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

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  67,090 ratings  ·  1,079 reviews
Just when Arthur Dent's sense of reality is at its most clouded, he suddenly finds the girl of his dreams. He finds her in the last place in the Universe in which he would expect to find anything at all, but which 3,976,000,000 people will find oddly familiar. They go in search of God's Final Message to His Creation and, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published March 8th 2002 by Picador USA (first published 1984)
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K.D. Absolutely
Apr 02, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
Sean T
Jun 09, 2008 Sean T rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
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
Becky Ginther
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...more
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...more
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...??"
Bill Coffin
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
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...more
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Lazy Seagull
I don't have much to say about the series so far except how sad I am that I didn't read this sooner.

I mean, I would've loved these books just as much if I'd read them when I was younger!

At the beginning, I was sort of bummed that Zaphod ended up with Trillian and Trillian was completely out of the picture.

But...then, I started liking Fenchurch. Arthur and Fenny's little relationship was really cute.

I'll be reading Mostly Harmless soon! I'm still deciding whether or not to read Eoin Colfer's addi...more
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who didn't know they liked sci-fi
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Aug 17, 2012 Tamie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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...more
- Volevo sapere qualcosa dei delfini.
- No, niente articoli sui delfini. Sono notizie dell'anno scorso. Lascia perdere, è roba vecchia.
- E' importante.
- Senti, è una storia che non interessa a nessuno. Sai, non puoi scrivere un articolo decente quando l'unica novità è l'assenza persistente della cosa su cui è incentrato l'articolo. In ogni modo non è il nostro genere, prova con quelli del Sunday. Forse tra un paio d'anni, in agosto, pubblicheremo un piccolo pezzo intitolandolo "Che ne è stato di
Dalton Blue
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I had read “So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish” because to be honest I am one of those people who reads a book and ends up reading the entire series of it.

The category which I have put this book in is the ‘your own choice’ as I have already filled up other boxes with the other books in the series. For this category I wouldn’t really classify it as ‘interesting’, I would think that it was more convenient than anything else.

From this book I think my favourite quote would be:

“And as he drove on...more
Emma Thompson
So, I don't like this one. For me, Hitchhikers charm lies in the fact that it's just some guy randomly stumbling through the galaxy gaping at things. This book isn't like that. It's a kind of flat love story. For some reason the Earth is bath. Arthur returns and meets a girl who he immediatley falls in love with for no apparent reason. He had a dream that they are deeply connected on a spiritual level. He meets her again and they have sex in the clouds. About the only thing I did like about this...more
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Jun 29, 2007 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Douglas Adams fans
The fourth book in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy (yes, you read that correctly) is, in my opinion, perhaps the best. It's 204 pages are crammed full of more wit, humor, and irrationality than could easily fit inside an Arcturan Megafreighter. Plus, you finally get to see Arthur Dent get some--though it's not with Trillian, as you might have expected from the first three books. And for those of you who got bogged down with all the space travel and alien references in books one through three, rest assu...more
Sasha Elle
Arthur Dent has been hitchhiking through the universe at random. When he arrives at a rainy new planet, he quickly discovers that it's the Earth just as he remembers it, well without the dolphins. But wasn't it demolished?

I didn't like this book as much as the previous ones. Probably because the whole tale is set on Earth and there are no crazy-looking, interesting aliens. I also have the feeling that nothing really happened. I guess this book is just a stepping stone to the las...more
This book is about the protaganist Arthur and his alien friend named Ford. Going back in time they go back onto an Earth that was destoried in Arthur's time. He's prepared to believe it was nothing but then he meets a girl named Fenchurch. With her they see that the dolphins have been leaving the Earth. They've left with an eerie message bowl. So Long and Thanks For All The Fish.

I can connect to text about Artemis Fowl where he once went back in time. In this book Arthur went back into time. Thr...more
Brandon Collinsworth
Okay, I just really didn't care for this book, for starters it is set almost exclusively on Earth, which shouldn't be possible and is never really explained, although I am pretty sure I get it. Arthur is really the only character from the series here, Ford plays a small part throughout, but way too small. Zaphod and Trillian are not here at all, and even Marvin only makes a small cameo at the end.

It is a sci-fi book, but man is it boring. It is a romance between Arthur and a woman named Fenchur...more
I picked this up because it was sitting on my kitchen table looking lonesome. It is the fourth book in the Hitchhiker's series but I have never read any of them.

I liked the narration and imgagination of Douglas Adams. But what I first thought was a comparison to Vonnegut soon became a contrast because Adams never goes far enough with a joke to make it as true and sad like Vonnegut can. He also reminded me of Tom Robbins, but without the caffeine.

I kept reading though, because the love story got...more
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...more
Up until the introduction of John Watson (a.k.a. Wonko the Sane), the book was merely a 3-star but now that I know what "the Asylum" is, I feel ashamed to have doubted Douglas Adams' ability to eventually deliver. My problem was that, even though the prose was consistently good, my favorite bits of the story were all in the last 30 pages. Still, I have to admit that the Rain God is one of the best side characters ever. Also, the way we find out what was on Arthur's raffle ticket was quite brilli...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
More about Douglas Adams...
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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“God's Final Message to His Creation:
'We apologize for the inconvenience.”
“Life... is like a grapefruit. Well, it's sort of orangey-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have half a one for breakfast.” 215 likes
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