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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Paperback – 8 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (8 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330491237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330491235
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The looniest of the lot."--Time "A MADCAP ADVENTURE . . . ADAMS'S WRITING TEETERS ON THE FRINGE OF INSPIRED LUNACY."--United Press International "The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings . . . Adams is irresistible."--The Boston Globe "From the Paperback edition."

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So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Part Four

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Format: Paperback
Anyone who has read and enjoyed the sublime Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is sure to welcome the third book of the series with open arms. At the same time however, they may quite rightly be concerned as to whether the high standard of the earlier books can be matched by Adams' third effort. If at all possible, 'Life, the Universe and Everything' is even more far-fetched than its predecessors. Not that that's a bad thing, of course: "Arthur felt happy. He was terribly pleased that the day was for once working out so much according to plan. Only twenty minutes ago he had decided he would go mad, and now here he was already chasing a Chesterfield sofa across the fields of prehistoric Earth."
As far as the characters are concerned, Arthur - despite having spent five years living as a caveman since we last saw him - remains a blundering fool in a dressing gown. The only difference perhaps is the appearance of a beard, decorated with a rabbit's bone (this, surprisingly, holds some significance as the story progresses). Thrilled to find himself propelled back in time, Arthur has the dubious pleasure of witnessing a cricket match at Lords, and is partly responsibly for the mass-hysteria that ensues. Slartibartfast takes on a larger role in this story, as he leads the intergalactic group around the universe and attempts to thrust his authority upon anyone who will listen.
One of my favourite parts of the book is that describing the alien with a chip on his shoulder: Bitter about the treatment he has received from his fellow space creatures, he makes it his mission to personally insult every living organism in the universe. Arthur's reaction in particular is very amusing.
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First half of book is alright, definitely gets better at the end. Bit disappointed with this one compared to the others in the set. Bit disappointed firstly as they have failed to print the last two books of this set & secondly the binding is so poor that several pages popped out when I was reading it the first time! Sadly I read it a short while after returns are possible so I'm lumped with a book which is just going to fall apart.
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I loved this book for it's basic simplicity, yet unfathambly complex story. It made a change to the usual space trips of the previouse three books, and i think if it had continued along the same track it could easily have become dull. It wasn't so fast moving but the humour was superb and it still leaves you something to think about to lifes complexities. I just loved Gods final words - a great way to end it!
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The charge levelled at this book that it is unlike the rest of the Hitch Hikers books is true. It isn't like them much at all. What it retains are the best features; Douglas Adams's fantastically complex yet simple (yes I know it's a complete contradiction) writing and the strong characters that have been built up from Earth's armageddon. His style of embellishment makes you want to read great passages of the book again, partly because you didn't quite understand it the first time you read it, partly because the ideas contained within the writing are thoroughly mind-mangling when first read and deceptively simple when you figure out what the hell is going on, but mostly because the actual language he uses flows around your head like the psychedelic blobs in a lava lamp as they are being poured down a transparent plughole. It (the fourth book in the series) is wonderfully strange, admirably barmy, and surprisingly innovative for sci-fi in bringing in one or two romantic scenes that make you wish you were in them and not next to a sick bucket. This is one of the only books I have read that has made my face try to express confusion, surprise, wonder, and laugh out loud all at the same time. Anyone who complains that it is not exactly the same as "the good old days" of Hitch Hikers has no imagination or soul.
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Both my husband and I are big Adams fans and read the books many times. Decided to get the audio books for in the car since our 4 yr old son enjoys them too.

This audio installment sadly he will not be able to enjoy, although it is abridge, curse words in the original text have been left in, I won't give away details by saying where but please be aware if you are buying these for children, I would recommend parents listen to these in full first.

With the warning bit done, on to the main.

This is the 3rd installment in the five part trilogy (any Adams fan will know what I mean here, if not, Where Have You Been?!?) and the continuing adventure for our team, Arthur (the last earthman), Ford (Arthur's friend from another world), Trilian (Earthwoman who ran away with Zaphod but is the love interest of Arthur) and Zaphod (The 2 headed, 3 armed Gallactic President) as they travel through both space and time. The story continues from where the previous book, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe left off with our main 2 players, Arthur and Ford being on the planet Earth, that isn't really a planet (never was) but is infact a super computer being run by Mice, some old favourites come into play again, Marvin (the depressed android) and Slarttibartfarst (a Magrathean who helped build Earth).

To fully understand this book I feel it is is only possible if the series is read (listened) to in order since as a stand alone book this will make no sense at all and is obvious when you come to the end that the story is not complete (well this is only part 3 of 5).
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