Funnier than Psycho... more chilling than Jeeves Takes Charge ... shorter than War and Peace... the new Dirk Gently novel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
The same, random, bizarre and genuinely funny humour from the writer of 'The HitchHikers Guide To the Galaxy' and while not as hysterical, incisive or purely brilliant as that series, is still a fantastic, and not wholly light-hearted piece of fiction.
The book follows Dirk Gently who runs his very own holistic detective agency. Without wanting to spoil any of the surprises and twists that await you I'll just mention that the book really begins when a check-in desk at Heathrow Airport is engulfed in a ball of flames. This, remember, is where it begins - if you tried to guess where it ends I can assure you that you'd be wrong. Throughout the book Adams writes in very readable style, managing to sew the plot together well.
It occurs to me that if you're a Monty Python fan then you'll love this book. Alas, I only wish we'd studied books like this in school.
Meanwhile, Dirk Gently has hit a low. He has almost no money and no clients. Except the one he's forgotten about who promptly gets himself killed. Now Dirk feels responsible for not taking this guy's claims serious and wants to track down the green eyed monster. As if that weren't enough, he and his cleaning lady are having a war over who will open his fridge first, an out of order soda machine keeps appearing and disappearing, and he's being stalked by an eagle. What these seemingly unrelated events have to do with each other provides plenty of wacky entertainment.
I am still only mildly familiar with the books of Douglas Adams, and I simply must correct that. This fantasy novel was wonderfully strange and entertaining. The opening bits about the airport and Kate's trip had me laughing out loud. The laughs slowed down over the course of the book, but they were still plentiful. Maybe it's my normal reading of mysteries, but my only real complaint was an ending that was really more confusing then enlightening of what had gone on before.
This is a wonderful title sure to entertain. I must move more of his books higher up my to be read pile.
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