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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dirk Gently Series #2)

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``The British author of the Hitchhiker trilogy and other immensely popular lunacies, Adams permits no whiff of common sense to spoil his new novel, which combines fantasy, hilarity and creeping horrors,'' remarked PW . Here, sleuth Dirk Gently investigates a lawyer and an advertiser who possess the soul of the god Odin. ``The plot's ramifications are marvelous, bloody and irresistible.'' (Jan.)
Library Journal
This production includes two of Adams's Dirk Gently novels. Dirk is one of the odder creations in detective fiction, although he isn't odd by the standards of his creator, who also wrote the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Dirk usually spends his time investigating odd coincidences and looking for lost cats; he believes in the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things." This philosophy leads him to search for lost London cats on Bahamian beaches, much to the dismay of his clients, who get billed for his travel expenses. The plot in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency deals with an Electric Monk, an unhappy ghost, a lost alien who needs a body to inhabit, a time-traveling Cambridge professor, a couch stuck in a stairwell, and an old university buddy, Richard MacDuff, who is suspected of the murder of his boss, computer company millionaire Gordon Way, the unhappy ghost who doesn't know how to be dead. All of these elements are tied together into a peculiar and amusing tale. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul begins when Dirk oversleeps and misses an appointment with a client, who is found in his locked study, decapitated. The police are perfectly willing to ignore some very odd forensic evidence and declare the death a suicide. Dirk, driven by guilt and a fear of going back to his home (his refrigerator has started lurking in a very ominous way), decides to find out what the green-eyed, 7' horned creature that had been threatening his client knows about the so-called suicide. All he has to do is find the suspect. Once again, under Adams's existential guidance, it all connects in the end, whether one believes it or not. The author does an excellent job narrating his ownwork, for only he could probably read it aloud without giggling or going mad. Highly recommended for any library with an active sf/fantasy section, readers who enjoy British humor, and all Monty Python fans.--Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671742515
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Series: Dirk Gently Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 235,454
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.24 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Adams (1952–2001) is a legend of imaginative fiction, having ushered in the advent of comedic science fiction with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The book developed into a full series of five novels, all of which were vastly successful. The Hitchhiker series, along with his two Dirk Gently novels, have helped cement Adams as one of the most successful and beloved authors in science fiction, having sold over 15 million books.

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Table of Contents

This production includes two of Adams's Dirk Gently novels. Dirk is one of the odder creations in detective fiction, although he isn't odd by the standards of his creator, who also wrote the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Dirk usually spends his time investigating odd coincidences and looking for lost cats; he believes in the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things." This philosophy leads him to search for lost London cats on Bahamian beaches, much to the dismay of his clients, who get billed for his travel expenses. The plot in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency deals with an Electric Monk, an unhappy ghost, a lost alien who needs a body to inhabit, a time-traveling Cambridge professor, a couch stuck in a stairwell, and an old university buddy, Richard MacDuff, who is suspected of the murder of his boss, computer company millionaire Gordon Way, the unhappy ghost who doesn't know how to be dead. All of these elements are tied together into a peculiar and amusing tale.

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul begins when Dirk oversleeps and misses an appointment with a client, who is found in his locked study, decapitated. The police are perfectly willing to ignore some very odd forensic evidence and declare the death a suicide. Dirk, driven by guilt and a fear of going back to his home (his refrigerator has started lurking in a very ominous way), decides to find out what the green-eyed, 7' horned creature that had been threatening his client knows about the so-called suicide. All he has to do is find the suspect. Once again, under Adams's existential guidance, it all connects in the end, whether one believes it or not.

The author does an excellent job narrating his ownwork, for only he could probably read it aloud without giggling or going mad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    Better than the First (also funnier)

    Even better than the first one. Despite other reviews this book is completely original and so funny that you may die of suffication. Make sure you read them in order. If you already read this take a look at The Salmon of Doubt (the unfinished 3rd book with some other stories).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2000

    Another fan of Mr. Gently

    I have to admit, before praising The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, that I wasn't too thrilled with The Holistic Detective Agency, but the circumstances surrounding my reading of that book may have contributed some. Regardless, I was absolutely entralled with Dirk Gently #2. I simply loved the irony, ridiculous situations, and raw humour. Every so often I kept thinking to myself 'How does Adams come up with such outrageous stuff?' I love to be delightfully shocked, and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul has plenty of events to be delightfully shocked about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Real good Douglas Adams stuff

    I first read this book in the 80's
    Now I really like being able to have it on my NOOK with rest of my books so I can carry them easily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Chaos and Humor

    This book is better than the first Dirk Gently. It makes me wonder how much better additional books would've been...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Wierd

    Strangest book ive ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Dapplenose

    Dapplenose- she plops into her nest

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 31, 2013

    Lightpaw

    Coconut?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Rainpelt

    Walks in and macks a nest all by herself in a corner.

