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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #4)

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Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth’s dolphins, and the discovery ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Del Rey (first published 1984)
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Henry Avila
An unseen spaceship lands on Earth (England), in the rain ( never knew about all that precipitation there ! ), a "man " leaves the craft and waves , thanking the crew for the ride, but first going back , he forgot his bag, towels inside ! Slogs through the mud and muck, in the cold windy darkness, slipping and sliding going up a hill, climbs over a fence and is almost killed, when a speeding automobile (Porsche), nearly crushes the stranger on the road. The heavy rain pours down, lightning flash ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Vincent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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K.D. Absolutely
Apr 02, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
This book seems to be different from the earlier books in the series. It is no longer sci-fi since Arthur Dent has come back from space travel to Earth and a good part of the story is his love story. Had I not read the first books, I would have liked this as a romantic comedy story. So, I guess I was affected by my wrong expectation.

The plot is tighter than the earlier books. There are still those funny moments and my favorite is the biscuit eating scene. I had a bittersweet feeling about the d
Daniel Clausen
Jan 06, 2015 Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. You will never read anything so British again your lifespan.

2. If you're a writer, try underlining every adverb in this book. Then, read a book on fiction writing that advises you to avoid using adverbs. (Any ironic chuckling afterwards is optional.)

3. This book should be rated "Mostly Harmless."

4. Thanks, Mr. Adams. So long, and thanks for all the fun.
J.G. Keely
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I knew this to be true--and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature. Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey.

Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you
Evan Leach
The fourth installment in the Hitchhiker series is something of an anomaly. Virtually the entire story takes place on Earth, and major characters like Zaphod and Trillian are nowhere to be found. The focus is on Arthur Dent: after years of being kicked around by the universe, poor Arthur finally finds himself in a good old fashioned love story.

Well, maybe “old fashioned” is a poor choice of words. This is a Douglas Adams book after all, and it features robots, spaceships, and a man named Wonko t
Ubik 2.0
Oct 10, 2015 Ubik 2.0 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addio e grazie per il buonumore

Se alla quarta puntata della serie iniziata con la “Guida galattica per autostoppisti” sono ancora a svagarmi nei romanzi di questo sottovalutato geniaccio di Douglas Adams è soprattutto per il buonumore che ogni volta la sua lettura mi procura.

Pur essendo ben lontano dai vertici della narrativa, questo humour tipicamente inglese, che flirta col non-sense e richiama lo spirito dei Monty Python e la fantasia creativa di Kurt Vonnegut (che non è inglese ma in qusta c
Sean T
Jun 09, 2008 Sean T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of sci-fi, comedy, romance or magical realism
If any of the inappropriately named Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy could be called "best", I think this is it. I see two elements setting it apart from the other books in the HHGG series: its tight plot, and the fact that it is at heart a romantic comedy more than a farcical satire of the Science Fiction genre.

As one would expect, the focus of the storyline is the continued pursuit of the Ultimate Question, to which we already know that the Ultimate Answer is "Forty-two".

The characterization of Arth
Feb 04, 2016 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just read this again, no idea how many times that makes it (and the series to be honest), but to me it's like comfort food. Something to be relied on when the current book(s) don't seem to be cutting the mustard.

Best advice if you're thinking about reading this...?


It'll become the measure by which all books are judged. Very few - if any - ever make the grade following DNA.

Each time I delve in, I spot something (or more probably just remember) something new. Here's the little throw-awa
Running on empty: Following a highly productive breakthrough period when he was simultaneously knocking out scripts for both Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who, Douglas Adams famously struggled with writer's block during the later half of his career as a novelist. Previous Hitchhiker novel Life, the Universe and Everything was itself a re-worked Doctor Who story, and by the time of 4th Hitchhiker novel So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish you can feel the author struggling to find a ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, comedy
Not what I would have expected! This book is very different from the first three books in the Hitchhiker's Guide series, which I supposed is apt for the fourth book of a trilogy.

