Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency / The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul

Meet Dirk Gently, super sleuth universe class detective extraordinaire From the author of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, here are two novels featuring the intergalactic P.I Includes Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul.
Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency The Long Dark Tea time of the Soul Meet Dirk Gently super sleuth universe class detective extraordinaire From the author of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy here are two novels featuring the intergalactic P I Includes Dirk Gently

  • Title: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency / The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul
  • Author: Douglas Adams
  • ISBN: 9780517119129
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency / The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul”

    1. It is a real shame that Mr Adams has stopped writing. Owing to his abscense of a belief in the afterlife, we cannot, in all probability, expect any future Douglas Adams novels; but this is a natural consequence of the fact that he is now, in fact, quite dead. But his books are still very funny and, if you run across it cheap, you should get a copy of him reading his books.

    2. I suppose it's some of the ideas that I have enjoyed most in Adams' books. In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency the ghost leaving a voicemail message, the sofa stuck in the stairwell, the professor using his space and time travel machine to try and amuse a child at a formal dinner.At best the ideas can be so funny that you can ignore the plot which can become safely incidental (view spoiler)[ or an allowable weakness as I might say if I was feeling unaccountably technical one fine day(hide [...]

    3. Wow, I remember Hitchhiker's Guide being difficult to read, but this was nearly impossible. I only finished it because it was a book club book! The first half is disjointed, confusing, and does not inspire you to care about any of the characters (and there are many). They begin to intersect with each other about halfway through, when the title character is introduced, but things don't improve much. Don't bother unless you're a big Douglas Adams fan!

    4. I could not finish this. The clever and witty circumlocution was killing me. It's like getting in a car and wanting to go somewhere but the driver keeps talking and missing his exit. Well written, just not my thing.

    5. Two great books with one awesome character that I may need to be for Halloween for another obscure unknown costume.

    6. "Why haven't I heard of this book before? I mean, he's written Hitchhiker's!" You may have asked yourself this question before, and the answer is because this book isn't within the same league as THHGTTG. It's not even within the same solar system (I know they're different units of measurement, but you know what I mean) the main point is that the two Dirk Gently books are a huge letdown.Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is largely forgettable sluiced with vague annoyance and a strong urge [...]

    7. I was first given a copy of The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul to read many, many years ago. It was great but when I noticed that it was the second in a series I was a little surprised I hadn't been given the first one to read. Now, I think I understand why. Douglas Adams is often compared with Terry Pratchett but it's a very lazy comparison. Both authors wrote a very British kind of comic speculative fiction at the end of the twentieth century but there, arguably, the similarities cease.Where P [...]

    8. This omnibus consists of two stories centered on the holistic detective Dirk Gently. The first of these involves an electric monk: a labour saving device designed to believe things so that humans can get on with living. It also involves time travel, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (beautifully intertwined into the narrative in Chapter 6. Of the two stories this is definitely the better one, with more humour and better writing: it was hard to put down. However, the there was a nagging sensation [...]

    9. Dirk Gently what can I say about Dirk Gently well, to be honest, I read this book only because it was written by Douglas Adams. As a huge fan of h2g2, I was expecting something awesome.What I got was okay. Not awesome, perhaps great, definitely okay. There are aspects of Dirk Gently that I find appealing. I enjoyed the geometric conundrum of the sofa, and the Electric Monk, but found other parts a little too bizarre to be enjoyable.Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course. We are [...]

    10. 1) The Holistic Agency introduces us to Dirk Gently. He believes that his cases are solved holistically in all areas. We follow him as he unravels a case involving Samuel Coleridge, ghosts, time travel, horses, and couches. 2) Dirk gets involved with a case that involves a missing girl, Thor and the gods, a Coke machine, and advertisersVery quirky and a little hard to understand at first, but very delightful to read. The author has a great turn of phrase.Examples: "Reg was having difficulty in f [...]

