The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Chapter 1. It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression "as pretty. Beloved, bumbling Detective Dirk Gently returns in this standalone novel from Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction . Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. "The British author of the Hitchhiker trilogy and other immensely popular lunacies, Adams permits no whiff of.
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Yes, I'm a fairly big SF fan, but I've always felt that unless we're talking about something absolutely timeless, comedy works best when highlighting and satirising the absurdity of everyday, "realistic" people and concerns. You bet I can! Your instinct is to say, 'Yes, but he or she simply wouldn't do that. Is it really possible that a blast in Heathrow T2 is an "Act of God" or is it just a neat and come-in-handy clause in the insurance policy? In fact I went back a few pages to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
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An "Act of God". Merely a chance, careless phrase by which people were able to dispose conveniently of awkward phenomena that would admit of no more rational explanation. But it was the chance carelessness of it which particularly appealed to Dirk because words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.
One thing was scary: The whole time I read the speech he gave Dirk I kept hearing Donald Trump you know, the pronunciation, the repetition, "the greatest", Nevertheless, despite such golden moments of comedy and the fact that view spoiler [Norse gods my second favourite canon hide spoiler ] were in this, I didn't love this as much as the first book. Maybe it was because Dirk wasn't on top of his game and I kept screaming at him internally that he had already noticed the significant bits, just subconsciously.
Or because although there were sharp observations in this as well, they weren't as sharp or as numerous as in the first book. I don't know. However, those are also very strong emotions the book invoked and the writing style was once again top notch and very engaging, the characters all quirky and realistic though or especially because extremely whacky.
Before writing this review, I intended to "only" give this 4 stars to mark the difference between this and the previous volume. However, now that I've gathered my thoughts for this review, I think that would be an injustice - the first one was perfection from start to finish, this one was "only" but still excellent after all.
Thus, I'm giving it 5 stars yet again, because I'm a solid Douglas Adams fangirl now and it is clear that I love Dirk Gently and am thoroughly saddened by how soon the series has had to come to an end. I'll definitely finish this up by also reading the "3rd" actually just a collection of what Douglas Adams had prepared for a third novel plus some other bits and pieces he might have turned into books had he not died much too soon.
View all 30 comments. Nov 19, Robin Bridge Four rated it liked it Shelves: There are some great things in this. There is Dirk who is a funny and severely quirky character who is often very creative in his role as a holistic detective. I really do laugh at the odd way in which he sees the world and interacts with it. The results were more often surprising than successful, but he felt it was worth it for the sake of the few occasions when it was both. He knew that he was perfectly safe doing this because she would simply not be able to believe that this had happened.
He sat sipping at the lukewarm cup and casting his mind back over the day. Thor having performance issues was entertaining as was Kate trying to figure out why right after she left the ticketing gate at Heathrow Airport did it blow un and what is with all the penguins in her subconscious.
She had heard it said that humans are supposed only to use about a tenth of their brains, and that no one was really clear what the other nine tenths were for, but she had certainly never heard it suggested that they were used for storing penguins. View all 5 comments. Why bother to add another one to the masses? You don't need me to tell you to read this book, if you've gotten this far you're either already a fan of Adams or like me you picked it up because of the moody title and should have now found out that it's a sequel to the original Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
Fear not, you don't really need to have read the other one to enjoy this additional piece of absurdity from Douglas Adams. Instead I'll make five points 20, ratings, reviews?
Instead I'll make five points about the second Dirk Gently if I may. I've read this book more than any other Douglas Adams book. This is my good friend Emily's favourite ever book; she loves it so much that she judges people by whether they have it on their bookshelf or not, whether they've even read it and most importantly how much they enjoyed it. Happily I still enjoyed this book, my friendship with Emily is safe.
So good was his performance that I read through this book today and could only imagine him as Dirk, as if Adams wrote it with him in mind impossible but Dirk doesn't have any problems with impossible, as long as he can find out how it's done. Written in apparently pizza was not delivered in the UK at this time. The horror! I cannot imagine a world where you can't get pizza delivered. No wonder Pizza Hut was such a big thing when it opened in my town as a child. Combining the content of this novel and the fact that he wrote Don't Panic: And there you have it, another collection of words written about this book on GR.
Well worth reading. View 2 comments. Jun 07, Cyndi rated it liked it. I love Douglas Adams but this book missed the mark a wee bit for me. Although the stuff with the gods was fun I'm not sure how much help Dirk was and the ending was a little abrupt.
