>> Thursday, January 21, 2010
So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams (Audio)
Genre: Science Fiction / Comedy
Series: #4 in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series
Publication Date: 1984
Read by: Martin Freeman
Challenges: Support Your Local Library #3
The Short Version:
The zaniness continues with part of the main cast from the first three books mostly absent, but it’s still a heck of a lot of fun with this one being more of a romantic comedy than the others.
Why I Read It:
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to this series and I have to finish it. The question should actually be ‘why haven’t I read this already?’
After roaming space and time for (what he figures is about 8 years), Arthur Dent finds himself back on Earth. To his great confusion it seems to have not been destroyed by the Vogons after all, although Arthur clearly remembers it’s destruction being the beginning of his adventures. While coming to grips with the apparent fact of the Earth’s existence, Arthur also finds himself suddenly and inexplicably in love with a girl named Fenchurch. What he can’t figure out is whether he’s the one who is confused about the planet being destroyed (or not) or is it everyone else? And what is up with the fishbowl and the missing dolphins?
This one actually has a teensy bit more of a linear plotline than the first three books in the series. Zaphod, Trillian and some of the usual gang aren’t in this one much at all. Even Fort Prefect is only around for part of the story. This one focuses on Arthur and his budding romance with Fenchurch. Don’t worry, the wackiness and space/time travel is still very much a part of the story and it somehow remains true to the story already in process from the first three books and is just as lacking in answers and strong on randomness. Mostly it’s just a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyable audio.