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

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

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by Douglas Adams
     
 

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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

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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 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?


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fourth book in the hilarious series that began with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this installment returns Arthur Dent, after his years of space adventure, to a replacement Earththe first was destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway. The new planet is identical to the old one except that all the dolphins are missing, and Dent tries to uncover the reason. PW found this book ``short on plot and long on whimsy and surreal humor.'' Science Fiction Book Club main selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. November
From the Publisher
"The looniest of the lot."—Time

“A madcap adventure . . . Adams’s writing teeters on the fringe of inspired lunacy.”—United Press International

“The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings . . . Adams is irresistible.”—Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307497901
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Series:
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , #4
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
94,498
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Douglas Adams is the bestselling author of the Hitchhiker books: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, The Universe and Everything; and Mostly Harmless.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has appeared in more forms than one might reasonably expect, most of which flatly contradict each other. It has appeared as a BBC-TV series; all sorts of different records, cassettes, and CDs, a computer game, and also, apathetically, a bath towel. A series of graphic novels is currently in preparation, and the motion picture version is confidently expected any decade now.

Adams lives partly in Islington, London, partly in Provence, France, but mostly in airport bookshops.


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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Well...on to the forth (and almost last) of the original set of Hitchhiker's Guide books. We find Arthur Dent back on Earth, which has not been destroyed (I won't spoil the how on this – especially as I’m not completely clear on how Ford pulled it off) looking to help a girl he's fallen in love with, figure out why he's been given a fishbowl with a strange inscription, figuring out where all the dolphins went, trying to find his battered copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide and finally finding the message that God left for all of creation (which falls along the lines of 42 as the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything). The mystery-like storyline combined with the series’ characteristic sarcasm definitely makes it very hard to put down. I’d say it’s the funniest of the books thus far with the healthy dose of irreverent humor we've come to expect from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt that this book was the weakest in the hitch hiker series. there was hardly any planet hopping and the antics were not nearly as interesting without ford. Its still a great book though.
LeoM More than 1 year ago
As this series' ending begins, the events which occur in this book become even more wacky and crazed than the those previous to it. If this series has been entertaining so far, this book follows in suit as it twists the mind and bends all processes of thought to a new level with its unpredictable story line. It all begins with the illusion of a dream... Arthur is led to believe all the events of the past eight years have been a figment of his imagination, and that he has gone crazy (which, following his behavioral patterns, could be a possibility), but with the weird events going on, such as the Earth's dolphins disappearing, he begins to seek the truth, with the hunch that the Vogons were much more than a hallucination. Previous to this hunch, he falls in love with a girl named Fenchurch he met while hitchhiking, and she too believes the Vogons were real (but she was diagnosed with mental instablility). Arthur chases this girl around and eventually begins a romantic relationship, and together (after they have met up with Ford Prefect) they seek the truth behind the destruction and reappearance of the Earth. Without giving away any spoilers, this book is an exciting adventure, (surprisingly) with a love story included, and a tragedy involving a beloved character. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, and hope this series is enjoyed by others just as much as it has been enjoyed by me.  
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Im like half way done amd im kinda annoyed nothing cool has happened yet.
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