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Beloved, bumbling Detective Dirk Gently returns in this standalone novel from Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

When a check-in desk at London’s Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the event is said to be an act of God. But which god? wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently. And how is this connected to Dirk’s battle with his cleaning lady over his filthy refrigerator…or to the murder of his latest client? Or are these events just another stretch of coincidences in the life of the world’s most off-kilter private investigator?

Douglas Adams, “one of England’s top exporters of irreverence” (Chicago Tribune), continues the implausible adventures of supersleuth Dirk Gently in his quest to solve the mysteries of the universe.

Topics: Alternate Universe, London, Norway, Norse Mythology, Speculative Fiction, Funny, Witty, Adventurous, Satirical, Supernatural Powers, Private Investigators, Poverty, Murder, and British Author

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ISBN: 9781476739656
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I'm not sure whether this is the effect of not being jammed into half a train seat by someone twice the size of me, but The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul seemed less funny but more absorbing than the first book. It helped that it included Norse gods, I think. I had no idea that Douglas Adams had tangled with them.

On the other hand, I don't really think that as much seemed to happen, somehow. Less plates seemed to be spinning. I think that was a good thing for the narrative, but it seemed to make the second book different in tone from the first... (And then I wonder if that was just because at no point did I have to stuff my Kindle back into a bag and run to get off a train because I was about to miss getting off at the correct station. I suspect I'm more influenced by the circumstances in which I read books than I realise.)

So... on some levels, I enjoyed this more than the first book, and on some levels, less. Quite an odd feeling.

I do like the nine tenths of the subconscious being given over to penguins.more
Very, very funny mystery. I liked this a little bit better than the first Dirk Gently book, probably because this had more of a coherent plot line. While it’s not as laugh-out-loud as the Hitchhiker’s series is, and that Dirk Gently is more of a prat, it’s still a very enjoyable read.more
I love Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency the best of any of Douglas Adams's books, so it's always disappointing when I follow up with The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. I always want it to be more of DG's HDA, but despite having the same character of Dirk Gently, it's almost a completely different type of book.You see, one of the things I liked about the first part of this pair is Dirk Gently being such a strange figure who does strange things, and the reader has no idea what to expect from him. Richard, the narrator of the other book, is the long-suffering straight man and Dirk is one of the people who pulls him around. But in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, our narrator is Dirk himself, and he becomes the long-suffering straight man that strange things happen to.I just don't think Dirk Gently has the same wild appeal when he's forced to be the narrator. As in the other book, there are secondary narrators - both the pragmatic women character - that offset the main point of view, but it works so much better for Richard than for Dirk. (On the other hand, if we didn't have him as a narrator, we wouldn't get the scenes of Dirk's waking habits, and his refrigerator, and the owl stalking him, and that'd be such a pity.)The plot of the book is fine and great, but every time I finish reading it, I just feel so disappointed with Dirk Gently as the narrator, like it would be so much better if he were acting on the narrator again, that I never really think much about the plot other than it sure does take place at night, and I love everything about Odin and the hospital where he lives.more
Douglas Adams has this way of finding the cosmic absurdities of the Universe and poking them with a stick. Never is this more true than in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. This time, it's the Norse gods on the chopping block of Adams' absurdity axe and he doesn't let up for a minute. And of course, we also have the wonderful, accidental genius of Dirk Gently, stumbling around in the dark and tripping right over the right answer. We have a large man in animal skins trying to fly to Norway with no passport, a deceased music writer with a very disturbed son in the attic, and an old man who loves to sleep who is in actuality the All-Father himself! How are all these seemingly random things connected? And how will Dirk stumble upon the answer this time? Best you find out for yourselves, don't want me spoiling the ending for you. Definitely a must-read for fans of Adams, Hitchhiker's, Norse mythology, and the absurdities of the modern world.more
"The explosion was now officially designated an "Act of God".But, thought Dirk, what god? And why?What god would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 flight to Oslo?" More Dirk Gently but this time Adams pushes playfully with the fantastical. Again much going on, many playful ideas, a lot of humour. It fact it seems a better book all round, if you can cope with a rushed ending. I presume he got bored, wandered off and someone else had to tie up some of the loose ends. It's all worth it though, the character of Dirk expands to fill the story and everywoman Kate carries the ludicrous occurrences as a straight women should. To do this day I still want to have a bath, as Kate does, that uses every single bath product I own and then wallow in it :) I may be overly nostalgic as in this I encountered some modern fantasy tropes here for the 1st time, the other world so closely linked to our own.. old immortal gods who are still with us and I still find it utterly refreshing whilst at the same time comforting. It can be read standalone and maybe a good book to try if you have run away in horror from his others. Highly recommended.more
