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Salmon of Doubt: A Dirk Gently Novel (Dirk Gently #3)

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L'11 maggio 2001 il mondo ha pianto la prematura scomparsa di Douglas Adams, stroncato da un infarto a soli quarantanove anni. Fortunatamente Douglas ci ha lasciato qualcosa. Il fascinoso materiale che compone questo libro è stato recuperato dai suoi quattro computer e comprende tra l'altro: una lettera al direttore di una rivista per ragazzi (scritta a dodici anni); un el ...more
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This book contains 10 chapters of his unpublished Dirk Gently #3. This has been put together from 3 different manuscripts recovered from his hard…more
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This book contains 10 chapters of his unpublished Dirk Gently #3. This has been put together from 3 different manuscripts recovered from his hard disk after he died. In multiple interviews he has mentioned his next book as 'Salmon of Doubt' and they have retained the name and the 9 chapters along with his other writings/speeches/interviews. (less)
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Jon
Jul 04, 2007 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Douglas Adams fans
Readers beware: The Salmon of Doubt is not a single novel, but rather a collection of goods pulled from Adams' computer after his death--including a draft of the first few chapters of his next Dirk Gently story (also titled The Salmon of Doubt, thus the larger part of this collection's title). Also enclosed in this volume are a series of short stories, essays, travelogues, and other random snippets, some of which date back over a decade, and most of which have little to do with the next entry, e ...more
MJ Nicholls
A collection of essays, speeches, ramblings unearthed on his hard drive(s), one short story culled from a BBC annual, and the titular unfinished Dirk Gently novel. The essays are breezy and witty, often lacking focus when discussing science and technology, but comprise (realistically) the most readable of his non-fiction output. There are some readers, yours included, who feel Adams spent himself on the Hitchhiker’s books: although the Dirk Gentlys were absurdist romps sutured with awesome logic ...more
Johnny
Jun 28, 2012 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
In early 1998 (or was it ‘97?), I experienced one of the most heady experiences of my life. A literary idol approached me at a conference we were attending in France (it was in Cannes, but it was a media festival rather than the more famous annual event), invited me to join him at dinner and debate the existence of God. Douglas Adams, self-proclaimed radical atheist, wanted to consider God’s existence (or lack thereof) with me. As a minister, I’d like to write myself in as the hero and claim tha ...more
Katherine Furman
If you love Douglas Adams this book is an absolute must read. It's got some great incite into the man who could make a pot of petunias think to itself, 'Not again.' A large part of my enjoyment was finding out about Adams as a person, and in turn finding out that I've got some stuff in common with him. I mean sure I haven't ridden a stingray like he has or written the funniest books of all time and granted I'm not British, BUT we do make our tea the same way, we're both have the same religious b ...more
Nick Fagerlund
A kind of poor book which just happens to be filled with awesome.

I'd really like a well-organized and indexed collection of all of Douglas Adams' short writings. Round up all the columns and editorials he wrote, the text he did for his websites, everything, and get it all tied up with a bow and some context. Salmon isn't that collection; the writings are just tossed into poorly-defined buckets with no real TOC to speak of (and let us not speak of indexes), and there's no real way to tell what's
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Robert
This partially posthumous volume consists of a collection of magazine articles, newspaper columns, interviews and such like, along with one short story (about a young Zaphod)originally published in the Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book...a copy of which I own...and the (very) incomplete conflated text of three versions of the third Dirk Gently's novel. This novel was abandoned whilst Adams was still alive, in favour of a 6th Hitchhikers' novel. Adams had decided that the material ...more
Lena
Jan 20, 2008 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a delightful and maddening book. This collection of essays, columns, speech transcripts and random musings was culled from Adams' computers after his tragic death at the age of 49. The collection offers new insight into one of the world's most gifted humorists, and there is both pleasure and education to be had in reading his thoughts on such diverse topics as music, atheism, evolutionary biology, conservation and computers.

The last section of the book contains the beginning of an unfini
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Emma-Louise
Jan 13, 2015 Emma-Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t want to finish this book.

I really don’t.

If I finish this book that means I’ll have finished the last work of Douglas Adams. And since it is technically ‘unfinished’, that means I’ll actually need to acknowledge that he’s gone. Dead. Breathed his last. Snuffed it.

Have you read anything by Douglas Adams? If you were born in the last fifty years and are a fan of British comedy, I’ll assume you’ve come across The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Maybe you’ve even read about his detective Dir
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Sarah u
"Where do you get the ideas for your books?
- I tell myself I cannot have another cup of coffee till I've thought of an idea."


This book is such a beautiful tribute to the late Douglas Adams. The pieces in it are laugh out loud funny, deeply meaningful, and often poignant. Surely I am not the only person that cried reading "Sunset at Blandings"; the feelings that Douglas felt at losing one of his favourite authors are so reminiscent of what his fans must feel.

