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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (original 1988; edition 1991)

by Douglas Adams

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Title:The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Pocket Books (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (1988)

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What a waste of time. From barely there plots all mishmashed together nonsensically, to a ending so rushed I had to check out another copy to make sure I hadn't gotten a bad copy, nothing about this book was enjoyable. Sure, there were some one liners, but a couple of one liners do not make an enjoyable novel. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
The travails of trying to order a pizza, Valhalla in London, and unexpected encounters with Thor. I loved it. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
As a tea addict, I adore the title but the meaning doesn't seem to be within the book. The sequel seems to be a little better than the first book. The last one seemed too genius even for its own author. When asked later, Adams couldn't really figure out how the pieces fit together (I couldn't either.) Even though this one doesn't have time travel or Electric Monks, I liked it more. Though the mystery seemed a little random, the individual pieces sure are interesting. As usual, I think Adams liked to write to get all of his wacky ideas out there. I don't think it's about the mystery. In the first book, everyone but Dirk seemed a little boring. But this time around, the other characters are allowed to be funny. Dirk runs into Kate and they are hilarious together. They should have hung around each other more. I love the bit with Dirk stealing the car mechanic's vehicle just long enough for the car mechanic to fix Dirk's car to chase him. And with certain mythological heroes making an appearance, I can definitely see Adams as a major influence on Neil Gaiman. I will take what Douglas Adams books I can, but as far as the 1001 list is concerned, I would have removed these two from the list and added the second and third of the Hitchhiker's books to the list. ( )
  booklove2 | Oct 15, 2016 |
The Dirk Gently books loosely follow the private (“holistic”) detective Dirk Gently, but honestly he’s just one of a group of characters. That’s the great thing about Douglas Adams: you don’t get a story resolving around one heroic main character; everyone is the protagonist in their own personal story. I can’t even explain what the plot of these books. They’re complicated and full of coincidence, and eventually resolve themselves into a story, if not necessarily a plot.

I didn't find this one quite as engaging as the first, but then again, I'd say the same thing about Hitchhikers. ( )
  Andibook | Jun 14, 2016 |
This is not one of Adams’ best. I sincerely hope it’s his worst because if there is a worse novel by him out there, it must be atrocious.

An explosion at an airport leads to the involvement of the world’s unfunniest detective on a barely coherent case that consists, as usual with Dirk Gently, of him doing absolutely nothing. I was going to write “and the inevitable solution of the case” but I can’t even remember there being a solution. I didn’t even care by the end.

By this point in the author’s life, it seems Adams had used up all his humour. Much of what passes as humorous is fairly banal. I think I saw something funny once but I’ve now forgotten which page it was on so you’ll just have to dig for it yourself.

I think this is such a shame. Adams was a comic genius and one of the most original comic thinkers that the UK produced in the 20th century. The original Dirk Gently novel had some memorable moments, but the sequel is, as sequels so often are, only useful insofar as it makes the original look good. Knowing Adams, that may have been the point.

If you’re not an Adams fan, I wouldn’t bother with this. There are a lot of better books out there. If you are an Adams fan, I wouldn’t bother either. There are a lot of better books by Adams out there. ( )
  arukiyomi | Jun 10, 2016 |
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Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLean, WilsonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671742515, Mass Market Paperback)

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 3:37 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...

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After a Heathrow Airport ticket counter explodes, intergalactic sleuth Dirk Gently finds himself up against a heavenly host of foes-- from the IRA to the Norse Gods.

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