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    Posted March 25, 2013

    Fawnstep

    made a nest

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    Posted March 24, 2013

    Goldflower

    Goldflower~ She pad in and made a nest.

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    Posted March 23, 2013

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    Made a den.rowanfire

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    Posted March 23, 2013

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    Warrior's Den

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    A terrific read

    There are so many books out there that I rarely have the opportunity to reread one. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, however, is one book that is worth reading numerous times. It is entertaining and so full of interesting tidbits that it invites you to revisit it.

    It's a shame that Douglas Adams was taken from us so soon. It would have been great to see what other amazing tales would spring from the mind that gives us Dirk Gently, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Arthur Dent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2011

    Douglas Adams Was a God

    Excellent book. So very, very funny. Get it, read it, forget the world for a few hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2010

    The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul

    "The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul" is another masterpiece by Douglas Adams, master of science fiction comedy; an instant favorite for me, seeing that I enjoyed the Hitchhiker's Guide series so much. The main character, Dirk Gently was, in my view, more likable than, say, Ford Prefect, the humanoid from Betelgeuse or Marvin the Paranoid Android. There characters were funny, but Dirk Gently had a more eccentric personality, which I liked. Most of the story is centered on Norse gods, and Dirk ends up going to Valhalla. Like any other Douglas Adams book, the storyline is engrossing, and is peppered with hilarious bits of British humor. I recommend this book for people who have never heard for Douglas Adams, and fans alike. That's if they haven't read it of course. It's a great, fun, light read and I would definitely give it a 5 out of 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Very irreverent book that will have you confused but interested until the end.

    Fantastic book by one of the best authors in our era. A mystery that keeps you very confused until near the very end. As mentioned in the title, a very irreverent book with a lot of dark humor (hard to give examples without ruining the story, but I laughed and cringed several times!). If you're a fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide series it is very similar humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    ldtts

    A great book in the style of the Hitchhiker¿s guide to galaxy, Douglas Adams¿ Long dark tea-time of soul is a surprisingly ¿different¿ pseudo-detective story. As with all his other works, this novel is characterized by an excellent, quirky humor ¿ Douglas Adams being an expert with short, two-worded puns that have great effect and leave you laughing more than other authors could in a few pages. Even the main character¿s name is a little joke on its own ¿ Dirk Gently (¿stab gently¿). As another trademark of the author, the novel also has a very complex plot that doesn¿t explicitly ¿end¿ and you are left on your own to figure out what happened. These two main features can make the story very confusing ¿ especially for those who haven¿t read any of Adams¿ work (or don¿t have a good ¿reading experience¿). Long dark tea-time of the soul is the second book in its series, but because of its author¿s craftiness it can be easily read and enjoyed on its own. The main character is Dirk Gently, a ¿holistic¿ detective. Dirk (much like Arthur Dent) is put in many humorous situations and does a lot of silly things: he follows cars when he¿s lost he has a war with his cleaning lady over who should open the ¿looming fridge¿ and chases the green-eyed monster. This is a great novel, but the way you¿ll enjoy it mostly depends on your expectations. For the Hitchhiker fan, Long dark tea-time of soul may seem like an unrealized clone - the humor is in the same style, the plot structure similar and so on. Dirk is not Arthur or Ford, and time-warps can¿t compare with the ¿Improbability drive¿, but if you take this book on its own you will really enjoy it, maybe even more than the Hitchhiker series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    More of that zany Adams comedy

    Just as funny as the Hitchhiker Trilogy if not funnier, if perhaps not as exciting. Dirk Gently is quite a concoction, and a very well developed character. This book combines good old-fashioned dectective 'work' with mythological fantasy. A must-read for all Adams fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    Urban Fantasy Ahead of its Time!

    I started rereading the Dirk Gently books this weekend on a whim, and realized that there's a lot more to them than I'd realized previously. Long Dark Teatime is Urban Fantasy way at the beginning of the genre, and plays with the ideas that people like Neil Gaiman and Charles DeLint are using so skillfully now, fifteen years later. I think I'm going to teach it in my Freshman English class next spring (full reading list under 'related titles' below).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN!!!

    As usual,Douglas Adams has created an absolute masterpiece that is nearly impossible to put down. The characters were fantastic and the plot was filled with all kinds of odd twists and turns. Everyone should read this book.

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