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

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

by Douglas Adams


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Beloved, bumbling Detective Dirk Gently returns in this standalone novel—in trade paperback for the first time—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.

When a check-in desk at London’s Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the event is said to be an act of God. But which god? wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently. And how is this connected to Dirk’s battle with his cleaning lady over his filthy refrigerator…or to the murder of his latest client? Or are these events just another stretch of coincidences in the life of the world’s most off-kilter private investigator?

Douglas Adams, “one of England’s top exporters of irreverence” (Chicago Tribune), continues the implausible adventures of supersleuth Dirk Gently in his quest to solve the mysteries of the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476783000
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Dirk Gently Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 111,056
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Douglas Adams, a legend of imaginative fiction, ushered in the advent of comedic science fiction with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The book developed into a hugely successful series of five novels. The Dirk Gently series—Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul—helped cement Adams as one of the most successful and beloved authors in science fiction.

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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The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul: Dirk Gently Series, Book 2 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I still think of this as DNA's latest work even though it's some 20 years old now, it hasn't aged particularly well- I can't imagine a London in which it would be impossible to have pizza delivered.Not quite as funny as it could be, but still an amusing and quirky insight into the world, based on the simple premise: imortallity isn't just for a passing culture. The holistic private detective Dirk Gently is late for an appointment with one of his few clients. He is somewhat distressed to find the police present and his client deceased. The resulting broken nose leads to a chance encounter in a cafe with a nurse which in turn through the vagracies of Dirk's zen navigation style, leads to his meeting with Kate Schechter. Kate has been independantly tracing the obdurate gentleman who prevented her flying to Oslo shortly before the airport terminal exploded. Dirk's holisitc intrepation - meaning that all things in life are interconnected - leads him to the remarkable, but when you think about it totally correct conclusion that Sherlock Holmes was wrong. The impossible merely implies we haven't found all the knowledge available, wheras the improbable we can discount because we do generally know how people behave.Dirk has many annoying mannerisms, but his ability to draw conclusions from such wide ranging co-incidences makes every paragraph an exercise in trying to guess where the story might be going. Superb. Maybe not of the abstract of Hitchhikers, but for anyone who lives inthe UK a very worthy read.
tulikangaroo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What is there to say? Another clever, crafty, weird, thoroughly enjoyable novel from Douglas Adams. I continue to like Dirk Gently more than the Hitchhiker series - there's something about old, cranky Norse gods who've sold their souls to humans living among us today (for example) that is even more ridiculous and wonderful than space ships and manic depressive robots (no offense).
usnmm2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Those of you who only know D. Adams from the Hitchhiker books are in for a nice treat with Dirk. I find these books to be better than hitchhiker. A mix of sci fi and fantasy.
miketroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bizarre cult humour. The wit of this book soars like one of those birdmen with wooden wings jumping off the end of the pier....but there are people who like this stuff.
wendyrey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Odin has sold his power to an unethical couple and Dirk Gently and Kate need to sort it out. Various surreal goings on including a fighter aeroplane turned into a ( very cross) eagle and a young woman transformed into a drinks machine. Although funny I found it vaguely unsatisfactory and the ending confusing and a bit of a let down. Tom Holt does it better.An OK book.
rincewind1986 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dirk gently is such a cool character, his strange approach to detective work and his obsession with proving the interconnectiveness of all things leads to so many chancces for humour, and Adams ofcourse pounces on ever single one. I really do prefer these to the hitchikers series, many would disagree, but read the dirk gently books and you will love them.
lmichet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one starts out as though it's going to be better than the original 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' was, but ends on a low point. Overall a satisfying read, but it shouldn't be read by anyone who hasn't done Dirk Gently itself yet.Basically, it feels like Adams ran out of energy and just quit at the end, because it's a horrible, horrible ending. The rest is quite entertaining, however, particularly the crime scene at the house, and all scenes involving Thor. It's simply a fact: Douglas Adams was an incredible humorist and great at writing radio-play series, which need not always be aimed at a serious, concise ending. He just can't do endings or contained plots: he like big, rambling things full of dramatic and unexpected changes. Now, when the changes are so dramatic that they become unexpectable, or when the endings are too remote from the meat of the story to provide any satisfaction, then this becomes a problem.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part mystery novel, part puzzle, this novel bring us one again to Dirk Gently's world, where finally, his financial woes are over, until the somewhat crazy record producer who has him on retainer is beheaded one day in a locked room. Is is then that Dirk realizes that this man's lunatic ravings may have had some truth in them.Encountering Thor, the Norse god, as well as some other characters from Norse mythology, Dirk once again tries to find a holistic solution to the problem at hand.If you enjoyed Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, you're bound to enjoy this one.
