Free Reading The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul –

When A Passenger Check In Desk At London S Heathrow Airport Disappears In A Ball Of Orange Flame, The Explosion Is Deemed An Act Of God But Which God, Wonders Holistic Detective Dirk Gently What God Would Be Hanging Around Heathrow Trying To Catch The To Oslo And What Has This To Do With Dirk S Latest And Late Client, Found Only This Morning With His Head Revolving Atop The Hit Record Hot Potato Amid The Hostile Attentions Of A Stray Eagle And The Trauma Of A Very Dirty Refrigerator, Super Sleuth Dirk Gently Will Once Again Solve The Mysteries Of The Universe Lots of hilarious moments, though the pacing s not quite up to the level set in the first Dirk Gently book The ending especially feels rushed he spends a long time building up this fantastic web of complexity, and then rips it down with a climax and ending that together are barely longer than But it all worked out okay in the end But, as a math student working through too many proofs right now, I really love Dirk s way of thinking especially his reversal of Sherlock Holmes style logic What was the Sherlock Holmes principle Once you have discounted the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth I reject that entirely, said Dirk sharply The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks How often have you been presented with an apparently rational explanation of something that works in all respects other than one, which is just that it is hopelessly improbable Your instinct is to say, Yes, but he or she simply wouldn t do that Well, it happened to me today, in fact, replied Kate Ah, yes, said Dirk, slapping the table and making the glasses jump, your girl in the wheelchair a perfect example The idea that she is somehow receiving yesterday s stock market prices apparently out of thin air is merely impossible, and therefore must be the case, because the idea that she is maintaining an immensely complex and laborious hoax of no benefit to herself is hopelessly improbable The first idea merely supposes that there is something we don t know about, and God knows there are enough of those The second, however, runs contrary to something fundamental and human which we do know about We should therefore be very suspicious of it and all its specious rationality Words to live by Stay open minded, because there s a lot we don t know about. I had to re read this because I m insane but I m happy to be so because I still loved it.Total truth time it s not quite as funny or as sharp in the individual zinger lines as Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency, but the long running story gags are fantastically wicked and cruel and even profoundly sad.It s also of an adventure tale for Dirk later on, but primarily, it s all a mystery Sometimes, the plot is as much of a mystery, too, but I don t care After the rising of new gods in Asgard and the fate of soooo many pebbles, and the dark, dark fate of a Coke machine, who really cares The novel is brilliant and creative and so darkly funny It s enough to make me despair for modern literature, and this came out in 88 Here s another awesome tidbit It s the novel that I first thought of when I first read American Gods All the greatness of seeing Odin on the page or Thor blowing up an airport is all here and the characterizations are brilliant Can I even say that it s even brilliant after knowing the legends much better You bet I can I read this when I was 14 years old the first time and let s be frank I didn t know crap I learned most of what I knew about Thor from this book and the fact that there was some silly Marvel comic that I wasn t even tempted to read was about it And now Soooooo Nice Even the little In Jokes about the gods are all here It s a bit erudite than I expected it to be But it s also so funny Do I love eagles even now You bet Am I even annoyed with Yuppies You bet Do I want to run out and get some 300 count sheets and snuggle in them, perhaps get an eyepatch and avoid big strapping men with hammers You bet Poor Dirk I have to admit that his Horoscope is always dead on My one complaint is that there wasn t a whole series made out of this I still wonder just how amazingly cool it could have been to have a full bookcase full of these and point to it as the most amazing thing EVAH sigh Some authors just overflow with goodness Douglas Adams was one of them sigh So the title The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul is so fantastic And the randomness, quirkiness and interesting meditations of Douglas Adams s detective, Dirk Gently, matches the tone set by that title The novel even features the Norse Gods in the modern world reminding me of Neil Gaiman s American Gods Definitely a different take on Thor than you ll see in the superhero movies The mystery plot s are less the point here than simply taking the journey In that respect, there s a commonality with Adams famous Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series Getting to the restaurant at the end of the universe, for instance, is important than the destination For me, the randomness can be too random at times and not at all connected to plot, but again, I know that wasn t the point I enjoyed 3.75 stars. This is the second book about Dirk Gently, the holistic private investigator A seriously underestimated series or what was to become a series, I m sure In this second volume, Dirk is not really at his best Something is wrong and he can t put his finger to it To make matters worse, a very well off client, who promised to voluntarily pay for all sorts of quirks, is not just crazy as Dirk had thought, but ends up dead money sure does seem to have a way of getting away from Dirk Dirk s horoscope is even worse than usual but instead of taking the holistic approach, he chalks it up to an acquaintance of his being even annoying than usual that acquaintance is writing that particular horoscope Add to that a weird incident at Heathrow airport it had it coming if you ask me, I hate that place and several encounters with fridges and a Coca Cola vending machine and you get the usual silliness for which Douglas Adams was so famous for.However, as is also signature DA, no matter how silly his characters or observations, they are also spot on Like how airports are the worst places on Earth and how everyone is aggravated there Or how the simplest things we re used to can seem paramount when living somewhere this simple thing isn t normal and certainly not simple yes, I m talking about the pizza deliveries Paul, is it true that London doesn t have or didn t have, in the 80s pizza delivering services, but that you have had to pick the pizza up yourself instead Throughout the book there are hilarious moments, classics of the comedy genre Like when Kate is at Heathrow in the very beginning Or when view spoiler the eagle is in Dirk s office apartment, he locks it in the kitchen, it repeatedly flies against the kitchen door in order to get out, then Dirk opens the door, the eagle doesn t notice in time and instead slams into the wall of the next room hide spoiler