So the title The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul is so fantastic And the randomness, quirkiness and interesting meditations of Douglas Adams s detective, Dirk Gently, matches the tone set by that title The novel even features the Norse Gods in the modern world reminding me of Neil Gaiman s American Gods Definitely a different take on Thor than you ll see in the superhero movies The mystery plot s are less the point here than simply taking the journey In that respect, there s a commonality with Adams famous Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series Getting to the restaurant at the end of the universe, for instance, is important than the destination For me, the randomness can be too random at times and not at all connected to plot, but again, I know that wasn t the point I enjoyed 3.75 stars. This used to be one of my favorite books when I was 18 that was than a few years ago cough thirty something cough I was definitely going through a I love everything Douglas Adams phase at the time and while I still like this book because sometimes the ridiculousness of the plot and randomness of how everything happens is still so much fun I didn t enjoy it as much as I did back then.There are some great things in this There is Dirk who is a funny and severely quirky character who is often very creative in his role as a holistic detective I really do laugh at the odd way in which he sees the world and interacts with itHe had a tremendous propensity for getting lost when driving This was largely because of his method of Zen navigation, which was simply to find any car that looked as if it knew where it was going and follow it The results were often surprising than successful, but he felt it was worth it for the sake of the few occasions when it was both When the girl sitting at the next table looked away for a moment, Dirk leaned over and took her coffee He knew that he was perfectly safe doing this because she would simply not be able to believe that this had happened He sat sipping at the lukewarm cup and casting his mind back over the dayWhile if I met him in real life I d probably like to deck him, in the story I find his antics and musings completely fascinating and sometimes hilarious.Some of the story seemed like just random events to me this time through and while situationally funny I wasn t sure how it all moved together sometimes Thor having performance issues was entertaining as was Kate trying to figure out why right after she left the ticketing gate at Heathrow Airport did it blow un and what is with all the penguins in her subconsciousInsofar as she recognized at all that she was dreaming, she realized that she must be exploring her subconscious mind She had heard it said that humans are supposed only to use about a tenth of their brains, and that no one was really clear what the other nine tenths were for, but she had certainly never heard it suggested that they were used for storing penguinsAdams wrote some wonderful jokes throughout the story but now that I ve read so many books I see where there are some real pacing problems and the actual story is a bit lackluster overall, but the jokes are great.Even though this isn t as great as I once remembered it being I still so love to dive into this type of humor from time to time and just give into the improbability and impossibility of it all. This is the second book about Dirk Gently, the holistic private investigator A seriously underestimated series or what was to become a series, I m sure In this second volume, Dirk is not really at his best Something is wrong and he can t put his finger to it To make matters worse, a very well off client, who promised to voluntarily pay for all sorts of quirks, is not just crazy as Dirk had thought, but ends up dead money sure does seem to have a way of getting away from Dirk Dirk s horoscope is even worse than usual but instead of taking the holistic approach, he chalks it up to an acquaintance of his being even annoying than usual that acquaintance is writing that particular horoscope Add to that a weird incident at Heathrow airport it had it coming if you ask me, I hate that place and several encounters with fridges and a Coca Cola vending machine and you get the usual silliness for which Douglas Adams was so famous for.However, as is also signature DA, no matter how silly his characters or observations, they are also spot on Like how airports are the worst places on Earth and how everyone is aggravated there Or how the simplest things we re used to can seem paramount when living somewhere this simple thing isn t normal and certainly not simple yes, I m talking about the pizza deliveries Paul, is it true that London doesn t have or didn t have, in the 80s pizza delivering services, but that you have had to pick the pizza up yourself instead Throughout the book there are hilarious moments, classics of the comedy genre Like when Kate is at Heathrow in the very beginning Or when view spoiler the eagle is in Dirk s office apartment, he locks it in the kitchen, it repeatedly flies against the kitchen door in order to get out, then Dirk opens the door, the eagle doesn t notice in time and instead slams into the wall of the next room hide spoiler Unlike his Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series a collection of humorous vignettes without much of a plot, continuity, or character development , Douglas Adams Dirk Gently series two novels and some sketches for a third one, included in the Salmon of Doubt is in fact literature of the first degree In the second novel, The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, Dirk Gently, a private holistic investigator an eccentric slob, perpetually broke, capricious, silly, and wonderfully insightful , while minding his client s Kate, a somewhat confused gal from New York interests, unravels a pseudo conspiracy involving the Norse gods all of them , in which the gods are the victims.Employing his own special methods which differ from Sherlock Holmes methods in that Dirk has a soft spot for the impossible and does not like to dismiss it , Dirk manages to a side with the gods b save them c punish the guilty d help his client e end up broke again The last bit is fine by him in the previous novel, he sent a bill to a client of his, whose missing cat he was supposed to find, with just one item on it, Saving the Universe No charge.Laced with Adams trademark humor, this novel certainly puts its author in the same category with Mark Twain, Chekhov, and Maupassant I m not exaggerating. Unfortunately, Adams sequel to Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency isn t as tightly written as its predecessor On the sentence level, Adams is still writing furiously funny jokes, but The Long, Dark Tea Time of the Soul ends up feeling like first class humor wrapped loosely around second class plot and characters Adams has been accused of writing punchlines rather than plots, and it shows in