The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
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"The Salmon of Doubt' comprises ten chapters of the novel on which Douglas Adams was working at the time of his death in May 2001, along with an astonishing collection of pieces recovered from his beloved Macintosh computer. The plot of 'The Salmon of Doubt' is as intriguing as its title and see Dirk Gently simultaneously on the trail of half a cat and an actor whose sudden appearance is perhaps not as random as it seems. Starring alongside the pizza-addicted detective are Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Dave of DaveLand and a highly confused rhinoceros called Desmond. This collection is the unique last word from one of the world's most successful and best loved science fiction writers, and represents an important, fascinating and characteristically hilarious legacy. For fans and new readers alike, 'The Salmon of Doubt' is the ultimate smorgasbord of the insanities, urbanities and wondrous workings of life, the universe and everything."
I'm not sure if it's just to knowledge that there will never anything more to come from the Apple Mac of Douglas Adams, but this may be the best book he ever wrote.
It includes his oft-told anecdote about the Cambridge railway station buffet and the biscuits, and 11 chapters of what would have been an excellent Dirk Gently book (although I'm not sure about the bits written in the first person, they're quite strange).
If only the drop-down menu on the BC 'register a book' page was a column of checkboxes, as this book fits into Biography and Memoirs, Humo(u)r, Literature and Fiction, Non-fiction, Philosophy, Science, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Religion and Spiritual. The non-fiction, and to a certain extent the fiction, tell us so much about the author and what his passions are: his family, Bach, technology, the west coast of the USA, conservation, humanity and the Dagenham Girl Pipers.
Updated 5 January: On its way to ldpaulson who's going to read it and to wild release it for me.
This collection of oddiments was, well, odd. Some of the writing was very compelling. There were a few interviews included as well. In the collection, there were some topics that it would have been preferrable to move on from as some of the bully pulpits or hobby horses were pounded and ridden to death. The collection concludes with an obituary written by Richard Dawkins and a reproduction of the church bulletin from Adams' memorial service.
The cover was loose. With the application of a little glue stick, this book should be ready for release in Santa Barbara ... although it is traveling through this part of the galaxy without a towel.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
THE SALMON OF DOUBT will be placed on a table somewhere in the lounge area of the UCSB University Center. Here's hoping it will be read and enjoyed. It should have a big sticky note on it and a UCSB Reads bookmarker in it to draw even more attention to it.
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