It's refreshing to read Douglas Adams and his bizarre sense of story. From seemingly random story lines in the beginning, they all come together in the end...sort of. I'm not sure I understand it all, but time-travelling tends to do that to you. Anyway, a nice, funny, Douglas Adams read.
This story starts off on several tangents, then towards the last quarter of the book, braids together. It may be hard going at first, and I admit, I had to go back to re-read subtle clues I previously missed, but is a fine read. Douglas Adams not only wrote the Hitchhiker books, but he also wrote scripts for Tom Baker's Dr. Who.
A very good detective story, though the author tends to ramble on, in places. I was completely duped into following the "obvious" mystery, when everything did a complete flip, and Dirk brought out out the REAL problem. If you stopped reading Adams' books after Hitchhiker's Guide, you would enjoy getting back into the craziness of Dirk Gently.
Marguerite S. reviewed Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on
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Douglas Adams does it again with a storyline as surreal as The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Dirk Gently solves the mystery of the sofa stuck in the hallway and the psychotic homicidal ghost alien that wants to go back in time to correct the mistake that created life on this planet. He also is looking for an old lady's missing cat. A good read.
Solving all the parts of a mystery is quite important to Dirk Gently. A mystery can't be considered properly solved until all the loose ends are tied up in a neat little bow, and if complications occur along the way, that's just what happens in life.
I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I read it because it is on the list of "1,001 Books to read before you die". I was skeptical because very often I disagree with "critics" in that I do not look for political statements or rhetoric against the human race, etc. etc.-but I do enjoy books that make me think, move me, scare me or just purely entertain me. This was very entertaining. It was quite strange and in the first few chapters, I was not sure-but it really hooked me and became hard to put down. I'm not sure I would go so far as to say it is vital to read before you die-but it is fun reading and quite unique!
Honestly, I didn't enjoy this book at all. I have read the entire Hitchhiker's Guide (loved it!) as well as The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (pretty good), but just could not get into this one at all. It does end up having a decent plot, but the book just drags on and wasn't worth the time it took to read.
From the back cover: There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time-traveller, AND...the devastating secret of humankind!
After all the sad stuff I've been reading, I needed something funny. I didn't like this as much as the Hitchhiker series, but it was kind of funny. It took awhile for me to get the characters straight, maybe that was the big difference. I already knew the Hitchhiker crew from the Commodore 64 computer game! Now that I know the characters, I will probably order the second book at some point.
Mark S. reviewed Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on
I'm a big fan of Adams. i met him on the set of Mike Douglas years ago. The best part of the show was during comercial breaks. The man is absolutely hilareous. I don't think he could help it. This book though, left me in the dirt. I just never was able to get onboard. I was dissapointed in that British humor is usually juvinile; very easy to follow and rather like Benny Hill. It's good for a chuckle but certainly not difficult. I could never get into this one. Not sure why. I tried. G-d knows I tried. Nuthin'
I you think that the Hitchhiker series is far out, you havent read this book. Its so far out no one knows what it really is. Step aside, Twilight Zone this is the most convoluted sci-fi tale ever dreamed up. Adams makes Ray Bradbury seem like a novice. Im not sure who is the madder, Adams, or his publisher. This book has everything that makes no sense. The last page contains an ominous warning. Rather than say The End, it says to be continued. Makes the reader shudder, doesnt it?