Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1)
I recently watched the pilot episode of Dirk Gently and loved it. So, naturally, I picked up the book. Now this order of doing things is often frowned upon by many people, including me, but sometimes things just happen.
The reason I'm telling you this is that I was slightly let down by the book, having seen (a version of) Dirk Gently in action before reading about him. There just wasn't enough of the detective in the book, while he (both versions) is such an interesting character. And yes, it wa...more
I thought no-one could write a better comic novel than 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' until I first read this. I've subsequently re-read this novel countless times and it never fails to entertain, I'm still finding references to literature and popular culture that I've previously missed.
That a novel can be re-rea...more
That said, I love Douglas Adams. The man was a genius at creating characters, and the Gently seri...more
Because, as it turns out, the linchpin upon which history turns, upon which depen...more
In his first outing, the holistic detective that bases his investigations on the fundamental interconnectedness of everything becomes embroiled in a case where he immediately realises that two aspects are a...more
On the other hand, I am pretty sure my best friend hated it, and she does often like things that are good, so maybe it's not for everyone. But try it anyway.
"He was rou...more
"'A horse?' he said again.
'Yes, it is,' said the Professor. 'Wait - ' he motioned to Richard, who was about to go out again and investigate - 'Let it be. It won't b...more
I guess the ending really felt like a bit of a let down after I had found all o...more
Mr Adams was (and boy do I hate saying was) a master craftsman. He could be intelligent, witty and plain wierd at the same time and still have room for a bit of sentimentality.
I'm pretty confident that if you're reading this then you...more
Having read The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy I was a little unsure about whether th...more
Yes, I do love Douglas Adams. Yes, this book is one of my most favouritest books on the face of the earth, and one of my most treasured possessions. And, caveat, they recently made a fun BBC tv series of it! Hip hip hooray!
Consider: creatures from the depths of Coleridge's addled psyche, an electric monk who is glitching to believe everything is a very particular shade of pink, a boyfriend who never remembers to show up because he's trying to prove mathematical impossibilities, and a de...more
Based lightly on one of the Dr. Who stories during the Adams years ("City of Death"), Dirk Gently stands in for the Doctor. He smacks a bit of the Tom Baker avatar with his humorously overbearing manner and quirky accessories. He's disrespectful of his secretary, abusive of his clients, and enigmatically loveable.
After spending an evening with his ol...more
― Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
No doubt that Douglas Adams is considered to be a magnificent writer for his appreciated novel series: The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But in the case of Dirk Gently the novel’s popularity was somehow moderate (the 9th highest-s...more
'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? Apparently not much; until Dirk Gently, self-styled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unravelling a mysterious mystery, and eati...more
The book still contains marvelous descriptions and brilliant observations. The problem for me, is the plot. It's a detective: you're faced with a mystery in the beginning and in the end, it gets (sorta) solved. Yet, Dirk Gently is a holistic detective, who believes in the interconnectedness...more
Actually, I re-read the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series including the short story about young Zaphod, that is to say, I read my complete and unabridged Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide. Which looks annoyingly like a Bible. I’m quite certain Douglas Adams chose the Bible-esque binding as a bit of a joke and a conversation starter....more
I pulled my old first paperback edition off my shelves a couple days ago (noting the whopping $4.50 cover price) because I just finished reading Shada by Gareth Roberts, which was a novelizat...more
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is probably the most complicated, intricate plot of any book I have ever read. It is simply mind-boggling how so many apparently random and unconnected things can possibly be threads of one single plot.
A sofa stuck on a stair-case, an electric monk, a disgruntled ghost, a missing cat, George III and a college don among many, m...more
I was entranced by the bizarre world of Dirk Gently, told as only Douglas Adams can tell a tale, yet I didn't understand it. I loved i...more
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was followed by The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
I also found out that a third instalment was in the works b...more
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