But otherwise, there were some funny parts. View all 3 comments. Douglas Adams fans. On the sentence level, Adams is still writing furiously funny jokes, but The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul ends up feeling like first-class humor wrapped loosely around second-class plot and characters. Adams has been accused of writing punchlines rather than plots, and it shows in this book perhaps more so than anywhere else.
I also thought the book's flow suffered greatly in p Unfortunately, Adams' sequel to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency isn't as tightly-written as its predecessor. I also thought the book's flow suffered greatly in places, with important scenes not having enough space devoted to their development especially in the last few pages, such as the Valhalla scene.
In addition, Dirk Gently's "fundamental interconnectedness" approach to investigation--where everything is important because it's linked to everything else--is still present here, but the linked items don't line up as neatly as they did in the first book. I also found the conclusion lacking: I turned the page and, when there was nothing else to read, said aloud, "That's it? View all 4 comments. Apr 12, Mohamed rated it liked it. This is very hard for me, you know? I love Douglas Adams; I adore his phrasing, his word structure, and how he manages to make things seem funny,ridiculous, menacing or heartbreaking.
I've loved the Hitchhiker books, and he continues to be one of the writers I care for quite immensely. So, I thought I was going to love it, and I did! But then I came to the last few chapters, and it seems like someone was on Adams's case, asking him to finish the damn book.
The whole thing seems hurried, with characters jumping around and events taking place so fast that you couldn't even tell what had happened until you've read it again. His randomness, which is endearing when used carefully, is tossed about everywhere, as he ties up every single loose end in a matter of a few paragraphs. I won't lie; I felt cheated by the end of this book, and I don't like to be cheated.
Oct 09, Jerzy rated it really liked it. Lots of hilarious moments, though the pacing's not quite up to the level set in the first Dirk Gently book. The ending especially feels rushed - he spends a long time building up this fantastic web of complexity, and then rips it down with a climax and ending that together are barely longer than "But it all worked out okay in the end. How often have you been presented with an apparently rational explanation of something that works in all respects other than one, which is just that it is hopelessly improbable?
Your instinct is to say, 'Yes, but he or she simply wouldn't do that. The idea that she is somehow receiving yesterday's stock market prices apparently out of thin air is merely impossible, and therefore must be the case, because the idea that she is maintaining an immensely complex and laborious hoax of no benefit to herself is hopelessly improbable.
The first idea merely supposes that there is something we don't know about, and God knows there are enough of those. The second, however, runs contrary to something fundamental and human which we do know about.
We should therefore be very suspicious of it and all its specious rationality. Stay open-minded, because there's a lot we don't know about.
May 26, Harry Kane rated it it was amazing. I have yet to see or hear a coherent explanation why American Gods breaks records, whereas this gem, which even Gaiman himself I think would agree is in quite a higher league, never did make a splash. Just because it's not set in America? That would be pathetic. Recommended to Iophil by: Ma la verve e l'assurdo umorismo di Adams ben si prestano a una lettura in compagnia: Siete avvisati.
Purtroppo ho trovato che in questo caso l'autore si sia fatto prendere troppo la mano, lasciando il lettore totalmente spaesato fino alle ultimissime pagine anzi, anche oltre Ma questo ha reso la prima un po' troppo ostica, per essere considerata totalmente piacevole. Se apprezzate quelli, potrete trovare qualcosa di positivo anche in questo libro. Altrimenti rivolgetevi altrove: Jan 13, Madeline rated it really liked it Shelves: Once again, rather than attempt to describe the latest of holistic detective Dirk Gently's adventures, I will instead present a selection of completely random quotes from the book.
They really have nothing to do with each other, but I like them. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special effort.
This ugliness ari Once again, rather than attempt to describe the latest of holistic detective Dirk Gently's adventures, I will instead present a selection of completely random quotes from the book. This ugliness arises because airports are full of people who are tired, cross, and have just discovered that their luggage has landed in Murmansk Murmansk airport is the only known exception to this otherwise infallible rule , and architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their designs.
This was largely because of his 'Zen' method of navigation, which was simply to find any car that looked as if it knew where it was going and follow it. It was a little like phoning somebody up, and saying 'Yes? Shine on, you crazy diamond.