It's Douglas Adams. You can't go wrong. I'd be lying if I said I was absolutely thrilled about how this one wraps up, but with story-telling this good, it hardly matters. Douglas Adams at his worst is miles above most other writers at their best.more
What is there to say? Another clever, crafty, weird, thoroughly enjoyable novel from Douglas Adams. I continue to like Dirk Gently more than the Hitchhiker series - there's something about old, cranky Norse gods who've sold their souls to humans living among us today (for example) that is even more ridiculous and wonderful than space ships and manic depressive robots (no offense).more
This sci/fi detective story has it all: Viking gods, goblins, exploding airports, and women turned into Coke Machines. Still, it doesn't come up to the level of Hitchhiker's Guide, but then, what can? It sparkles with wit and surprising plot twists, and, as usual, Adams assumes his audience is intelligent enough to understand the English language without having to move everything to monosyllabic words. And, as usual, his ending doesn't really wrap up everything; for instance, what happened to the eagle in Dirk's hallway? In the hands of a lesser artist, that could seem sloppy; in the hands of a master craftsman, it just sort of leaves you wanting more. In addition, the book is a quick and easy read, which is nice after a couple of real time eaters. I would recommend it to anyone with a quirky sense of humor and a true sense of the absurd.more
This is not Douglas Adams best work, but using that as a standard is not fair to this book. The setup may not be as good as his other books, but the characters, the situations they find themselves in, and their interaction are as witty as any of his other writing. This book is funny. The ideas and message are creative. This is an enjoyable read. Even if this was the only book Douglas Adams ever wrote, it would stand out for its uniqueness and wit.more
Another funny book by Douglas Adams, which had me snickering out loud every now and then. The Dirk Gently books are not as witty as the Hitchhiker's Guide, but they are both compulsory reads for fans of Adams' writing.more
"What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?"Very funny - this is a follow-up to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.more
I'm a great admirer of Douglas Adams, I need to say that up front. His ability to weave an intricate story that seems whimsical at first until you realize all the little strands are connected and point at Something Big (©) is unsurpassed. Nevertheless, this last excursion for Dirk Gently is a bit of a disappointment. It's not that his writing is off, that he does not characterize his protagonists well or is...well...boring. It's that the big picture is literally painted in the last few pages. And even then, after the big reveal, I'm left wondering what I missed.Anyway, you won't go wrong reading this book. And if it's your first Adams, you'll be in for even more awesome stuff once you sample his other works. But if this is not your inauguration, prepare to long for Vogons.more
The book has some cool passages and some of Douglas Adams' trademark wit and humor but there are some sections that you just have to plod though.more
Honestly, it irritates me when other people do not get the genius of the Dirk Gently books. I had some laughing fits with this one, and I will never look at Norse gods the same way again. I love you Douglas...wherever you are.more
It saddens me to say it, but Douglas Adams is a one trick pony. 'Hitch Hikers' was absolutely fantastic and one expects any comic writer to have a recognizable style but I found that I was ahead of the punch line too often.The story is, as one would expect, off the wall: Thor puts in an appearance in modern day Britain causing all sorts of problems for Dirk Gently and the few humans who can see him. It does have its humorous moments, and I would rate it higher were it not to be for the genius of HHG2G which makes this look pedestrian.more
Dirk gently is such a cool character, his strange approach to detective work and his obsession with proving the interconnectiveness of all things leads to so many chancces for humour, and Adams ofcourse pounces on ever single one. I really do prefer these to the hitchikers series, many would disagree, but read the dirk gently books and you will love them.more
It takes a brave man to move away from the series of books which made his name, and his fortune. But Douglas Adams had other stories to tell. This book is the second 'Dirk Gently', the adventures of the 'holistic' detective.The ideas that Adams explores in this book have a very 'Hitch Hikers' feel to them (suitably, warmly silly). And every time I take a trip to London I'm reminded of this book as I arrive in St. Pancras station. It's recently been restored to its former glory, and I love the idea that Douglas Adams would have revelled in the fact that it looks more like Valhalla than ever...more
This one starts out as though it's going to be better than the original 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' was, but ends on a low point. Overall a satisfying read, but it shouldn't be read by anyone who hasn't done Dirk Gently itself yet.Basically, it feels like Adams ran out of energy and just quit at the end, because it's a horrible, horrible ending. The rest is quite entertaining, however, particularly the crime scene at the house, and all scenes involving Thor. It's simply a fact: Douglas Adams was an incredible humorist and great at writing radio-play series, which need not always be aimed at a serious, concise ending. He just can't do endings or contained plots: he like big, rambling things full of dramatic and unexpected changes. Now, when the changes are so dramatic that they become unexpectable, or when the endings are too remote from the meat of the story to provide any satisfaction, then this becomes a problem.more
