Just finished Douglas Adams’ So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, the fourth installment in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.»? It wasn’t as good as the previous three efforts.»? Adams opted for more seriousness than I care for in an Adams novel and the whole story lacked direction.»? I’m still not sure what the point of the book was—I’m inclined to think that there was no story at all, other than the relationship between Arthur and Fenchurch.
Nevertheless, it’s a Hitchhiker’s Guide novel, so all that is excusable.»? It was still a pleasure to read.
Some favourite funny bits:
‘This man is the bees knees, Arthur, he is the wasp’s nipples.»? He is, I would go so far as to say, the entire set of erogenous zones of every major flying insect of the Western world.’
[a scientist at a press conference about the so-called “Rain God”, a man who “brings” rain with him wherever he goes]
‘I’m afraid I can’t comment on the name Rain God at the present time, and we are calling him an example of a Spontaneous Para-Causal Meteorological Phenomenon.’
‘Can you tell us what that means?’
‘I’m not altogether sure.»? Let’s be straight here.»? If we find something we can’t understand, we like to call it something»? you can’t understand, or indeed pronounce.»? I mean if we just let you go around calling him a Rain God, then that suggests you know something we don’t, and I’m afraid we couldn’t have that.
‘No, first we have to call it something which says it’s ours, not yours, then we set about finding some way of proving it’s not what you said it is, but something we say it is.
‘And if it turns out that you’re right, you’ll still be wrong, because we will simply call him a … er, “Supernormal…” — not paranormal or supernatural because you think you know what those mean now, no, a “Supernormal Incremental Precipitation Inducer”.»? We’ll probably want to shove a “Quasi” in there somewhere to protect ourselves.»? Rain God!»? Huh, never heard such nonsense in my life.»? Admittedly, you wouldn’t catch me going on holiday with him.’