View 1 comment. Aug 12, John Wiswell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fantasy readers, sci fi readers, theology readers, humor readers. Adams' bizarre book is more of an adventure than a mystery, and more of a picaresque than an adventure. It's true, this plot wanders and is flimsy at times, but Adams always makes up for it with clever insights and hilarious jokes.
Minor events mushroom at the end to unexpected relevance, a very bold literary move that would be a sign of laziness if these moves didn't work and we didn't recognize Adams' competence as a writer from the execution of his humor throughout.
Fantasy readers and Adams' Adams' bizarre book is more of an adventure than a mystery, and more of a picaresque than an adventure. Fantasy readers and Adams' fans will have an easier time with some of the leaps in logic such as what happens to a god when nobody believes in it , and most readers shouldn't expect a hardline plot after the first hundred pages of inaction and wild action.
You go along with Adams because of his creativity, exhibited in such things as derogatory horoscopes, depressed deities and a philosophical calculater.
His writing style is so absurd that, unless you don't hitch onto the entertainment value and profound ramifications, you ought to appreciate the absurd plotting that works as its product. Jan 29, Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing. If this title does not speak to you, then perhaps this book is not for you. I loved it. Jan 05, Jacob Overmark rated it liked it Shelves: A hot potato, a new fridge - hand delivered from the black market - and a severed head on a record player. Dirk Gently is on a new assignment, or so it seems.
Is it really possible that a blast in Heathrow T2 is an "Act of God" or is it just a neat and come-in-handy clause in the insurance policy? Is it true that you cant get a pack of cigarettes after sunset anywhere in London and St Pancras Station resembles Valhalla? Have the old Norse Gods sold out, or been caught in a hostile takeover? And as A hot potato, a new fridge - hand delivered from the black market - and a severed head on a record player.
And as if these questions are not properly holistic, what about the infamous man with the scythe and all the eagles? The truth is out there with the Coca Cola vending machine and loads of fresh crispy white bedlinen of the absolutely best quality.
Please have your ticket and passport ready, or you will not be allowed on the plane. This is for you who want to believe - to everyone else its pages of psychobabble. Aug 30, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: Adams addiction to mocking the every day mundane and inane just really tickles me. Like, every single time, I'm laughing at simple irreverence. I feel like Adams was the type of man that you really wanted to avoid slightly annoying because you would end up in one of his books, in a section about bistro math, or how no culture has the term "pretty as an airport.
Als Adams addiction to mocking the every day mundane and inane just really tickles me. Also, Britain, do you seriously not get pizza delivered? I mean, really? What century is this even? Sep 26, F. The reason for that is simple — you get more Dirk for your pound!
A man with whom he has fundamental differences on the subject of eliminating the impossible. Like Holmes he seems to be asexual, with a love of clutter and a great deal of esoteric information at his fingertips. Oct 29, Kandice rated it liked it. Dirk Gently is a "holistic detective" who makes use of "the fundamental interconnectedness of all things" to solve the whole crime, and find the whole person.
He bills for everything but claims that he cannot be considered to have ripped anybody off, because none of his clients ever pay him. I can't speak for the first book, since I read out of order, but he certainly doesn't get paid in this one.
I so wanted to give this book five stars. I love Douglas Adams' humor, and his Hitchhiker's series w Dirk Gently is a "holistic detective" who makes use of "the fundamental interconnectedness of all things" to solve the whole crime, and find the whole person. I love Douglas Adams' humor, and his Hitchhiker's series will always be one of my favorites and a go-to. This, however, fell flat after the first half. The set up was pure Adams' British humor.
Ridiculousness for ridiculousness' sake, but then when we get to a point where things must be explained it just falls apart. It seems the Dirk books are about seemingly unconnected narrative threads eventually meeting up and becoming connected, but that didn't happen here. There is an ending of sorts. This was about Thor and Odin, Norse Gods, who have been misplaced and have lost, not only their powers, but also their marbles! Adams attempt to pull the threads together simply caused more confusion for me and the novel felt very unfinished.
I think there are parts of this book that could be read alone as an example of Adams' genius, but the novel, taken as a whole, was not successful. I will still read the first because I am a bit of a completest and it was a mistake on my part to read out of order, but I won't be expecting much.
In sostanza, non ci ho capito niente, e non sono nemmeno sicura che non facesse parte del piano Nov 26, Ray rated it really liked it Shelves: Dirk Gently is still not on the level of Hitch-hiker's Guide, obviously, but this sequel is a better read than the first.