I wasn't overly bothered by the fact that everything took place on earth (though the fact that the earth still apparently exists may take a bit of the underlying pathos out of the earlier works). I thought some of it was delightful, and I got a really big kick out of the Rain God, whenever he showed up. The giant robot
Becky Ginther
Aug 07, 2011 Becky Ginther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of the "trilogy of five," this one was actually my favorite. I understand that for many people it's the least popular, because almost the whole thing takes place on earth and it focuses mainly just on Arthur Dent and not the other characters. However, that's why I liked it. After the somewhat overwhelming third book, it was a relief to have a novel that didn't keep jumping around between characters and plot, and just focus on one thing at a time.

Plus, this story had a much more human element
Oct 13, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't at all what I expected.

Arthur has hitch-hiked his way to Earth after eight long years but everything seems to be going on as normal for all other humans, even after Arthur remembers it being destroyed by Vogons. This drives Arthur a little mad thinking he made the whole thing up but he eventually settles into a normal life again. He does however briefly meet a girl called Fenchurch, soon after meeting her he becomes obsessed and is convinced they are connected. Everyone on earth
Bill Coffin
Dec 04, 2013 Bill Coffin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even by the tired standard of the first three Hitchhiker's Guide novels, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish comes off as a tired, threadbare effort by a writer who simply did not have enough gas in the tank at this point and really should have waited the 10 years or so that it would have taken him to recharge fully and put together something with the creative density of his first or second installment in this series. I have not liked any of the book in this series, but at least there seemed to ...more
Glenn Conley
Feb 10, 2015 Glenn Conley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
To me, this book marks the descent into normalcy for Douglas Adams. It's a pity, really. Because the other Hitchhiker books are beyond crazy. They're bat-shit insane, in the best possible way.

This book isn't really about the crazy antics of Ford and Arthur. It's about Arthur falling in love with Fenchurch. Who names their kid Fenchurch? Honestly. It's fucking weird.

So, Arthur gets dropped off on Earth. He hitchhikes, and gets picked up by Fenchurch, and her brother. After he's dropped off, Arthu
Oct 17, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review from when I was twelve:

Where's Zaphod Beeblebrox? What is going on here? Where's Trillian? Why are they still mucking about on Earth? What is this a romance? Why don't these jokes make any sense? Where the heck is Zaphod Beeblebrox?

My review from when I was sixteen:

So cute and so clever. So different and original. Now that I'm mature I understand that this is the best in the series. I'm going to go bask in the glow of the first intelligent romance I've ever paid attention to.

My review
Mar 23, 2013 Maninee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Let me start off by saying first of all that I am a huge fan of the Hitchhiker ‘Trilogy’. I loved the first three books of the series. This one was very, very different from the others though and I don’t think I like the change in the pattern.

First of all, two major characters, Trillian and Zaphod weren’t even there in the book, they were simply given a brief mention towards the end. And Marvin, who was my favourite character of the lot didn’t come around till the very, very last bit of the book
Aug 17, 2012 Tamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
favorite part:

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."
"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"
"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
"I di
Jan 15, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More or less pointless, yet exceedingly charming. Adams' writing is in killer form here, hilarious and touching as ever. Books #3 and #4 are pretty much about nothing (in retrospect, book #3, 'Life, The Universe, and Everything,' has a brilliant title), yet they could have been about Something and I would feel pretty much the same about it, I'm sure. It's the quality of writing I go in for, and Adams can't be beat at what he does. I loved every minute of reading this tiny book, and believe me, t ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I absolutely loved it!

I listened to it as an audiobook, as narrated by Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman, and I can definitely recommend that.

This was my favourite of the whole series.

His understanding and mastery of British wit. Dry humour and outright awkward, passive-aggressive interactions that made me laugh out loud. I think I enjoyed his writing so much in this book because the majority of it is written in London. Unlike all the other spacey-wacey destinations, I think Ad
Apr 09, 2015 Maťa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Pobavila som sa. Vážne. Ale Marvin len v poslednej kapitole je zúfalo málo.
Avšak páčilo sa mi to :D

,,Je to celkom ľahké, ak nevieš, ako na to. To je na celej veci najdôležitejšie. Nesmieš mať potuchy, ako to robíš."

