Tuesday, June 30

So Long, and Thanks for the Fish

Title: So Long, and Thanks for the Fish

Author: Douglas Adams

Pages: 167

Summary: 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 of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on. . . .

God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it's light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the fourth book of the Hitchhikers Guide Series a lot better then the third, although I still found it lacked that same whit the first book had, it was still a good read. We continue the story of Arthur Dent, and he’s back on Earth, who is still experiencing some odd adventures and making some new discoveries, that of course make no sense, or make perfect sense to everyone but him. I find that the author indirectly and at times directly includes the reader into the series and the adventures of the characters, it adds a bit more personality to the book, and it’s done in a way, that seems to be different then what other authors who use similar techniques use.
One of my issues with the book, it lacked Marvin. He was in there for a few pages then gone. He’s my favourite character of the book! What’s the series, without Marvin? Seriously! Also, I find that some of the same methods for humour are being reused, after you’ve read three books, the fourth isn’t as funny as the others. The story is still well done, and I’m really enjoying it, but I find that the humour side isn’t as good as it had been. Better then the third, just not as good as the first. Overall a good, relaxing read.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes, its a series worth reading, full of interesting characters, and out of this world adventures, just be warned, that the sequels don't add up to how well done the first book was. All are worth reading, but they're just not as good.

What to read next: Mostly Harmless the final book in the series.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge


  1. I am loving that you are reviewing this entire series, it makes it easier for me to decide if I would like to read them all (the short answer is yes!) I also really like reading your thoughts on these because my husband has read them all, and I can look to the both of your opinions for guidance. Great review, as usual!

  2. Thanks Zilbilee. It really is a good series, and a nice light one to read at that.