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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1998

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671746723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671746728
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,279,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, England in 1952. He has written for radio, television and theater and has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, radio producer, and script editor. His bestsellers include "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," and "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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An amazing novel by probably the best science-fiction comedy writer of all time. This review is alas, however, for the Kindle edition, which is riddled with errors brought about by its direct OCR translation to digital format, which evidently never underwent anything as elaborate as a once-over proofread before it was released.

Some of these errors diminished understanding of the text altogether. For example, at a pivotal point during the novel, "a book fell out of the pocket" reads "a hook fell out of the pocket," in this edition. The non sequitur caused a cognitive paradox which tore the fabric of the universe around it, and kept me awake for an hour researching wherefore a hook should fall out of any bloody pocket in this novel in the first place.
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After having read Adams's 'Hitchhiker' series, I then wished to read the recently published posthumous compilation of his works, 'The Salmon of Doubt'. Yet after viewing the back of that particular book, I realised that I would benefit from reading his two preceding Dirk Gently novels beforehand. The first, 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency', is hilariously written, with characters that compliment each other perfectly. Dirk Gently himself outranks Sherlock Holmes and Dick Tracy, in every manner but conventionality of methods, and it is his theory of the 'interconnectedness' of all things that gives the entire novel its sharp and refreshing originality. If read over a prolonged period, the ending may prove a little confusing; but if closely followed, the intelligent climax will be appreciated. Read this book, then read the others!
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is yet another example of the genius that brought us the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. A plot line with as many twists as...something twisty, and as much chaos as the average family household. It's filled with Adams-esque humour, which is subtle enough not to look silly and obvious enough that even *I* get most of the jokes ;o).
Most people see the Dirk Gently novels as secondary to the Hitchhikers series, but in my opinion they approach, and in some places exceed, Hitchhikers. There is something endearing about Dirk Gently, perhaps it's his oddness that most of us can relate to in some way.
If you like slightly insane humour, or any of Adam's other works (which include several Dr. Who scripts as well as the hugely popular Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), you should definitely read this book!
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Obviously the name Douglas Adams is always going to mean 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', but for those who have only got that far, there are even greater delights to be found between the covers of 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency'.
Few books can survive multiple readings, but 'Dirk Gently's...' is one of them. The more you read it, the more there is and the more you realise what a genius Adams was.
It's not worth outlining the story or picking illustrations of the writing, suffice to say that this book is quite simply Adams at his brilliant best.
Buy it and read it until it falls apart. Then buy it again. You will NOT be disappointed.
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As a novelist the only time Douglas Adams managed to break free of his Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy universe was with his two Dirk Gently novels, of which this is the first. One’s appreciation of this novel will ultimately depend on whether or not you are familiar with Douglas Adams’ work as a scriptwriter for Doctor Who in the late 70’s. If you are not (though for heavens sake why not?) you can instantly add another star to the rating I have given this book, as this novel is an amusing and intelligent read. As with Hitch-Hikers, Douglas Adams is still firmly in comic science fiction mode, and Dirk himself is a hilarious character, a detective who’s insane methods bizarrely seem to have successful results. The only slight quibble here is that Adams seems to be much better at introducing his many ideas (over a third of the novel is gone in a blizzard of Oxford dons, mathematical music, Electric Monks, and a wandering ghost, before Dirk himself is even introduced) than bringing them to a satisfying conclusion (the ultimate dramatic threat of the extinction of humanity is finally raised and instantly resolved in a couple of pages in a very anti-climactic fashion), but as fractured and bitty as this novel is there is plenty to enjoy.
However, while it may all seem fresh and new to some readers, for those familiar with Douglas Adams work on Doctor Who this novel will ultimately turn out to be a rather unsatisfying re-hash of old material.
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This book is, erm, very Douglas Adams!

I'm a fan of Hitchhikers Guide, and also enjoyed the TV adaptation of Dirk Gently starring Stephen Mangan. so when this came up as a recommendation I thought I'd give it a try. It's very disjointed to start, and seems to take a long time to get going. Perhaps the only bad thing about a Kindle is seeing at the bottom of the screen how far through the book you are... I was 50% through before Dirk even came into the frame! It felt more like in Life, The Universe and Everything, where the Guide seemed to lose its way too. It did, however, pick up very quickly, and was much more like the sharp humour of the first two Hitchhikers books. If you're expecting the same as The Guide, you may be disappointed, but if you pick it up with a clear head, you'll enjoy once it picks up.

Overall an enjoyable read, but I'm not sure it's one I'll be reaching for again any time soon.
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