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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road

Total posts: 15965
Posted:Don't, whatever you do, read The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams.


Well actually do.

It's a brilliant book. A collection of random bits of writing taken from his computer. Including 11 chapters of the novel he was working on when he died (the Salmon of Doubt) - all entirely new, never before been printed/published.

The trouble is (and I don't want to spoil it for anyone here but...) he dies. Not the main character, Dirk Gently. But the writer himself, Mr Adams.

He just dies and stops writing. Right there in the middle of his story. Abruptly.

I was really enjoying it. It was going so well....

and now it's stopped. there is no more.


I feel like I've lost a friend.

I knew he was dead. I knew it when i bought the book. I'd read the introduction and the foreword by Stephen Fry. It said quite clearly he was dead.

I remember seeing it on the news at the time.... "Douglas Adams dies of a heart attack. Age 49..."

I was prepared.

But it still came as a colossal shock. When suddenly, he wasn't there telling me the story any more.

He'd been there to tell of his love for the Beatles. And how he introduced himself once with the aid of a cricket ball. How he didn't own a dog himself but was very friendly with 2 in Santa Fe. And how he loved Macs despite them being rubbish/troublesome/whatever.

How he regularly hired a man called Frank to smash bits out of his house for him in the name of restoration.

That he once ran across part of Africa in a rhino suit to raise awareness about poaching.

Or that, after 20 years, he was still trying to get Disney (or anyone else for that matter) to make a film version of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I loved the writing style and wit so much so that I was going round finding hapless victims to read excerpts to. Not noticing that they oft times didn't find it as funny as I did.


Basically I was thoroughly enjoying reading the book.....


And it stopped.


Now I'll never know why the rhino escaped or if Dave ever managed to land in the swimming pool on Dave Hill.....


"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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frostypaw


Great balls of fire
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Total posts: 643
Posted:He is sorely missed

Life as a bowl of petunias, fish bowls that sing and The Art Of Forgetting To Hit The Ground go with him....

Ya can at least pay a small respect by visiting HotBlack Desiato's up by Angel and pretend you're interested in buying a flat - it's a start!


I can SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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FyreFlye


member
Location: PHX, Arizona

Total posts: 26
Posted:Sorry.

It will take a few days to shake off the empty feeling of the loss of a story. (let alone the loss of Mr Addams)

Good Luck with it. Keep us posted....


Yesterday I thought I could not.
Today I am certain I can.

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Dom
BRONZE Member since Dec 2001

Dom

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bristol, UK

Total posts: 3009
Posted:Read it recently myself.

Richard Dawkins lament in particular was really moving

A very sad, sad loss


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oli
SILVER Member since Jul 2003

not with cactus
Location: bristol/ southern eastern devo...

Total posts: 2052
Posted:he was a brilliant writer, i love the thought that the whole of creation can be derived from a fairy cake.

Me train running low on soul coal
They push+pull tactics are driving me loco
They shouldn't do that no no no

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Dentrassi
GOLD Member since Apr 2003

Dentrassi

ZORT!
Location: Brisbane

Total posts: 3044
Posted:*sniff* i loaned my douglas adams books to several friends....they all said that they understood my sense of humour far better afterwards...

if only i had a wife to plug my fairy cake into...

maybe ill have to program an electric monk to believe he is douglas adams so he can finish off the stories..? maybe not....


"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

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frostypaw


Great balls of fire
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Total posts: 643
Posted:quote:Originally posted by oli:
he was a brilliant writer, i love the thought that the whole of creation can be derived from a fairy cake. Actually I do have one complaint - while trying to go to the loo in uni halls after what might have been some acid *ahem* I made the mistake of looking at the swirl of smudged bad cleaning on the back of the door and thinking it looked kinda galactic. next thing i know the little arrow appeared and it started zooming out and i was stuck in the Total Perception Vortex for what felt like about five hours

Didn't like that much!

