Saturday, May 03, 2003

Salmon Of Doubt

The Salmon Of Doubt
I read The Salmon Of Doubt during a couple of flights I took a couple of weeks ago. I've enjoyed all the Douglas Adams books throughout my adult life, I read them in my teens and then re-read them in my late twenties after seeing him give a keynote speech at JavaOne.

The introduction to the book from Stephen Fry, the articles on technology, hitchhikers movie, life in California and the charity work he has done are all fascinating and make up two thirds of the book. The last third of the book is an attempt to put together a series of draft chapters found on Douglas Adams Mac (nearly typed PC - he would turn in his grave) after his untimely death. It's a gallant attempt, but ultimately its an unfinished story that hasn't been polished the way his other writing has been.

If you must read the incomplete novel, read it first, then go to the start of the book and read the smaller articles you'll end up feeling a wholfinish feeling more upbeat - me I'm off to read The Meaning of Liff again.