I still think of this as DNA's latest work even though it's some 20 years old now, it hasn't aged particularly well- I can't imagine a London in which it would be impossible to have pizza delivered.Not quite as funny as it could be, but still an amusing and quirky insight into the world, based on the simple premise: imortallity isn't just for a passing culture. The holistic private detective Dirk Gently is late for an appointment with one of his few clients. He is somewhat distressed to find the police present and his client deceased. The resulting broken nose leads to a chance encounter in a cafe with a nurse which in turn through the vagracies of Dirk's zen navigation style, leads to his meeting with Kate Schechter. Kate has been independantly tracing the obdurate gentleman who prevented her flying to Oslo shortly before the airport terminal exploded. Dirk's holisitc intrepation - meaning that all things in life are interconnected - leads him to the remarkable, but when you think about it totally correct conclusion that Sherlock Holmes was wrong. The impossible merely implies we haven't found all the knowledge available, wheras the improbable we can discount because we do generally know how people behave.Dirk has many annoying mannerisms, but his ability to draw conclusions from such wide ranging co-incidences makes every paragraph an exercise in trying to guess where the story might be going. Superb. Maybe not of the abstract of Hitchhikers, but for anyone who lives inthe UK a very worthy read.more
Part mystery novel, part puzzle, this novel bring us one again to Dirk Gently's world, where finally, his financial woes are over, until the somewhat crazy record producer who has him on retainer is beheaded one day in a locked room. Is is then that Dirk realizes that this man's lunatic ravings may have had some truth in them.Encountering Thor, the Norse god, as well as some other characters from Norse mythology, Dirk once again tries to find a holistic solution to the problem at hand.If you enjoyed Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, you're bound to enjoy this one.more
Dirk Gently returns in this "sequel" to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. I use the word sequel very loosely since the only similarity between the two is the character of Dirk Gently.I think Dirk is a brilliant character created by a comedic genius. Adams' is a master at fleshing out strange characters with thought patterns that don't reflect the rest of us. In his first novel, Dirk took on time paradoxes. Now he takes on Nordic gods, beheadings, and inexplicable explosions and disappearances. All while taking care of his fridge and searching for another pack of cigarettes.Worth the read if only to get a good laugh from Adams' patentable humor.more
He could not write something which was not funny- he is missed.more
A slightly funny little romp that ties in mythology. Adam's quirky wit is evident throughout the piece making for a very quick mildly enjoyable read.more
Odin has sold his power to an unethical couple and Dirk Gently and Kate need to sort it out. Various surreal goings on including a fighter aeroplane turned into a ( very cross) eagle and a young woman transformed into a drinks machine. Although funny I found it vaguely unsatisfactory and the ending confusing and a bit of a let down. Tom Holt does it better.An OK book.more
Dirk Gently rides again. I think this is Adam's worst novel. It shambles around with Nordic gods and demonic contracts, like a third rate pagan Master and Margarita. In this book Immortal gods can get old and die, Odin is now in a rest home, Thor has gone postal and Dirk's ex-assistant has been turned into a Coke machine, all very uninspired, and not very funny. Terry Pratchett covers the same ground far more entertainingly.more
Hysterically funny. I have rarely laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. Especially humorous if you have any knowledge at all of Norse mythology. Right up there with the best of Terry Pratchett.more
This book was fantastic! It was a unique and quirky theological mystery which i enjoyed immensely. Adams has a great style and i loved his portrayal of the Norse Pantheon in their seeming "twilight years" so to speak. I was given this book by a friend who thought that I would enjoy it, and I must say that I'm excited to read more of Adams' work, especially the first Dirk Gently novel and the Hitchhiker books.more
An interesting blend of detective story and fantasy. I found the book quite entertaining but not nearly as brilliant as the Hitchhiker's Guide. I was left puzzling as to why that is. This is what I came up with: What I like about the book is Douglas Adams' extremely witty style of writing. What I don't like is the story. While the Hitchhiker's Guide is wholly escapist, almost entirely set off this planet so remarkably removed very early on, the Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul tries to blend magic and London. Just not my cup of tea. Maybe Harry Potter spoiled that combination for me.Still, Douglas Adams' writing shines and makes for some good entertainment. Three stars.more
I bought this at the National Airport bookstore, and began it on the plane. The opening sentence is "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport.' Serendipity made it just that much more hilarious.more
An entertaining read. Not as good as Hitchhikers, but still enjoyable.more
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I'm not sure whether this is the effect of not being jammed into half a train seat by someone twice the size of me, but The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul seemed less funny but more absorbing than the first book. It helped that it included Norse gods, I think. I had no idea that Douglas Adams had tangled with them.

