The travails of trying to order a pizza, Valhalla in London, and unexpected encounters with Thor. I loved it.
Tash talked me into watching Thor, which I enjoyed enormously. And it reminded me of Adams' Thor, committing an Act of (a) God, when he can't catch a flight to Oslo. 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 widow, the gods a...more
But, as a math student working through too many proofs right now, I really love Dirk's way of thinking! ...especially his reversal of Sherlock-Holmes-style logic:
The story opens with Kate Schechter attempting to catch a flight to Oslo, even though Fate seems to be conspiring against her. An explosion, deemed an "act of God" confounds her plans. She becomes involved in the events around whom the god involved in the aforementioned act are developing.
Meanwhile, Dirk Gently, holistic detective, remembers that he has a c...more
"It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport.'
Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special effort. This ugliness ari...more
When a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame the usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board. Even British Nuclear Fuels rushed out a statement to the effect that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day ou...more
'Teatime' is, to me, an improvement on the first book in two particular ways:
1. The character interaction is stepped up to the point where every encounter and conversation makes me belly laugh until I hurt.
2. The plot is tighter and less rambling than the first. While that was a strength of Dirk Gently 1, it would have been too much to...more
This is a great example of writing, easily recognisable as the work of Douglas Adams. It contains all the absured me...more
At least, if you’re Thor in a universe where humans created gods, and the gods need ongoing worship to exist. See generally http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php.... This book might have been my introduction to the idea that humans created gods in our own image. And the pathos of being a being created to be worshipped once the worship stops.
It also may have been the first book I read where a lawyer and an advertising executive got t...more
I didn't expect much for plot. It is a Douglas Adams book after all, but I had hoped for decent characters. Unfortu...more
Here, we again have weird ideas (even involving scandinavion gods) but, really, none of it works. The j...more
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...more
In this case, it's because they're unemployed, and have nowt to do. And they don't seem to be very imaginat...more
The second (and final) book in the Dirk Gently series, it has little to do with the first book except the Dirk character himself. The storyline, however, remains larger-than-life:
“So far he had taken no real interest in the strange incident at the airport, but now it demanded his attention. The explosion was now officially designated an ‘Act of God.’ But, thought Dirk, what god? And why?”
As always, Adams inc...more
This is why rating this book as 3/5 is so sad for me, this book started off great, with plenty of intrigue and mystery, and a bunch of characters that seemed interesting and off their rockers (in other words, regul...more
I enjoyed the book, but really need to read book one of the series.
Dirk Gently is a holistic detective who is hired by a wealthy client who claims a 7 foot green monster with a scythe is coming after him due to a contract. Dirk doesn't believe the client, arrives late for a meeting by several hours, and finds his client decapitated with his head revolving on a record player (remember those?).
Holistic detective Dirk Gently returns for a mystery of supernatural proportions. But while the resolution of the...more