,,Každá moja súčiastka bola minimálne päťdesiat ráz vymenená. Teda až na... Pamätáte si, ako sme sa prvý raz stretli a ja som dostal tú neuveriteľne intelektuálne náročnú úlohu previesť vás na mostík? Pamätáte si, ako som spomínal, že ma hrozne bolia všetky diody na ľavej stra
Jan 13, 2016 Lirim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the trilogy (mire e kish pas njani ne goodreads qe kish than ma mire mu pas kry me trilogji).
Christian McKay
Apr 27, 2015 Christian McKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Well, THAT was surprising. Just to be clear, here are my star ratings for the first three entries in the HGTTG:

Hitchhiker's Guide: 3 stars
Restaurant at the End of the Universe: 4 stars
Life, the Universe and Everything: 2 stars

(I'm kind of hoping Mostly Harmless is unbelievably awful so the series can perfectly round out the Goodreads ratings.)

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is all of the above: funny, touching, adventurous, interesting, poignant. I teared up on several occasions and was the
Jul 15, 2007 Jeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Douglas Adams' books.. They are SO RANDOM, which is my kind of funny, so I found them hilarious! They contain a lot of spaceship/science talk which for the most part doesn't make sense, but if you have any background in physics and can understand what he's implying, it makes it all the funnier. But no matter your background, you will finish with a big fat "WHAT THE...??"
Jul 22, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Hitchhiker series. In fact, out of the first four books (as I haven't read the last one yet), I'd say it is second only to the original book. It is a short but satisfying read, in part because this is the first book with some actual character development. Arthur, for once, is not portrayed solely as some clueless, bumbling oaf that only cares about tea. He takes some initiative and follows through with the plans he makes. I also lik ...more
Ivonne Rovira
May 29, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who didn't know they liked sci-fi
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Gustavo Firmiano
Depois de viajar pelo Universo, ver o aniquilamento da Terra, participar de guerras interestelares e conhecer as mais extraordinárias criaturas, Arthur está de volta ao seu planeta. Tudo parece igual, mas ele descobre que algo muito estranho aconteceu na sua ausência. Curioso com o fato e apaixonado por uma garota tão estranha quanto o que quer que tenha acontecido, ele parte em busca de uma explicação.

O autor é o mesmo: Douglas Adams. A série também: O Guia do Mochileiro das Galáxias. Mas em At
Hitchhiker's, volume 4.

This is noticeably less good than it's three predecessors, particularly in terms of plot, but it still has plenty of splashes of brilliance:

Arthur and Fenchurch fly.

Wonko the Sane declaring the world beyond his inside-out house is an asylum.

Rob McKenna is a rain god but doesn't know it - only that it always rains wherever he goes - the loving clouds just want to water him.

"All eyes were on Ford Prefect. Some of them were on stalks".

"As stunned as a man might be who, hav
I read this book a few years after the previous one, but what I thought was a gradual impoverishment of the story, here is felt even more. The focus of this novel is mainly on Arthur Dent, that we find on Earth, in search of a normal life that has lost. For this reason, there aren’t so many space travels, who were the constant of the first books, guided by the omnipresent Hitchhikers's Guide. In this case, the plot seems rather weak, with some inconsistency with respect to the previous book and ...more
Nov 05, 2010 notgettingenough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
I thought I'd already written about this. Mysterious.

So there are three of us in my apartment in St John's Wood ages ago. We'd been out with a woman drinking until not so much the early hours of the morning as the late. Now it was about 4pm. We were all still in bed, with not the least ambition of getting up when the doorbell rings. It's the woman from last night. I have no idea what on earth has possessed her to do this, but she's hunted us down and has brought fish. Raw fish to be cooked. Quit
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (6 books)
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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)
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