On the other hand, I don't really think that as much seemed to happen, somehow. Less plates seemed to be spinning. I think that was a good thing for the narrative, but it seemed to make the second book different in tone from the first... (And then I wonder if that was just because at no point did I have to stuff my Kindle back into a bag and run to get off a train because I was about to miss getting off at the correct station. I suspect I'm more influenced by the circumstances in which I read books than I realise.)

So... on some levels, I enjoyed this more than the first book, and on some levels, less. Quite an odd feeling.

I do like the nine tenths of the subconscious being given over to penguins.more
Very, very funny mystery. I liked this a little bit better than the first Dirk Gently book, probably because this had more of a coherent plot line. While it’s not as laugh-out-loud as the Hitchhiker’s series is, and that Dirk Gently is more of a prat, it’s still a very enjoyable read.more
I love Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency the best of any of Douglas Adams's books, so it's always disappointing when I follow up with The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. I always want it to be more of DG's HDA, but despite having the same character of Dirk Gently, it's almost a completely different type of book.You see, one of the things I liked about the first part of this pair is Dirk Gently being such a strange figure who does strange things, and the reader has no idea what to expect from him. Richard, the narrator of the other book, is the long-suffering straight man and Dirk is one of the people who pulls him around. But in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, our narrator is Dirk himself, and he becomes the long-suffering straight man that strange things happen to.I just don't think Dirk Gently has the same wild appeal when he's forced to be the narrator. As in the other book, there are secondary narrators - both the pragmatic women character - that offset the main point of view, but it works so much better for Richard than for Dirk. (On the other hand, if we didn't have him as a narrator, we wouldn't get the scenes of Dirk's waking habits, and his refrigerator, and the owl stalking him, and that'd be such a pity.)The plot of the book is fine and great, but every time I finish reading it, I just feel so disappointed with Dirk Gently as the narrator, like it would be so much better if he were acting on the narrator again, that I never really think much about the plot other than it sure does take place at night, and I love everything about Odin and the hospital where he lives.more
Douglas Adams has this way of finding the cosmic absurdities of the Universe and poking them with a stick. Never is this more true than in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. This time, it's the Norse gods on the chopping block of Adams' absurdity axe and he doesn't let up for a minute. And of course, we also have the wonderful, accidental genius of Dirk Gently, stumbling around in the dark and tripping right over the right answer. We have a large man in animal skins trying to fly to Norway with no passport, a deceased music writer with a very disturbed son in the attic, and an old man who loves to sleep who is in actuality the All-Father himself! How are all these seemingly random things connected? And how will Dirk stumble upon the answer this time? Best you find out for yourselves, don't want me spoiling the ending for you. Definitely a must-read for fans of Adams, Hitchhiker's, Norse mythology, and the absurdities of the modern world.more
"The explosion was now officially designated an "Act of God".But, thought Dirk, what god? And why?What god would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 flight to Oslo?" More Dirk Gently but this time Adams pushes playfully with the fantastical. Again much going on, many playful ideas, a lot of humour. It fact it seems a better book all round, if you can cope with a rushed ending. I presume he got bored, wandered off and someone else had to tie up some of the loose ends. It's all worth it though, the character of Dirk expands to fill the story and everywoman Kate carries the ludicrous occurrences as a straight women should. To do this day I still want to have a bath, as Kate does, that uses every single bath product I own and then wallow in it :) I may be overly nostalgic as in this I encountered some modern fantasy tropes here for the 1st time, the other world so closely linked to our own.. old immortal gods who are still with us and I still find it utterly refreshing whilst at the same time comforting. It can be read standalone and maybe a good book to try if you have run away in horror from his others. Highly recommended.more
It's Douglas Adams. You can't go wrong. I'd be lying if I said I was absolutely thrilled about how this one wraps up, but with story-telling this good, it hardly matters. Douglas Adams at his worst is miles above most other writers at their best.more
What is there to say? Another clever, crafty, weird, thoroughly enjoyable novel from Douglas Adams. I continue to like Dirk Gently more than the Hitchhiker series - there's something about old, cranky Norse gods who've sold their souls to humans living among us today (for example) that is even more ridiculous and wonderful than space ships and manic depressive robots (no offense).more