Still genius tho - totally understand what Dentrassi means - so many little jokes and asides that just don't make sense to anyone else

Despite the initial warning I think my next read has been nominated lol


I can SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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Flynt
SILVER Member since May 2002

Flynt

Intrepid Penguin


Total posts: 5635
Posted:I'm halfway through reading The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul at the moment. It's rather good, I think.

Douglas Adams was amazingly creative and also a wonderful Human Bean. He is sorely missed.


Currently on the right side up of the world.

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borismcnorris


borismcnorris

professional pedant
Location: Bristol

Total posts: 137
Posted:reading this thread has made me realise that i haven't read any Douglas Adams for ages. Will have to dig out my copy of HHGTTG this weekend.

Have any of you ever mastered missing the ground? I have lots of scars to prove that I haven't!

if anyone hasn't seen it yet, the BBC have set up a form of tribute to Douglas at h2g2.com where people can post their own entries for a real Hitchhikers Guide.

[ 06. August 2003, 23:51: Message edited by: borismcnorris ]


A warrior always returns to the fray. He never does so out of stubbornness, but because he has noticed a change in the weather - Paulo Coelho

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DeepSoulSheep
GOLD Member since Sep 2002

DeepSoulSheep

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Berlin

Total posts: 2617
Posted:Indeed it seems like I was the last person on the planet to discover him. I'm about 3 quarters of my my through his trilogy (in 5 parts) and it is fantastic.

I find while reading his books that I can see where a lot of modern science-fiction and even cartoons have been influenced by him.....very interesting.

Anyway hope you're not all to jealous of me still being able to read his stuff for the first time.


I live in a world of infinite possibilities.

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:I still haven't read the Salmon of Doubt, but I've read most (if not all) of his other books.

At one stage I tried to learn all of "The Deeper Meaning of Liff" but realised it was pointless unless other people knew what you were talking about.
Ho-hum


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Spinner of poi
Slacker of enormous magnitude

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Prometheus


Prometheus

Diamond In The Rough
Location: Richmond, Virginia

Total posts: 459
Posted:Speaking of a HHGTTG movie, did you know there was a limited TV series, which covered the first two books? I'm fairly certain the BBC was behind it. The acting was OK, and the special effects looked like leftovers from a Dr. Who episode, but overall it wasn't half bad. It's also laced with graphic narrations of 'entries' from The Book.

I found the collected series on video in my local library.

Having said that, I think I'll go spin to the soothing, tranquil melodies of DISASTER AREA...


Dance like it hurts; Love like you need money; Work like someone is watching.

Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, when you DO criticize them, you are a mile away, and you have their shoes.

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road

Total posts: 15965
Posted:Aww. Aren't americans cute....

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road

Total posts: 15965
Posted:I've been looking for this thread for ages...

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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NOn


activist for HoPper liberation.
Location: ffidrac

Total posts: 1643
Posted:awww.... *sniff* i miss Mr Adams now too frown a year after everybody else - well obviously was quite gutted at the time too, but just didn't have the appropriate internet medium to express it.... It's really sad to think that you will never know what the ending of the salmon of doubt was, keep waiting, but s'not going to happen *sob*

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if it makes no sense that's because it's NOn-sense.

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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales

Total posts: 8428
Posted:Never fear. I'm sure he'll send Marvin back with the manuscript.

Feed me Chocolate!!! Feed me NOW!

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road

Total posts: 15965
Posted:Hitch hikers is back on Radio 4 at the moment.

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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NOn


activist for HoPper liberation.
Location: ffidrac

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Posted:thanks, yeah i heard about that, doesn't help me to remember about it on the appropriate day though umm D'oh! Although I'm pretty sure my parents have a copy of it on vinyl, always there for when reading seems too hard biggrin

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road

Total posts: 15965
Posted:It's on on Thursday nights at about 11pm i think. And it's repeated on tuesdays at around 6.30pm

I haven't managed to catch it on either day at any point so far.

