Random Fiction

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams

There is this weird series on Netflix I watched last year , it wasn’t till the end of the series that I started to enjoy it(do not ask me why I kept at it, it was a period of inactivity). The second season was even better(with profound existential discussions thrown into the mix) and I was surprised to see something which I should have noticed the first time around. The series was based on the book by Douglas Adams! It took me the second attempt at Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to start to like it and since I was now well versed in the TV series, I thought I would be able to enjoying the book at first go.

Unsurprisingly, the book was reserved in the library by someone else who had the same idea as me. I found it funny when I looked at the checkout list. This was a very old version, and the last checkout activity before 2017 was in 1995! This is how TV repays the effort of mooching off of stories from fiction writers. Dirk Gently in the book is not the earnest good guy portrayed on Netflix.He is odd in his own, just not in the same way. So it took a while to acclimatize with the Dirk of dubious antecedents but I managed to.

If you have tried the books of this author before, or Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman, you would know what sort of an experience it is.there is an Electric Monk fulfilling his life’s purpose of believing and his horse.Then a small dinner at a University and a magic trick.Dirk then nudges his way into it while we may have more than one ghost wandering about. His long suffering friend/old acquaintance who is Dirk’s entry ticket into the case is also the one who understands the least of what is going on.It is chaotic and funny and an entertaining read. It is the kind of book that is either really enjoyed or completely hated (for me it was the former). I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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