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Irreverent and attention grabbing.
on November 9, 2016
I'd read the first Dirk Gently novel quite a few years ago, and I'm not sure why it's taken me until just now to pick up the second one. But now that I have, I'm glad I did.
In a weird way, this novel is American Gods done right. That was a novel in which I loved the premise, but felt very let down by how the story eventually developed and concluded. But in The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul, I think it took a similar premise, but crafted a more grounded, but better executed story from it.
Plus the writing style of Douglas Adams has always delivered. Even in his lesser quality works, his style shines through, and does elevate material to a higher quality. Here, everything comes together in a very entertaining package.
Pacing is fairly quick, and the story keeps moving. What this means is that it's a pretty mean and lean read without any real filler in it. But it also gets all the information that it needs to to the reader. Some of the detail or scene descriptors might go a little long in spots, but that's entirely a Douglas Adams stylistic choice, and it's to the benefit of the novel, rather than a detriment.
On a personal note, this also marks the last bit of writing material available for me to read out of Douglas Adams back catalogue, which is a shame. And I do wish he had done more with the Dirk Gently series. Aside from this and the first book, there's a fractured and half completed third novel, which he was in the process of retrofitting into another Hitchhiker's Guide book before he died. But I will just have to appreciate what's there.
But yeah, a definite recommend from me. Especially if you are a fan, and somehow have managed to avoid reading this. It's a fun read from start to finish, with some quite clever parts to it.