Book Review
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency -

From Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes a wildly inventive novel—in trade paperback for the first time—of ghosts, time travel, and one detective’s mission to save humanity from extinction.

DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY

We solve the whole crime
We find the whole person
Phone today for the whole solution to your problem
(Missing cats and messy divorces a specialty)

Douglas Adams, the “master of wacky words and even wackier tales” (Entertainment Weekly) once again boggles the mind with a completely unbelievable story of ghosts, time travel, eccentric computer geniuses, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the end of the world, and—of course—missing cats.

"Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" Reviewed

I’ve read this book a couple of times since it’s release in 1987. Having recently watched the two TV series based off the book, I was curious to see how it compared to the shows, but more importantly if it was as good as I remembered.

Fortunately, the essence of the book and character of Dirk is very much in evidence in the show, even if most of the plot isn’t.

And here comes the inevitable “But”…

Unfortunately, the book doesn’t hold up as well as I’d have liked.

I had very fond memories of binge reading every Douglas Adams book, and I was disappointed on this re-read. Where I used to race through this book, it took me a lot longer to read this time.

Maybe it’s because I now recognized the sources for some of the major plots. Maybe it’s because I’ve got used to reading very well written and edited indie books. But there just didn’t seem to be the quality of work that I remembered.

That said, if you love off-the-wall sci-fi, strange characters, or any of the other Douglas Adams books, there’s a good chance you’ll like this book.

My rating on this review combines both my memories of the book, and my current feelings about it.

3.6/5

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