this book perhaps so than anywhere else I also thought the book s flow suffered greatly in places, with important scenes not having enough space devoted to their development especially in the last few pages, such as the Valhalla scene In addition, Dirk Gently s fundamental interconnectedness approach to investigation where everything is important because it s linked to everything else is still present here, but the linked items don t line up as neatly as they did in the first book I also found the conclusion lacking at the end of Dirk Gently s, I said Fantastic aloud to the room around me at the end of The Long, Dark I turned the page and, when there was nothing else to read, said aloud, That s it So five stars for humor, but minus two for poor plot and flow. 20,000 ratings, 500 reviews Why bother to add another one to the masses You don t need me to tell you to read this book, if you ve gotten this far you re either already a fan of Adams or like me you picked it up because of the moody title and should have now found out that it s a sequel to the original Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency Fear not, you don t really need to have read the other one to enjoy this additional piece of absurdity from Douglas Adams Instead I ll make five points about the second Dirk Gently if I may.1 I ve read this book than any other Douglas Adams book.2 This is my good friend Emily s favourite ever book she loves it so much that she judges people by whether they have it on their bookshelf or not, whether they ve even read it and most importantly how much they enjoyed it Happily I still enjoyed this book, my friendship with Emily is safe.3 The BBC TV series recently aired and was totally and completely brilliant, the performance of Stephen Mangan as Dirk Gently is as close to perfection as you get in a TV adaptation So good was his performance that I read through this book today and could only imagine him as Dirk, as if Adams wrote it with him in mind impossible but Dirk doesn t have any problems with impossible, as long as he can find out how it s done 4 Written in 1987 apparently pizza was not delivered in the UK at this time The horror I cannot imagine a world where you can t get pizza delivered No wonder Pizza Hut was such a big thing when it opened in my town as a child.5 Combining the content of this novel and the fact that he wrote Don t Panic The Official Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Companion, Neil Gaiman was clearly influenced by Adams when writing American Gods AND for the first time I realised that some of the parts of Good Omens I d attributed to Terry Pratchett in my mind were obviously examples of early Gaiman.And there you have it, another collection of words written about this book on GR Well worth reading. I love Douglas Adams but this book missed the mark a wee bit for me Although the stuff with the gods was fun I m not sure how much help Dirk was and the ending was a little abrupt But otherwise, there were some funny parts. When A Passenger Check In Desk At London S Heathrow Airport Disappears In A Ball Of Orange Flame, The Explosion Is Deemed An Act Of God But Which God, Wonders Holistic Detective Dirk Gently What God Would Be Hanging Around Heathrow Trying To Catch The To Oslo And What Has This To Do With Dirk S Latest And Late Client, Found Only This Morning With His Head Revolving Atop The Hit Record Hot Potato Amid The Hostile Attentions Of A Stray Eagle And The Trauma Of A Very Dirty Refrigerator, Super Sleuth Dirk Gently Will Once Again Solve The Mysteries Of The Universe This is very hard for me, you know I love Douglas Adams I adore his phrasing, his word structure, and how he manages to make things seem funny,ridiculous, menacing or heartbreaking I ve loved the Hitchhiker books, and he continues to be one of the writers I care for quite immensely.This is why rating this book as 3 5 is so sad for me, this book started off great, with plenty of intrigue and mystery, and a bunch of characters that seemed interesting and off their rockers in other words, regular Adams fare So, I thought I was going to love it, and I did But then I came to the last few chapters, and it seems like someone was on Adams s case, asking him to finish the damn book The whole thing seems hurried, with characters jumping around and events taking place so fast that you couldn t even tell what had happened until you ve read it again His randomness, which is endearing when used carefully, is tossed about everywhere, as he ties up every single loose end in a matter of a few paragraphs.I won t lie I felt cheated by the end of this book, and I don t like to be cheated. Lots of hilarious moments, though the pacing s not quite up to the level set in the first Dirk Gently book The ending especially feels rushed he spends a long time building up this fantastic web of complexity, and then rips it down with a climax and ending that together are barely longer than But it all worked out okay in the end But, as a math student working through too many proofs right now, I really love Dirk s way of thinking especially his reversal of Sherlock Holmes style logic What was the Sherlock Holmes principle Once you have discounted the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth I reject that entirely, said Dirk sharply The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks How often have you been presented with an apparently rational explanation of something that works in all respects other than one, which is just that it is hopelessly improbable Your instinct is to say, Yes, but he or she simply wouldn t do that Well, it happened to me today, in fact, replied Kate Ah, yes, said Dirk, slapping the table and making the glasses jump, your girl in the wheelchair a perfect example The idea that she is somehow receiving yesterday s stock market prices apparently out of thin air is merely impossible, and therefore must be the case, because the idea that she is maintaining an immensely complex and laborious hoax of no benefit to herself is hopelessly improbable The first idea merely supposes that there is something we don t know about, and God knows there are enough of those The second, however, runs contrary to something fundamental and human which we do know about We should therefore be very suspicious of it and all its specious rationality Words to live by Stay open minded, because there s a lot we don t know about.
Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series Hitchhiker s began on radio, and developed into a trilogy of five books which sold than fifteen million copies during his lifetime as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was completed after Adams death The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams He was known to some fans as Bop Ad after his illegible signature , or by his initials DNA.In addition to The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as
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