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So pick this one up and give it a read. Filed under detective fiction , Douglas Adams , fantasy , fiction , gods , humor.

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Tagged as book reviews , detective fiction , Douglas Adams , gods , humor , murder. I agree. While I have read the Hitchhikers books more times than I can count and will continue to do so for the rest of my life, the Gently novels are also fascinating in a different way — there is more story in them, though less random humour. The suspense is also really enjoyable. Wish Douglas Adams had lived to write more. You are commenting using your WordPress.


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Name required. Audible Partnership. Search for:. Come tell me what you think Is this: a A great podcast, or b The greatest podcast? I had to re-read this because I'm insane but I'm happy to be so because I still loved it. Total truth time: it's not quite as funny or as sharp in the individual zinger lines as Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency , but the long-running story gags are fantastically wicked and cruel and even profoundly sad.

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It's also more of an adventure tale for Dirk later on, but primarily, it's all a mystery. Sometimes, the plot is as much of a mystery, too, but I don't care. The novel is brilliant and creative and so darkly funny. It's enough to make me despair for modern literature, and this came out in '88! Here's another awesome tidbit. It's the novel that I first thought of when I first read American Gods. All the greatness of seeing Odin on the page or Thor blowing up an airport is all here and the characterizations are brilliant. Can I even say that it's even more brilliant after knowing the legends much better?

You bet I can! I read this when I was 14 years old the first time and let's be frank I didn't know crap. I learned most of what I knew about Thor from this book and the fact that there was some silly Marvel comic that I wasn't even tempted to read was about it. And now? Soooooo Nice! It's a bit more erudite than I expected it to be.

Do I love eagles even more now? You bet! Am I even more annoyed with Yuppies?

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Do I want to run out and get some count sheets and snuggle in them, perhaps get an eyepatch and avoid big strapping men with hammers? Poor Dirk. I have to admit that his Horoscope is always dead-on. I still wonder just how amazingly cool it could have been to have a full bookcase full of these and point to it as the most amazing thing EVAH. Douglas Adams was one of them.

View all 24 comments. May 23, J. And the randomness, quirkiness and interesting meditations of Douglas Adams's detective, Dirk Gently, matches the tone set by that title. Definitely a different take on Thor than you'll see in the superhero movies. In that respect, there's a commonality with Adams' more famous Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Getting to the restaurant at the end of the universe, for instance, is more 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.

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View 2 comments. 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 horo This is the second book about Dirk Gently, the holistic private investigator. 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 more 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? Throughout the book there are hilarious moments, classics of the comedy genre. Like when Kate is at Heathrow in the very beginning. Or how Kate often gets revenge for not having a pizza delivery service in London.

In fact, her interaction with view spoiler [Thor hide spoiler ] in general.

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Or how Dirk gets his Jaguar from the mechanic see below. Or how view spoiler [a certain couple got what they had coming hide spoiler ] at the very end of the book. I was once again involuntarily attracting a lot of attention on my commute home when I burst out laughing on several occasions. He noticed that the mechanic's pick-up truck was standing nearby with its engine still running, and elected to make off with this instead.

Being a slightly less slow and cumbersome runner than the mechanic he was able to put this plan into operation with a minimum of difficulty. He swung out into the lane, drove off into the night and parked three miles down the road. He left the van's lights on, let down its tyres, and hid himself behind a tree. After about ten minutes his Jaguar came hurtling round the corner, passed the van, hauled itself to an abrupt halt and reversed wildly back towards it.

The mechanic threw open the door, leapt out and hurried over to reclaim his property, leaving Dirk with the opportunity he needed to leap from behind the tree and reclaim his own. He spun his wheels pointedly and drove off in a kind of grim triumph, Or this little gem: An "Act of God".

Merely a chance, careless phrase by which people were able to dispose conveniently of awkward phenomena that would admit of no more rational explanation. But it was the chance carelessness of it which particularly appealed to Dirk because words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through. One thing was scary: the lawyer? The whole time I read the speech he gave Dirk I kept hearing Donald Trump you know, the pronunciation, the repetition, "the greatest", Nevertheless, despite such golden moments of comedy and the fact that view spoiler [Norse gods my second favourite canon hide spoiler ] were in this, I didn't love this as much as the first book.

Maybe it was because Dirk wasn't on top of his game and I kept screaming at him internally that he had already noticed the significant bits, just subconsciously. Or because although there were sharp observations in this as well, they weren't as sharp or as numerous as in the first book. I don't know. However, those are also very strong emotions the book invoked and the writing style was once again top notch and very engaging, the characters all quirky and realistic though or especially because extremely whacky.


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Before writing this review, I intended to "only" give this 4 stars to mark the difference between this and the previous volume. However, now that I've gathered my thoughts for this review, I think that would be an injustice - the first one was perfection from start to finish, this one was "only" but still excellent after all. Thus, I'm giving it 5 stars yet again, because I'm a solid Douglas Adams fangirl now and it is clear that I love Dirk Gently and am thoroughly saddened by how soon the series has had to come to an end.

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