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 3:37 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…
Dirk Gently – Book 2. It was my second read of this wondrous creation, and it was just as whimsical and eccentric as the first time round.
It’s been a few years, so I had pleasantly forgotten the details of Douglas Adams’ whimsy. If you read my review of the first book, you’ll see how I feel about the man in general.
This book had, as important plot points, a refrigerator, homeless people, a check in desk, a vending machine, a huge eagle with concentric circle patterns, a hot potato, and Norway flight tickets.
It is insane and the entire story is insane yet perfectly acceptable in terms of logical explanation. It is absolutely lovely. I have nothing else to say while reviewing his books. I will just keep saying they’re lovely and insane and you have to read them.
A review of Douglas Adams’ books seems like a genuine disservice. How do you review his books? You just read them and be happy you were born after he wrote the books, so you could read what he wrote for the world.
Forget reviewing, if I could write even 1% as well as Douglas Adams, I would consider myself to be a fantastic writer. He is in a genre of his own, I wouldn’t even know how to categorize his works.
This is why every time I attempt to review a Douglas Adams book it turns into admiration and platitudes. So this is my review of The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. What a wonderful title.