So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish

The fourth book by Douglas Adams in the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy.  I was a little disappointed by the third book, but I really enjoyed this one.

Book Stats

214 Pages

Science Fiction/Satire

The 4th book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy.

Characters

This book focuses primary on Arthur Dent from the previous books, but Ford Prefect also plays a role in the story.  The book also introduces a love interest for Arthur with the character Fenchurch.

Setting

We return to Earth for this planet, minus the dolphins.

Plot

Arthur finds himself back on Earth for some reason that is never really explained all that well in this book.  Early on he meets Fenchurch and immediately falls for her.  Fenchurch feels like she forgot something when everyone else was hallucinating and they thought they saw the Vogon ships.  Arthur helps her to find the final message that God left for the universe.

Enjoyment

The third book was a bit of a disappointment, this one I enjoyed a lot more.  The humor was still there, but the plot was more focused.  There were some very nice moments in the book as well.  As I said earlier, Arthur finally being competent in dealing with another person was nice, and there was also a nice moment for Marvin towards the end of the book.

Overall Grade

Some of the funniest lines in the series, and a more focused plot make this the second best book of the series thus far.

8/10

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