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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul Mass Market Paperback – February 15, 1991
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I won't bother telling the story, because frankly I cannot. Now, I've been reading this book in about monthly intervals for years, but I still find something new each time, and I still have trouble keeping track of the story. Don't let that keep you, though. Yes, it *is* mildly confusing, but it all works out after a couple of times of reading, and it's great fun from first time, page one. Besides, it's worth the effort: there's many a topic for an evening of thinking in there.
But that's not what you buy it for.
Then there's the business of the Norse Gods walking the Earth, just like your average John Smith. Sort of. Thor naturally makes more of a nuisance of himself, but anyway, the notion of everything that the human race ever chose to believe in being true, and staying true long after we've ceased to need it to be true as well, is an astonishingly moving one. "Immortals was what you wanted, and immortals was what you got", complains one of them bitterly. And rightly so. What would you do if you were an immortal, omnipotent being whom no-one believes in anymore? Chances are, you'd sell your immortal soul to appear in a soft-drink commercial. Once you accept the fantasy part of it, it all snaps in place with logical precision, and even going to Asgard becomes an accepted way to spend the evening.
But that's also not what you buy it for.
The most outstandingly entertaining thing about the book is, of course, the humour, which is more like what you buy it for.Read more ›
Meanwhile, Dirk Gently has hit a low. He has almost no money and no clients. Except the one he's forgotten about who promptly gets himself killed. Now Dirk feels responsible for not taking this guy's claims serious and wants to track down the green eyed monster. As if that weren't enough, he and his cleaning lady are having a war over who will open his fridge first, an out of order soda machine keeps appearing and disappearing, and he's being stalked by an eagle. What these seemingly unrelated events have to do with each other provides plenty of wacky entertainment.
I am still only mildly familiar with the books of Douglas Adams, and I simply must correct that. This fantasy novel was wonderfully strange and entertaining. The opening bits about the airport and Kate's trip had me laughing out loud. The laughs slowed down over the course of the book, but they were still plentiful. Maybe it's my normal reading of mysteries, but my only real complaint was an ending that was really more confusing then enlightening of what had gone on before.
Actually, I listened to the audio version of this book, read by the author. These can be hit or miss, depending on the author. Douglas Adams did an exceptional job of reading, throwing just the right tones and inflections in for the best effect. About the only complaint on this part was that the scene changes were so sudden and abrupt that it could confuse you for a few seconds even when you're paying attention.
Whether you get your hands on the audio version of stick with the traditional print version, this is a wonderful title sure to entertain. I must move more of his books higher up my to be read pile.
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I loved Mr. Adams, and all of his books. He is sorely missed. This one is a great, light-hearted read. Great twists and turns, just like Douglas always did so well.Published 1 month ago by Erstwhile
Douglas Adams as always does it again. Wonderful, converluted, hysterically funny book. With pot shots at the absurdities of the "rules", this is a wonderfully layered book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suli Angeni
Having protagonists lose their heads by supernatural means has to be considered violence as does people dying from eagles exploding out of apartments like F15s but this is joyous... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hill Country Adjunct
A great follow up to the first Dirk Gently book. This volume sees the return of this disheveled sleuth, and more of Adam's standard with and observational humor. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clare
Maybe it is just me, but sometimes, when a person (or writer) becomes known for a certain thing, perhaps they overdo it. I loved Hitchhiker's Guide and the sequels. Read morePublished 4 months ago by TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer