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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
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Dec 28, 09

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Read in December, 2009

I am one of a handful of people who have read all or most of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series without finding it particularly funny, interesting, or good, so it took me quite by surprise when I pulled this from the shelf, started reading, and started to crack up. I have not read the prequel, but this mostly stands alone pretty well: a "holistic" detective, Dirk Gently, collides with a woman named Kate Schacter who is suffering travel difficulties, not to mention Norse gods thundering around. And a large, homicidal gold eagle. And let's not forget the malevolent fridge in Gently's apartment, which has not been opened in three months. I promise there's a plot under all this, but the plot is almost besides the point. Rather, it's a fast-moving, fun, and wildly improbable ride through a lot of bizarre imagery.

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