Title: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Author: Douglas Adams
Page Count/Review Word Count: 250
The first thing to note here is that this is the second book in the Dirk Gently series, and I actually think it’s my favourite of the two. Part of that is because there’s a Norse mythology vibe to this and some hilarious cameos from the gods, with Thor in particular standing out to me.
My main issue, if you can call it that, with the book is the fact that it’s sometimes difficult to follow the plot. But that’s par for the course when you’re following a holistic detective, because everything seems random but it is in fact connected. Stuff that doesn’t make sense at the start is all explained by the end, but when you’re halfway through it, it can be a little confusing.
Still, Adams’ writing style is easy to absorb and he kept on making me smile, even if I didn’t necessarily laugh out loud. It amazes me how he’s able to tell a story while simultaneously cracking joke after joke, even about things that shouldn’t be funny. I particularly enjoyed the references to the lurking fridge (I’ve had a few of those myself) and the way that Dirk kept getting attacked by eagles. I think there’s a metaphor for life in that somewhere. I’m just not quite sure exactly where it is or what it means.