This sci/fi detective story has it all: Viking gods, goblins, exploding airports, and women turned into Coke Machines. Still, it doesn't come up to the level of Hitchhiker's Guide, but then, what can? It sparkles with wit and surprising plot twists, and, as usual, Adams assumes his audience is intelligent enough to understand the English language without having to move everything to monosyllabic words. And, as usual, his ending doesn't really wrap up everything; for instance, what happened to the eagle in Dirk's hallway? In the hands of a lesser artist, that could seem sloppy; in the hands of a master craftsman, it just sort of leaves you wanting more. In addition, the book is a quick and easy read, which is nice after a couple of real time eaters. I would recommend it to anyone with a quirky sense of humor and a true sense of the absurd.more
This is not Douglas Adams best work, but using that as a standard is not fair to this book. The setup may not be as good as his other books, but the characters, the situations they find themselves in, and their interaction are as witty as any of his other writing. This book is funny. The ideas and message are creative. This is an enjoyable read. Even if this was the only book Douglas Adams ever wrote, it would stand out for its uniqueness and wit.more
Another funny book by Douglas Adams, which had me snickering out loud every now and then. The Dirk Gently books are not as witty as the Hitchhiker's Guide, but they are both compulsory reads for fans of Adams' writing.more
"What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?"Very funny - this is a follow-up to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.more
I'm a great admirer of Douglas Adams, I need to say that up front. His ability to weave an intricate story that seems whimsical at first until you realize all the little strands are connected and point at Something Big (©) is unsurpassed. Nevertheless, this last excursion for Dirk Gently is a bit of a disappointment. It's not that his writing is off, that he does not characterize his protagonists well or is...well...boring. It's that the big picture is literally painted in the last few pages. And even then, after the big reveal, I'm left wondering what I missed.Anyway, you won't go wrong reading this book. And if it's your first Adams, you'll be in for even more awesome stuff once you sample his other works. But if this is not your inauguration, prepare to long for Vogons.more
The book has some cool passages and some of Douglas Adams' trademark wit and humor but there are some sections that you just have to plod though.more
Honestly, it irritates me when other people do not get the genius of the Dirk Gently books. I had some laughing fits with this one, and I will never look at Norse gods the same way again. I love you Douglas...wherever you are.more
It saddens me to say it, but Douglas Adams is a one trick pony. 'Hitch Hikers' was absolutely fantastic and one expects any comic writer to have a recognizable style but I found that I was ahead of the punch line too often.The story is, as one would expect, off the wall: Thor puts in an appearance in modern day Britain causing all sorts of problems for Dirk Gently and the few humans who can see him. It does have its humorous moments, and I would rate it higher were it not to be for the genius of HHG2G which makes this look pedestrian.more
Dirk gently is such a cool character, his strange approach to detective work and his obsession with proving the interconnectiveness of all things leads to so many chancces for humour, and Adams ofcourse pounces on ever single one. I really do prefer these to the hitchikers series, many would disagree, but read the dirk gently books and you will love them.more
It takes a brave man to move away from the series of books which made his name, and his fortune. But Douglas Adams had other stories to tell. This book is the second 'Dirk Gently', the adventures of the 'holistic' detective.The ideas that Adams explores in this book have a very 'Hitch Hikers' feel to them (suitably, warmly silly). And every time I take a trip to London I'm reminded of this book as I arrive in St. Pancras station. It's recently been restored to its former glory, and I love the idea that Douglas Adams would have revelled in the fact that it looks more like Valhalla than ever...more
This one starts out as though it's going to be better than the original 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' was, but ends on a low point. Overall a satisfying read, but it shouldn't be read by anyone who hasn't done Dirk Gently itself yet.Basically, it feels like Adams ran out of energy and just quit at the end, because it's a horrible, horrible ending. The rest is quite entertaining, however, particularly the crime scene at the house, and all scenes involving Thor. It's simply a fact: Douglas Adams was an incredible humorist and great at writing radio-play series, which need not always be aimed at a serious, concise ending. He just can't do endings or contained plots: he like big, rambling things full of dramatic and unexpected changes. Now, when the changes are so dramatic that they become unexpectable, or when the endings are too remote from the meat of the story to provide any satisfaction, then this becomes a problem.more
