The Salmon of Doubt (Dirk Gently #3)
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 ...more
The last section of the book contains the beginning of an unfini ...more
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 ...more
Adams' writing is hilarious, always. The fiction snippets, in particular, were everything I miss about him, but his "posts" were fun to ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
There was nothing wrong with the writing. It's Douglas Adams, so the writing was good. My issue was with the collection and edi ...more
The last third of the book does indeed contain the unfinished Salmon of Doubt, but that was to my mind the least ...more
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 ...more
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.
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
Followed by discovering the Earth edition of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (h2g2.com - go on, have a look, it's fantastic).
But it vanished. So all I'm going to say is that the brilliance displayed in some of Douglas Adams' writing makes me want to cry. ...more
Also, it's amusing to see his name abbreviated to DNA in interviews.
The Salmon of Doubt
is--without a doubt--one of my favorite 'works', written by one of the most brilliant writers I have ever encountered . Absolutely a must-read.
>>"....suddenly...it all fell into place. It was a concept of such stunning simplicity, but it gave rise, naturally, to all of the