This book is absolutely wonderful. Do
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Margaret
I resisted reading this for a long time because I was under the misapprehension that it was merely a presentation of the sections of the Dirk Gently novel Adams was working on until his untimely death in 2001. Having seen multiple references to it in Neil Gaiman's excellent Hitchhiker's companion, Don't Panic, I finally broke down and got it from the library, and I was glad that I did.

The last third of the book does indeed contain the unfinished Salmon of Doubt, but that was to my mind the least
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ringoallavaniglia
Dec 29, 2013 ringoallavaniglia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Potrei scrivere un fiume di parole su quanto apprezzi l'Adams scrittore e l'uomo, quanto condivida le sue idee (a parte sulla Apple, ma se vedesse cosa è diventata credo si schiferebbe anche lui)e su quanto la sua scomparsa mi rattristi molto più di quanto sarebbe lecito aspettarsi. Ma non è il caso.

Questo libro raccoglie tante interviste, aneddoti ed idee che raccontano molto su chi era Adams; quindi se avete apprezzato i suoi libri e desiderate scoprire qualcosa su di lui è la lettura giusta.
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Buck Ward
The Salmon of Doubt is a collection of Douglas Adams’ writings gleaned from his hard drive by his friends and family and published after his untimely death. If you are an Adams fan, I’m sure you will enjoy this.

I heard the audiobook version which started with eulogies from some of his notable friends. Most of the book is essays and musings written in the nineties, some of which are clever and amusing. Adams had a penchant for electronic devices, computers and gizmos and he wrote copiously about
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Zaru
Jun 07, 2015 Zaru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any fan of Douglas Adams
When i first heard about this book, I went very quickly from exitement, through confusion and ended up in serious doubt. I was exited at the prospect of a book by my favorite author that I had not yet read, confused as to how that had happened, and finally in serious doubt if I should when i learned what it was about. This is an unfinished Dirk Gently #3, and mabye some other stuff(Or so I thought, it turns out that the DG#3 is only about 80 pages out of 280). I was scared that it would be reall ...more
Mark
Apr 13, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, in-english, funny
This is most definitely not "Dirk Gently #3".
This is a motley collection of odds and ends found on Douglas Adams' many hard disks after his sudden death.
There is the beginning of a Dirk Gently story here that is going nowhere, padded with some stuff that just possibly might be connected to the plot, based on three sentences the author mailed to his editor. This whole mess runs to 79 pages. Very disappointing.
The rest of the collection I enjoyed. Letters, articles, speeches, interviews. The spir
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Adam Heine
So, this is not my kind of book. The first two-thirds are basically a collection of blog posts, and well...there's a reason I don't buy blog post collection books. This was a birthday present :-) And the last third is a wonderfully written, but ultimately unfinished portion of a Dirk Gently novel which honestly makes me sad because now I'm left hanging. Forever.

Adams' writing is hilarious, always. The fiction snippets, in particular, were everything I miss about him, but his "posts" were fun to
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Susan Strickland
Apr 21, 2015 Susan Strickland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you miss the friendly, exacting voice of Douglas Adams, I recommend this posthumously published last visit to the familiar retreat of his silly metaphors, triple negatives, and delightful humor. This is a compilation of essays, interviews, letters, lectures, and fiction, which covers everything from swimming with manta rays to running with dogs; atheism, religion, and quantum mechanics ("There is one particular model of the universe that has turtles all the way down, but here we have gods all ...more
Mpr
Jul 02, 2014 Mpr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This work is unpolished, unfinished, and it's totally obvious. It cuts off as abruptly as the final piece of Bach (BWV 1080), leaving a vague disappointment and a void that won't ever be filled. I never met Douglas Adams, and I'll never have a chance to, but perhaps one day I'll visit his grave.

Douglas Adams was unique in his ability for existential satire. From his portrayal of transgalactic airports to the way Norse gods would act in modern London, all his work shows a delightful talent for co
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Melissa Diaz
Published upon his death The Salmon of Doubt is Douglas Adams' final work. It is composed of various interviews, speeches, observations, short stories and the beginning of a new Dirk Gently novel. It is a combination of technology, science, fiction and humor. (It is also the title I assumed would be my fiftieth.)

I liked the book, but think I would have liked it more had I heeded the advice on the back cover and not read it straight through. There's not enough continuity to make it that kind of
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Alan
Aug 09, 2010 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hitchhikers and mourners
Recommended to Alan by: Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling WV
Douglas Adams was brilliant—and it pains me to have to put that in the past tense. His novel-in-progress, The Salmon of Doubt, was cut short by Adams' untimely death in 2001. But this posthumous collection of miscellany from his computer's hard drive, also called The Salmon of Doubt, showcases Adams' brilliance, and is a worthy addition to his canon.

