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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
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Jul 23, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, humor, novel, mystery, sci-fi
Read from June 23 to July 05, 2014

In my allegiance to the Hitchhiker's Guide non-trilogy, I had passed over Douglas Adams' other works - not assuming they were not as good, just not wanting to branch out into the unknown. But Dirk Gently is another worthy book. The plot approaches H2G2 levels of zaniness, having a mystery/sci-fi/ghost story/time-travel plot thoroughly infected with Adams' ironic humor. Although it seems to start off a bit slapdash, readers' patience is rewarded with wonderful explanations for improbable occurrences. Dirk Gently, the titular character, is like an anti-Sherlock Holmes who employs quantum mechanics and the appearance of harmlessness to do nothing less than save the world. This kind of philosophical depth in a seemingly humorous book is what makes Adams' work so spirited and humanistic.

I also laughed way too hard at the sofa-moving gag. Too real, my friends.

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