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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
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Jan 20, 2011

bookshelves: sf, author-male, humour, london, time-travel, i-robot, technology, enviroment
Read in January, 2005

Starts off a bit slowly, but soon picks up to be as funny as anything. I'm particularly fond of the sofa.

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message 1: by Jan-Maat (new)

Jan-Maat It has some great moments, the sofa, the horoscope in the paper, the dead boss leaving messages on the answerphone but like three men in a boat I don't know if funny bits add up to a funny book.

message 2: by Tamara (new) - added it

Tamara its certainly a bit ragged in terms of pacing, but I thought it did add up nicely, with everything tying back to everything. I does start out as a book with some jokes in, but I did think that by the end the actual narrative managed to become funny. (And then it stopped again for a bit, possibly in tandem with the emergence of the enviromental theme, which is just not that funny, no matter how you spin it.)

William I think the first Dirk Gently is the equal of the best Hitchhiker's Guide books in terms of humour (and it probably has one of Adams' more coherent plots). Book 2 wasn't quite as brilliant, but still very amusing at times.

message 4: by Jan-Maat (new)

Jan-Maat plotwise I agree although I prefer bk2 to bk1. Bk1 has this hue problem in that so much depends on the boss saying something that I can't imagine a native English speaker in that circumstance saying!

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