There's not much of the planned novel here—just a few chapters, and that's not what impressed me most about this collection anyway. The things that
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Pascal Durrenberger
A weekend with Douglas Adams. Through a tumblrite blogger “amiquote” (thank you!), I had the pleasure to encounter Douglas Adams with whom I spend this weekend. And no I am not a ghost whisperer although I did go once to a “special” school to develop a supposedly gift. But this is not what this is about. I read a book by Douglas Adams – The Salmon of Doubt. They say that reading a book is like spending time with a great mind. In this case, I totally agree. By reading this compilation of articles ...more
stormhawk
Mar 03, 2009 stormhawk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A book by Douglas Adams. Well, it's not actually by him, except in the sense that they were words that he wrote, mostly in that order. But he was dead when it was published. Collection of some previously published essays and the fragments of his final novel, which was harvested in bits from filing cabinets and from the hard drive of his computer, including some bits that weren't meant to be seen by the general public, as they were deleted, but someone foolhardily recovered the bits and slapped t ...more
Frank
Jan 19, 2012 Frank rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable but utterly pointless book.

I'm a huge Douglas Adams fan but sadly this book doesn't deserve his name. It's not that it's filth, or worthless. In fact this is has some lovely moments in the book and that's what gets it 2 stars from me.

But the issue is it's a book that shouldn't exist. This should be free on the internet, or some other format. You get a large amount of articles, a few random chapters from a book, a book that no one even knows what series it belongs to exactly, and tha
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Eric Hendrixson
Okay, the three star rating requires an explanation. The idea behind this book was to publish an unfinished novel and a number of Adams' uncollected writings in a collection for the fans. This is not a book for casual readers of Adams but for people who have read everything Adams wrote and want more. It was exactly what I thought I was buying, so why the mediocre rating?

There was nothing wrong with the writing. It's Douglas Adams, so the writing was good. My issue was with the collection and edi
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Tatiana
Jul 09, 2012 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sciencefiction
Just reread this and wanted to register my reaction. Douglas Adams was very funny in a way that was intelligent and insightful. I'm so sorry he's gone. This book is sort of a tribute to him, and is fitting, as such, but the part of a novel that is contained therein is about as disappointing as you'd expect from an unfinished draft version. His books are really all about the wonderful hilarious ideas he has, I think. The plot, characters, pacing, and settings, if any, are quite haphazard and scat ...more
Glenn
Feb 22, 2009 Glenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While many of the pieces included in this collection were, a) entertaining, b) somewhat informative, c) diverse, and d) well written peeks into the beliefs and personality of the author, the overall effect was also, e) incomplete. Of course that's to be understood, as it IS a posthumous gathering of magazine articles, interviews, and an unfinished 'Dirk Gently' story. One does wonder, however, if it was really necessary to publish "The Salmon of Doubt". Being as unfinished and maybe haphazardly ...more
Amy Mckee
Jan 24, 2016 Amy Mckee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming book about a charming man. I never met Adams and he died when I was only two however this book made me felt like I knew up to the point where I missed him. The stories are interesting and engaging, but also cover a wide range of subject, well if you include computers and animals to be a wide range of subjects! It's really incredible that someone can be so incredible, witty, clever and funny in everyday life and not just his writing. This really is a must read for anyone who has read o ...more
Monica Navarro Aranda
When you read his texts on technology, you know why his sci-fi was so brilliant. Even from his predictions from until 2001 technology, he had a better understanding on how the world is now than most of us that are actually living in it.
This book is literally what there was left to read from him. It's really meant to make you mourn him, for all he missed from the world and for all we missed from him. It first fills you with the joy of getting to read the fantastic ideas he had for The Salmon of D
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Ria
Aug 30, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rather a fascinating book and a bit of a mish mash, full of interviews with Adams, articles he wrote, reflections on things, his thoughts, episodes in his life and also numerous chapters on a proposed Dirk Gently book he was intermittently working on, The salmon of doubt.
An interesting glimpse into the life and personality of the man who brought the world such sci fi comedy classics as The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy and the Dirk Gently detective series.
Very sad to read just a glimpse of a
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Magdelanye
What a drag that DNA died so precipitously just before the milestone of 50,not only for all the books and movies and ideas that he had yet to present to the world.He lived his life with such zest he would have made a great old man.

This book is a compendium of DNA missellania. Included is his awkwardly terrible first piece of writing. It gets a lot better. I was highly entertained ( I laughed a lot) by his bold incongruous wit, and I deeply appreciated his reflections on his radical atheism and h
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DDog
This was a fascinating book. It took me forever to read it as I only picked it up a few pages at a time, but that allowed me to savor the enjoyment. I hD never read any of Adams' essays or interviews that I can recall, only the fiction, so it was interesting to get another look at the way he thought. Reading things he wrote about computers in the '90s was especially fun, because we're living a lot of his predictions now. In the end the book has an appropriately unfinished feeling; you don't want ...more
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Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was comp ...more
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