My selfish father never bothered buying the vinyl version. he seems to have wasted his time buying stuff like Bob Dylan....


"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Trillian
BRONZE Member since Feb 2004

Trillian

Llamas are larger than frogs.
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Total posts: 319
Posted:I'm gonna start crying! Douglas is my god. Just because it hasn't yet been mentioned, I'd like to say that his book 'Last Chance to See" is one of the most depressing and moving books I've read...
RIP Douggie-boy.


"I know a good deal more than a boiled carrot."
"Fire!" "Where?" "Nowhere, I was just illustrating the misuse of free speech."

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Posted:i find it so hard to read fiction coz i end up getting peeved with it and try + rewrite it or adapt it into a film. I have to read fact for my own sanity

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simian


simian

110% MONKEY EVERY TIME ALL THE TIME JUST CANT STOP THE MONKEY
Location: London

Total posts: 3149
Posted:funnily enough, i just finished reading 'Last Chance to See' (for the 3rd time) yesterday, and decided to google how some of the animals he went to see are doing now. It didn't make comforting reading.

baiji dolphin frown
Kakapo doing better (though still desperately endangereed)
White Rhino frown

As far as I could see, none of them are extinct yet though. Which is more than you can say for Douglas frown


"Switching between different kinds of chuu chuu sometimes gives this "urgh wtf?" effect because it's giving people the phi phenomenon."

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=Flashpoint=
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...

Total posts: 2719
Posted:Theyre making the film of h2g2...

Empire are following it here:

http://www.empireonline.co.uk/site/futurefilms/viewfilm.asp?FID=9807


looks promising...


ohmygodlaserbeamspewpewpew!
ubbrollsmileubbrollsmileubbrollsmileubbrollsmile

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Trillian
BRONZE Member since Feb 2004

Trillian

Llamas are larger than frogs.
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Total posts: 319
Posted:Written by: simian

funnily enough, i just finished reading 'Last Chance to See' (for the 3rd time) yesterday, and decided to google how some of the animals he went to see are doing now. It didn't make comforting reading.

baiji dolphin frown
Kakapo doing better (though still desperately endangereed)
White Rhino frown

As far as I could see, none of them are extinct yet though. Which is more than you can say for Douglas frown


Ugh, those numbers are sickening. But yay for the little bit of comeback in the Kakapo population!
It's really interesting when reading his books, you can tell which ones he wrote after doing last chance to See-like the whole part about seeing the Dodo's in Long Dark Teatime...


"I know a good deal more than a boiled carrot."
"Fire!" "Where?" "Nowhere, I was just illustrating the misuse of free speech."

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Nephtys


Nephtys

resident fridge magnet
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Total posts: 835
Posted:GUYS!! The new (i.e. not a repeat of the late 70's one, they're doing books 3-5!!!!) radio show is on on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (GMT) and repeated on Thursdays at 11pm, and after the Thursday repeat you can listen to the show on the bbc's website for a whole week as many times as you like! So you still have until 11:30 pm tomorrow to listen to episode 1! Here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio4_aod.shtml?hitchhikers


quick! go listen to it!


everyone's unique except me

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Pyrolific
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Total posts: 3288
Posted:its funny. I bought the book in India (almost a year ago) and havent read it because I was afraid of what you described, Cantus. I dearly loved Douglas Adams' work, and I just cant bring myself to read the last one. I feel like he will stay alive as long as I dont read his last chapter.

Josh


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Tao Star


Tao Star

Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol

Total posts: 1662
Posted:but you HAVE to read it though - just because he wrote it. nd the interviews and articles and stuff at the end are good, although i did come away feeling that although i love the author i probably would have found the man irritating if not full on annoying.


we differ on a few important points like religion and me having a soul.


I had a dream that my friend had a
strong-bad pop up book,
it was the book of my dreams.

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