    11. Don't come into this expecting the same level of enjoyment as the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.Consisting of two novels, overall they were an enjoyable reads. They had the signs of Douglas Adams' humour, complete with anamorphic objects and events. The story back drop is set in London and area and has the side effect of being written very british - notable particularly in the dialogue. At times I got the impression that though this was a Douglas Adams story, I felt like it had been written b [...]

    12. Not my favorite Douglas Adams workI was extra interested in reading these books after barely liking the tv series. My frustration with both comes down to Dirk Gently. I much preferred the character as a main character in the 2nd book. When I think back on the first book, I see how he came in about the right time, but he brought this sense of chaos that made me dread whatever insanity was going to drag the story along. Characters don't have to be likeable, but I can't get over not liking Dirk Gen [...]

    13. The First Novel (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) - ***:Funny in parts, but never draws you in. The interconnectedness of all things makes for seamingly unconnected chapters and characters. Only when the mystery is solved is it clear how everything is connected. Nowhere near as good and funny as the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy.The Second Novel (The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul) - **:After the first Dirk Gently novel you know what you are getting yourself into, and that things will [...]

    14. For the first time, again.There is nothing, or mostly nothing, that can't be seen again after a considerable passage of time as if seen for the first time. It's not that it's startlingly new,because there's the lingering image from the first encounter,although faint and growing fainter by the day. The fainting image forms a weak template so that the reader.or at least this reader, has an interesting experience such as "funny, I didn't notice that before" or "so that's how it worked" to "nah, not [...]

    15. It was ok, but I must say that I don't find it particularly easy to read, so it's not pure entertainment, because I have to pay attention all the way trough the book. Moreover, I prefer the first novel to the second, even if there are Odin and Thor in the second one!Due belle storie, ma non particolarmente facili da leggere perché bisogna stare attenti tutto il tempo, quindi non proprio una lettura da ombrellone. Inoltre la prima storia mi é piaciuta piú della seconda, nonostante in questa fo [...]

    16. I feel like three stars is being stingy. This is a well-written book; it just either isn't my thing or I wasn't in the mood for it. I found myself only reading when I went to bed (a sure sign I'm bored with a book), and I never really felt connected to the characters. The humor is dry, but is definitely there. If you like stories about existential crises approached with humor, you will probably enjoy this story.

    17. Quirky but a great readThese two books together were a really good and fun read. The mystery was more in how does the story come together than a true mystery. I enjoyed every second of the stories and found the plots very enticing. Highly recommend this for anyone who loves Douglas Adams writing.

    18. Before American Gods there was this.Douglas Adams was one of the best writers of his generation. Most famous for his "Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy" he nevertheless also wrote two classy, witty and weird books about holistic detective Dirk Gently And it's a pity there are only two of them. Sigh.

    19. Enjoyable writing style and great humor, but the endings were neither satisfying nor did they make any sense. Some segments went on for too long. (I didn't need three entire pages of Thor throwing his hammer around and making noise, to no effect.)

    20. I'm quite a fan of Douglas Adams, but I thought that both of the stories in this collection were quite weak. They bumble along good-heartedly, then the end happens, with no real solution to the problem presented, just a sort of "It happens offscreen" feeling.

    21. A bit weird. Near the end of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul the Dracott character brings to mind Donald Trump and Toe Rag could certainly be Steve Bannon.

    22. So odd. But rather enjoyable! Never sure what to make of the main character, but as they say, all's well that ends well!

    23. Honestly, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency gets a 5, with 1 star knocked off the collection because The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul wasn't as amazing.

    24. More structure and plot than Hitchhiker, it felt more like Pratchett and less like Python, and had me laughing out loud at parts.

    25. Deep, dark and deliciously funny. A holistic whodunit in Douglas Adams' inimitable style. Great fun!

    26. Douglas Adams fanI live the strange and obscure. I especially like that he picked Norse mythology for this series. Its interesting that Neil Gaiman does the same.

    27. GreatGreat story with wonderful way of visualizing events. Adams mind works in such a wonderful way to keep you excited for more.

    28. Have saw the serial and the movies and read the books individually and as omnibus and different sets, hardback, still in my library, says a lot. Date wrong, just saw it to review.

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