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

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  74,509 ratings  ·  1,223 reviews
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, 167 pages
Published March 8th 2002 by Picador USA (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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...??"
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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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
Pretēji populāram viedoklim, ka šī sērija kļūst tikai sliktāka, man 4. grāmata viennozīmīgi šķiet labāka par 2. un 3. Protams, pirmo daļu īsti nekas nespēj pārspēt, tomēr šīs grāmatas beigas mani sajūsmina katru reizi, kad tās lasu.
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
BJ Rose
I've either been reading this series too long, or I'm in a Douglas-Adams induced hallucination, but this book absolutely worked for me. Then again, when I was younger, some of my favorite poetry was of the nonsense variety, so this fit right in, all the way to the last sentence, in which Adams states that he had a point when he started the story, but doesn't now remember what it was. Sheer escapism, but also full of lots of messages to ponder - how's that for an oxymoron!
Maybe if I'd read this before I read Books 1-3, I might have enjoyed it a bit more. But the contrast between this and the others is striking enough that I almost didn't finish it.

Arthur and his new love interest, Fenchurch, are the main characters. The pacing for the romance is just off. I don't think Douglas Adams was very good at writing romantic comedy--he should just have stuck to writing about space and wars. Those were way more entertaining. In Books 1-3, there are off-tangent descriptions
Didn't like this one all that much. There was too much romance and Arthur being boring, and not enough wacky space/time travel and adventure.
Ben MacKay
1. I decided to read this book as I have read the previous titles in the series.

2. I found the character of Arthur Dent, who is the main character interesting. I especially like his encounter with "Wonko the Sane", who has an interesting view on the world. His house is inside out. He says the everyone outside (or inside when talking about his house) are insane and oblivious to the odd occurrences in their everyday lives.

3.“God's Final Message to His Creation: 'We apologize for the inconvenience.
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
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Aug 17, 2012 Tamie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
- 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
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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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 to the Galaxy, #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.”
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