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“Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth’s dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on. . . .

God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it’s light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?”

The fourth book in the series was the least remarkable by far. There was less humor, less weirdness, and just less everything that made me like the first two books so much.

In this book Arthur has made it back to Earth and everything is exactly how it was, well except for the missing dolphins. Which is perfectly reasonable since this really ins’t the Earth Earth, but a back-up copy of the Earth. Though the Dolphins did leave little glass bowls that say “so long, and thanks for all the fish” on them if you know how to read them and of course the craziest man on Earth knows how to read them.

I am amused that Arthur is more a central character now instead of the guy that everything happens to. He actually runs this book. Though that may be why this book was for the most part boring and uninteresting. He had mostly human adventures with mostly human people. He did meet a pretty swell girl who was pretty crazy and who levitated all the time. So he taught her how to fly and they had crazy sky sex.

Nothing about this book was too funny or really worth mentioning. I would suggest stopping reading the series around book 2 1/2. Just stop half way through the third one and it will be so much nicer. This might change depending on how book five goes, but we will see.


2 out of 5 stars. I would not recommend this book.

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