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Wishy-washy, and pointless,
By A Customer
This review is from: Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams (Hardcover)
Having already covered the life of works of Douglas Adams TWICE before (with the Pocket Essentials book, and his revision of Neil Gaiman's Don't Panic), Mr Simpson doesn't quite know what to do with this "proper" biography. So he comes to neither bury nor praise Mr Adams, but to instead pick holes in the anecdotes he's already covered in the other two books...! And boy, does he do it often. So much so, that the book ends on a limp disclaimer, of all things, where he says "I'm not saying Douglas Adams was a liar, but...". That's really no way to write a biography.
Elsewhere, he gives us "for the first time ever", the story of what really happened about those early LPs. And guess what, the story is incredibly dull. THAT's why it hadn't been told before!
Still, there's a few details I hadn't known before, like Mr Adams working on a South Bank Show special about his inability to finish the 5th HHGTTG novel, instead of actually finishing the novel!