“So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” by Douglas Adams

Book Review | 4/5 stars | Genre – Sci-fi

Another great book given to me by my Grandad. No, not like a Christmas present. Instead it can be added to the list of books me and him can talk about – something I always enjoy. Let’s get right into it.

“…and then, one Thursday, nearly 2,000 years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own somewhare in Rickmansworth suddenly realised what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no-one would have to get nailed to anything. Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone about it the Earth was unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace by-pass, and so the idea was lost forever. This is not her story…” (Synopsis from Goodreads)

Initial thoughts…

Now, this was tricky, I haven’t actually read the books before this one. Although I have watched and loved the film (sacrilege I know) – but it did help understand what was going on. It was still easy to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Best moments…

  • Short and sweet: sometimes its just nice to have a short book to get through quickly. This was just that – the flow was great while the bizarre story remained concise yet still made perfect sense.
  • Entertaining: the sheer absurdity of the story just made the novel great to read. The writing style was witty and willing to poke fun at society.
  • Easy to understand: like most sci-fi books, the hardest thing is understanding the new world created. Douglas Adams crafts this twisted version of Earth with enough detail to understand what is going on.

Conclusion…

I really enjoyed reading this book, despite the fact I hadn’t actually read the books before it. There was still just enough detail to know what was going on and really understand the characters. It’s also encouraged me to get the rest of the books and give them a read.

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