for characterisation (the image of Giles behind a tree, smoking a ciggy is radiant); but miscellaneous articles, such as "Riding the Rays" and "Maggie & Trudie" not only make one laugh thunderously (particularly with the former, with the snide references to Australia)...but also manages to make the reader near weeping. If this weren't enough, there are articles such as "The Little Computer That Could" and "The Rules" which contain possibly some of the greatest Adamssy quotes ever coined.
Then there is "The Salmon of Doubt" itself...the previous material alone is worth the money one shells out for the purchase of the book; the eleven chapters of this new unfinished novel, however, ensure that this collection is a collector's item.
"The Salmon of Doubt", although an incomplete novel, contains so many brilliant lines, so many intriguing new characters, so much raw potential for greatness, and so many possibilities that it is hard for me not to regard the book as Adams' best fictional novel (despite the fact that I am sticking my neck out to voice this opinion). "The Salmon of Doubt" is astounding: it is hilarious; the philosophies are hugely memorable; and the course of events within the novel makes for a comic rollercoaster ride of pure enjoyment.
"The Salmon of Doubt" follows the exploits of Dirk Gently (cleaning up the few scattered loose-ends from "The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul"), as he is commissioned to locate half a cat, and pursue an actor of mysterious origins. Thrown into the mix are the popular Thor, Norse God of Thunder; Dave of DaveLand, utopian niceguy, and worshipper of St. Clive, patron saint of real-estate agents; Desmond, the bemused rhinoceros; and minor characters who will make you cry out in joy. Dirk is as heroically stuffy as ever; and just as enigmatic. "The Salmon of Doubt" concludes disdainfully, as the reader is having so much fun...but it concludes, also, with a unique feel. As if Adams was exploring something altogether different, and extremely exciting.
But let's not forget the lines and the jokes...there are similes within "The Salmon of Doubt" that PG Wodehouse would assuredly given his left lung for; there are lines within "The Salmon of Doubt" (my favourite: "I don't do cats"), that incur into the reading audience the urge to stand up and applaud; and there are philosophies that have the ability to show the norm in a humorous light.
This is cosmic, comic, wondrous collection of work from that master of the Macintosh, and should be put upon the shelves next to the likes of "Last Chance To See..." in homage.
So long. Thanks for all the salmon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 28 July 2014
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Brillian even though it's not finished (Douglas Adams died when the book was only about 25% written)
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2.0 out of 5 stars this is a very poor bed, 5 Mar. 2015
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Very disappointing After the first two books in this series, this is a very poor bed fellow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 May 2015
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Filling in the gaps in my Douglas Adams collection. Loving it so far...
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