I still think of this as DNA's latest work even though it's some 20 years old now, it hasn't aged particularly well- I can't imagine a London in which it would be impossible to have pizza delivered.Not quite as funny as it could be, but still an amusing and quirky insight into the world, based on the simple premise: imortallity isn't just for a passing culture. The holistic private detective Dirk Gently is late for an appointment with one of his few clients. He is somewhat distressed to find the police present and his client deceased. The resulting broken nose leads to a chance encounter in a cafe with a nurse which in turn through the vagracies of Dirk's zen navigation style, leads to his meeting with Kate Schechter. Kate has been independantly tracing the obdurate gentleman who prevented her flying to Oslo shortly before the airport terminal exploded. Dirk's holisitc intrepation - meaning that all things in life are interconnected - leads him to the remarkable, but when you think about it totally correct conclusion that Sherlock Holmes was wrong. The impossible merely implies we haven't found all the knowledge available, wheras the improbable we can discount because we do generally know how people behave.Dirk has many annoying mannerisms, but his ability to draw conclusions from such wide ranging co-incidences makes every paragraph an exercise in trying to guess where the story might be going. Superb. Maybe not of the abstract of Hitchhikers, but for anyone who lives inthe UK a very worthy read.more
Part mystery novel, part puzzle, this novel bring us one again to Dirk Gently's world, where finally, his financial woes are over, until the somewhat crazy record producer who has him on retainer is beheaded one day in a locked room. Is is then that Dirk realizes that this man's lunatic ravings may have had some truth in them.Encountering Thor, the Norse god, as well as some other characters from Norse mythology, Dirk once again tries to find a holistic solution to the problem at hand.If you enjoyed Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, you're bound to enjoy this one.more
Dirk Gently returns in this "sequel" to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. I use the word sequel very loosely since the only similarity between the two is the character of Dirk Gently.I think Dirk is a brilliant character created by a comedic genius. Adams' is a master at fleshing out strange characters with thought patterns that don't reflect the rest of us. In his first novel, Dirk took on time paradoxes. Now he takes on Nordic gods, beheadings, and inexplicable explosions and disappearances. All while taking care of his fridge and searching for another pack of cigarettes.Worth the read if only to get a good laugh from Adams' patentable humor.more
He could not write something which was not funny- he is missed.more
A slightly funny little romp that ties in mythology. Adam's quirky wit is evident throughout the piece making for a very quick mildly enjoyable read.more
Odin has sold his power to an unethical couple and Dirk Gently and Kate need to sort it out. Various surreal goings on including a fighter aeroplane turned into a ( very cross) eagle and a young woman transformed into a drinks machine. Although funny I found it vaguely unsatisfactory and the ending confusing and a bit of a let down. Tom Holt does it better.An OK book.more
Dirk Gently rides again. I think this is Adam's worst novel. It shambles around with Nordic gods and demonic contracts, like a third rate pagan Master and Margarita. In this book Immortal gods can get old and die, Odin is now in a rest home, Thor has gone postal and Dirk's ex-assistant has been turned into a Coke machine, all very uninspired, and not very funny. Terry Pratchett covers the same ground far more entertainingly.more
Hysterically funny. I have rarely laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. Especially humorous if you have any knowledge at all of Norse mythology. Right up there with the best of Terry Pratchett.more
This book was fantastic! It was a unique and quirky theological mystery which i enjoyed immensely. Adams has a great style and i loved his portrayal of the Norse Pantheon in their seeming "twilight years" so to speak. I was given this book by a friend who thought that I would enjoy it, and I must say that I'm excited to read more of Adams' work, especially the first Dirk Gently novel and the Hitchhiker books.more
An interesting blend of detective story and fantasy. I found the book quite entertaining but not nearly as brilliant as the Hitchhiker's Guide. I was left puzzling as to why that is. This is what I came up with: What I like about the book is Douglas Adams' extremely witty style of writing. What I don't like is the story. While the Hitchhiker's Guide is wholly escapist, almost entirely set off this planet so remarkably removed very early on, the Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul tries to blend magic and London. Just not my cup of tea. Maybe Harry Potter spoiled that combination for me.Still, Douglas Adams' writing shines and makes for some good entertainment. Three stars.more
I bought this at the National Airport bookstore, and began it on the plane. The opening sentence is "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport.' Serendipity made it just that much more hilarious.more
An entertaining read. Not as good as Hitchhikers, but still enjoyable.more
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