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The Salmon of Doubt (Dirk Gently #3)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  16,650 ratings  ·  553 reviews
On Friday, May 11, 2001, the world mourned the untimely passing of Douglas Adams, beloved creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, dead of a heart attack at age forty-nine. Thankfully, in addition to a magnificent literary legacy—which includes seven novels and three co-authored works of nonfiction—Douglas left us something more. The book you are about to enjoy was...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Random House (first published 2002)
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Jon
Jul 04, 2007 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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
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...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
Johnny
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Alan
Aug 09, 2010 Alan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
stormhawk
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
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...more
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...more
Tatiana
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
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...more
Glenn
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
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...more
ringoallavaniglia
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.
I...more
Sarah
"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...more
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
Mpr
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...more
Sho
I wrote a lovely review, detailing my history with Douglas Adams, listening to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy at school, buying The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by accident and having a friend introduce me to the first Dirk Gently book.

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
Tracie
I enjoyed the forwards and short stories that were in this book. But I was also saddened by the ending when I could no longer put the fact that Douglas Adams death was not just a fictitous vicious rumor but the cold truth. After reading so many of his wonderful creations I feel as though I have lost a close friend. I am saddened by the fact that his words, the ones that don't grace pulped pages, are no longer coming. The world was a better place with Douglas Adams in it.
Mustafa
This book will make you laugh and wonder while feeling horribly sad in that combination which we all love only in Douglas Adams. The short works in this book showed me, for the first time, the real expanse of Adams' knowledge and curiosity, and made me acutely aware that by his early death in 2001, he didn't get to tinker with any of our contemporary gadgets or discover so many of those brilliant Adamsy parallels between the world of science & technology, and the world which we (seeing so li...more
Michael Sentman
It is unfortunate that there are not more books by Douglas Adams. I would love to be able to read more novels, to be surrounded by his humor, intelligence, and imagination but his works are more spread out between different medias than just books. This book is a collection of mostly random letters, anecdotes, and the beginning of an unfinished novel put together posthumously. Some of the stories are very interesting, lending a perspective into Douglas' life and interests and closes it with a rem...more
Julie Sondra Decker
This posthumously released volume of Douglas Adams's hodgepodge work was wonderful to read. It's got a surprising (to some) amount of nonfiction in it; Adams was a scientist as well as a very funny science fiction author, and he wrote about the environment and about skepticism, cosmology, philosophy. There were some opinion columns and some conversations, and a few little scraps of fiction--including what was completed of the next Dirk Gently novel at the time of his death. I have tried to read...more
Rob
A collection of media articles and other short items that were unpublished at the time of Douglas Adam's untimely death. So far they show some insight into the things his mind flitted around. Sounds as though he was easily distracted by the next interesting finding. His writing is always entertaining and the less fanciful items may even be based on real life!
Tortla
Douglas Adams was a clever, intelligent man. This compilation of his essays, short stories, interviews, and what they could scrounge up of the work-in-progress "The Salmon of Doubt" (unfinished due to his untimely death in 2001) makes for a nice homage to the man.

Also, it's amusing to see his name abbreviated to DNA in interviews.
Sherry
This book was a most enjoyable collection of Douglas Adams' essays, short stories, lectures, and ten fun chapters of a sort-of Salmon of Doubt novel. The lecture "Is there an artificial God?" was chocked full of Adam's unique sense of the absurd, and I liked it an awfully lot. Since these writings were gathered posthumously, it sure made me want to finally get around to reading all of his novels that I haven't read, yet, cuz there'll be no mas. Sad. I'm definitely going to read those Dirk Gently...more
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  • Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion
  • The Road to Mars: A Post-Modem Novel
  • Last Chance to See: In the Footsteps of Douglas Adams
  • And Another Thing... (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #6)
  • Backwards
  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages
  • Better than Life
  • East of Ealing
  • The Pythons Autobiography by The Pythons
  • Doctor Who: Shada
  • The Dark Side of the Sun
  • Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless (Dilbert, #3)
  • Magic
  • The Callahan Chronicals (Callahan's Place Trilogy, #1-3) (Callahan's Series, #1-3)
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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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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2) Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1)

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