- Series: Dirk Gently
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Reissue edition (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476782997
- ISBN-13: 978-1476782997
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Paperback – October 7, 2014
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Performer Information: Harry Enfield stars as Adams's much-loved psychic sleuth, with Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings), Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers), Jim Carter (The Golden Compass) and Olivia Colman (Peepshow). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Douglas Adams (1952–2001) is a legend of imaginative fiction, having ushered in the advent of comedic science fiction with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The book developed into a full series of five novels, all of which were vastly successful. The Hitchhiker series, along with his two Dirk Gently novels, have helped cement Adams as one of the most successful and beloved authors in science fiction, having sold over 15 million books.
Top Customer Reviews
Dirk Gently is an example of a breakthrough work: An attempt at something quite artistically new, which is all the more amazing because it actually succeeds. In short, this novel is: a Science Fiction Mystery Comedy.
* DG is a quite good Science Fiction book, with elements such as strange alien technology ("The Electric Monk"), time travel, and an immortal -- if VERY absentminded -- being
* DG is a quite good (and, to borrow another reviewer's term, "self-consistent") mystery/detective novel, even if the detective in question IS rather unorthodox!
* DG is a very funny comedy novel, which parodies not only the detective genre, but also makes not-so-subtle jabs at ivory-tower academics, business executives, British Telecom, and computers (and the geeks that use and program them)
Dirk Gently as a character in particular is a truly original creation. It is both very fortunate that we have him in two novels, and cruel and tragic that Douglas Adams did not live to develop him any further. For one example, many of Dirk's college friends think he is psychic, and are always trying to get him to dream-speak upcoming exam questions. Dirk sets out to prove them wrong by creating a complete copy of an upcoming exam, purely by researching past exams in the same course, studying the syllabus, etc., figuring that he will be only about half right on average, and everyone will see that he is just an ordinary guy and leave him alone. Except that the exam he so produces turns out to be identical to the real one. Oops.Read more ›
It involves: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, ghosts, electric monks, time travel, cell phones and message machines, a pair of women named Susan, Cambridge University, romance, ancient aliens, Schroedinger's cat and a semi-legitimate (but highly imaginative!) detective named Dirk Gently, oh, and...by the way, the end of the world. If you don't see the connection between all these diverse subjects, it's because you don't understand the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, and therefore you really owe it to yourself to give this book a try!
The only downside at all is that Douglas Adams is not around to give us more of this (and all his other) amazing literary character. I love Doug Adams, and his absence is very, very much felt.
Gently cross paths with his old classmate from St. Cedd's College, Cambridge, Richard MacDuff, who is having a trying and interesting time. MacDuff, a computer programmer working for Way Forward Technologies, becomes involved with his old college tutor, Professor Urban Chronotis, the aged Regius Professor of Chronology, and hence bearing the nickname "Reg" whose vice is conjuring tricks, and in the middle of a dinner honouring Samuel Taylor Coleridge, performs a totally inexplicable one involving a salt shaker and a Grecian pot that perplexes MacDuff. Equally perplexing is how a horse entered the bathroom of his professor.
MacDuff has many other things to worry about. He's overdue on a software programme for his boss Gordon Way, he isn't spending enough time with his girlfriend Susan, who's his boss's sister, and he's got a sofa lodged halfway up the stairs to his flat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you already know that you like this author's writing, then you will probably like this book. I was disappointed in it, as the narrative seems forced and the characters never... Read morePublished 6 days ago by A. Reed
true to the spirit of Douglas Adams. Details are different in the characters, but it's funnyPublished 9 days ago by mamanerd
Enjoyed the story, very different from the series. Quick interesting read, looking forward to reading the next book in the series.Published 13 days ago by Diane P
from the author of a hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, comes a slightly more convoluted story about how seemingly unrelated things are all related to a parlor trick performed in a... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Tom Fourdyce
It's Douglas Adams! What's not to like. Actually quite different that HHG, at bit more clever in many respects. Fun all the way through.Published 15 days ago by D. Vaughan
Douglas Adams is a true master. If you loved hitchicker's guide to the galaxy, this is a must read!Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love all of Adams' books but I especially love this one because of the Electric Monks. I definitely want one.Published 17 days ago by Trippy1