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`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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on 12 March 2012
The Salmon of Doubt is a collection of real gems from Adams' work taken from various sources and compiled in this wonderful book. A great 'toilet book' which has left me with dead legs, a toilet-seat-shaped red mark on my bottom, and late for work many times now.
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on 26 June 2008
If you have read every Douglas Adams book but still don't feel close enough to the great man himself, this is the book for you. You can see how the master thinks, how his everyday musings were written with the same wit and wisdom as his greatest works of fiction and read a wonderfull work in progress. As he says of 'Sunset at Blandings' (unfinished due to the author's death) by PG Wodehouse, you can see in DNA's first Chapters of his new Dirk Gently novel, the craftsman at work, the sentences are unpolished, the work has not even been through its first proof-read and it is all the more wonderful because of this. This book is fact, fiction and autobiography all rolled into one. Read it. It will blow your mind.
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on 15 February 2014
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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on 30 August 2013
This is a collection of all sorts of things from Dougie's computer including some never seen before Dirk Gently story. This book is an absolute must for a fan.
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on 24 April 2014
It need be completely clear that this is not a complete DA novel and might leave a sour taste in your mind after reading all of the other excellent DA works.
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on 28 December 2013
This book was an excellent read.
This item is exactly as described and performed perfectly.
Recommended seller would shop with them again.
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on 31 December 2012
Likely only to be of real interest to confirmed fans. An insight into some of the activities behind and beyond the hitch-hiker and gently books.
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on 3 January 2013
If you have read any of Doglas Adams other books, you will not be dissapointed with this one. Well writen, funny & informative. A must read
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on 13 January 2003
The Salmon of Doubt (I was about to abreviate it to its initials but on second thoughts maybe that's a bad idea)is perhaps not Adams' best work, albeit posthumous. It's too biogrpahical to be true Douglas Adams, too many stories about exotic trips and expensive computers paint the picture of wealthy celebrity, which I don't think he was really about.
There are however some excellent thoughts on religion and science (worth reading for these alone) and thoughts on Bach and Apple Mac, comedy, the letter Y and tea.
The final part of the book is the unfinished sequel to the Dirk Gently series.
Read this book, if you can bare Stephen Fry's awful foreword and the lengthy prologue, but then go back and read the Hitchhiker Trilogy so that the Salmon of Doubt is not your lasting impression of DNA.
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