Title: The Salmon of Doubt
Author: Douglas Adams
Page Count: 284
This book is pretty quirky, but then what else would you expect from Douglas Adams? Admittedly, he himself didn’t have such an active hand in it considering it was pulled together after his death based on the contents of his not inconsiderably number of hard drives.
It was actually quite interesting for me to compare this one to A Slip of the Keyboard, which pulled together some of Terry Pratchett’s non-fiction. The two writers have a lot in common in some ways, and in both cases it was fascinating to get a closer insight into their minds.
This book also contained part of an unfinished novel that Adams had been writing at the time of his death and which was due to be the third book in the Dirk Gently series. I remember when I first read those books and I kind of felt as though the plot was less important than the ideas that Adams had to share, and the same is true here. It’s just that they’re not quite as rounded and polished as they might have been if he’d been given enough time to finish.
Overall then, I can’t see why this would be of interest if you’re only a casual Adams fan, but if you want to dig a little deeper and work your way through his back catalogue, it’s definitely worth picking up. You’ll learn a lot about him, and it’s quite a sweet little testament to who he was and what he was all about. And it turns out that he knew pretty much everyone, too.