Easier to follow, and very funny, the story is intriguing. I do wonder though, with the irreverent Norse gods hanging around, did this or American Gods come out first? More than thirty years later air travel has only become more annoying. It's still fantastically funny, but I'm aware of a sadness to it that I didn't notice on previous readings.
The heroine is a wi 1 Jan The travails of trying to order a pizza, Valhalla in London, and unexpected encounters with Thor. The heroine is a widow, the gods are bewildered, homeless and aimless, the yuppies are as annoying as ever.
Adams has trouble with plot, so even after reading this at least three times, I'm not exactly clear on what happened at the climax.
But with age I seem to have acquired some acceptance: I wonder what I'll think of it in another thirty years? This time I'm amazed by all the threads connecting it to newer works and authors I enjoy. I don't suppose I'll ever stop imaging what else he might have done if he'd lived longer.
Oct 05, YouKneeK rated it liked it Shelves: It started off interesting, but for some reason I became progressively less interested as the story continued and I put the book down more and more frequently. The first book had a mixture of elements from both science fiction and fantasy, but I thought it leaned more toward science fiction.
This book, on the other hand, was purely in the fantasy category with Norse gods playing a large role in the story. This book was published first, so maybe I would feel differently if I had read it first, but I preferred American Gods. Jan 23, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm not sure whether this is the effect of not being jammed into half a train seat by someone twice the size of me, but The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul seemed less funny but more absorbing than the first book.
It helped that it included Norse gods, I think. I had no idea that Douglas Adams had tangled with them. On the other hand, I don't really think that as much seemed to happen, somehow.
Less plates seemed to be spinning. I think that was a good thing for the narrative, but it seemed to mak I'm not sure whether this is the effect of not being jammed into half a train seat by someone twice the size of me, but The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul seemed less funny but more absorbing than the first book.
I think that was a good thing for the narrative, but it seemed to make the second book different in tone from the first And then I wonder if that was just because at no point did I have to stuff my Kindle back into a bag and run to get off a train because I was about to miss getting off at the correct station. I suspect I'm more influenced by the circumstances in which I read books than I realise. Quite an odd feeling. I do like the nine tenths of the subconscious being given over to penguins.
Feb 06, Lisa Bouchard rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I will re-read or re-listen to it at least once a year and even though I know the story backwards and forwards, it never fails to entertain me. May 07, Jean-marcel rated it liked it. It's come time to revise my review of this book, because I re-read it recently, and yes, i had a pretty good time with it, but still, I have to report one of those sad moments that sometimes happen in life, when you try something you thought was great in childhood and find yourself kind of crushed to discover it's not really as fine as you remembered.
Essentially, my perspective on the two Gently novels has completely reversed since I first read them as a twelve-year-old or whatever it was. I n It's come time to revise my review of this book, because I re-read it recently, and yes, i had a pretty good time with it, but still, I have to report one of those sad moments that sometimes happen in life, when you try something you thought was great in childhood and find yourself kind of crushed to discover it's not really as fine as you remembered.
I now see that all those people who said that the first book was better, smarter, etc, were right all along. Don't get me wrong, this is still a fun book with some amusing insights about "life, the universe, and everything", but now I see that there's a good reason that every time I tried to re-read this book, i ended up stopping about half-way through.
You know Neil Gaiman? His books Neverwhere and American Gods were really popular and maybe you've heard of them. I always thought there had to be a Douglas Adams influence on him somehow. But imagine if both of those popular books of his largely consisted of people wandering around commenting on the absurdity of everyday situations, and then in the last twenty pages he threw in some weird stuff about gods or aliens or something.
I said in my review of the first novel that this technique of not-getting-to-the-point actually worked rather well, but after reading them back to back in , now I have to say I'm not so sure it's good here.
The big thing I came away with this time is that this is a deeply cynical book. He was a likable guy who was passionate about something. But she doesn't really seem passionate about much, and in the end, it's suggested that she's going to use Odin in much the same way as the sleazy lawyer and his wife did. At least I think that's suggested.
I'm not entirely clear on it, and Adams might not have really wanted me to be. Despite there being a chapter dedicated to Kate undressing and taking a bath, I wasn't all that won over by her this time.
The good news is that Dirk is in this book a lot more, and he's pretty cool.