craso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young woman is trying to catch a flight to Oslo when the check-in desk explodes. Dirk Gently's new client is found decapitated. How are these events connected? Does it have something to do with an elderly man in a nursing home, an angry big blonde man with a hammer and a coke machine, a giant eagle, and a hit pop song called "Hot Potato?" All these plot points add up in the end, only barely. I can see how Adam's thought that the reader would find humor in all of these outrageous events, but it just doesn't happen. The story was not as funny as "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency." I enjoyed the book, but I felt that something was lacking. It is disappointing compared to the Hitchhiker books and the first Dirk Gently novel.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i found this perfectly charming
kpolhuis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honestly, it irritates me when other people do not get the genius of the Dirk Gently books. I had some laughing fits with this one, and I will never look at Norse gods the same way again. I love you Douglas...wherever you are.
lhuss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! It was a unique and quirky theological mystery which i enjoyed immensely. Adams has a great style and i loved his portrayal of the Norse Pantheon in their seeming "twilight years" so to speak. I was given this book by a friend who thought that I would enjoy it, and I must say that I'm excited to read more of Adams' work, especially the first Dirk Gently novel and the Hitchhiker books.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An entertaining read. Not as good as Hitchhikers, but still enjoyable.
carrot_bosco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A slightly funny little romp that ties in mythology. Adam's quirky wit is evident throughout the piece making for a very quick mildly enjoyable read.
pauliharman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intelligent, witty and enjoyable
updraught on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting blend of detective story and fantasy. I found the book quite entertaining but not nearly as brilliant as the Hitchhiker's Guide. I was left puzzling as to why that is. This is what I came up with: What I like about the book is Douglas Adams' extremely witty style of writing. What I don't like is the story. While the Hitchhiker's Guide is wholly escapist, almost entirely set off this planet so remarkably removed very early on, the Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul tries to blend magic and London. Just not my cup of tea. Maybe Harry Potter spoiled that combination for me.Still, Douglas Adams' writing shines and makes for some good entertainment. Three stars.
kaipakartik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book has some cool passages and some of Douglas Adams' trademark wit and humor but there are some sections that you just have to plod though.
Yestare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this at the National Airport bookstore, and began it on the plane. The opening sentence is "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport.' Serendipity made it just that much more hilarious.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This sci/fi detective story has it all: Viking gods, goblins, exploding airports, and women turned into Coke Machines. Still, it doesn't come up to the level of Hitchhiker's Guide, but then, what can? It sparkles with wit and surprising plot twists, and, as usual, Adams assumes his audience is intelligent enough to understand the English language without having to move everything to monosyllabic words. And, as usual, his ending doesn't really wrap up everything; for instance, what happened to the eagle in Dirk's hallway? In the hands of a lesser artist, that could seem sloppy; in the hands of a master craftsman, it just sort of leaves you wanting more. In addition, the book is a quick and easy read, which is nice after a couple of real time eaters. I would recommend it to anyone with a quirky sense of humor and a true sense of the absurd.
Ambrosia4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dirk Gently returns in this "sequel" to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. I use the word sequel very loosely since the only similarity between the two is the character of Dirk Gently.I think Dirk is a brilliant character created by a comedic genius. Adams' is a master at fleshing out strange characters with thought patterns that don't reflect the rest of us. In his first novel, Dirk took on time paradoxes. Now he takes on Nordic gods, beheadings, and inexplicable explosions and disappearances. All while taking care of his fridge and searching for another pack of cigarettes.Worth the read if only to get a good laugh from Adams' patentable humor.
Crayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a great admirer of Douglas Adams, I need to say that up front. His ability to weave an intricate story that seems whimsical at first until you realize all the little strands are connected and point at Something Big (©) is unsurpassed. Nevertheless, this last excursion for Dirk Gently is a bit of a disappointment. It's not that his writing is off, that he does not characterize his protagonists well or is...well...boring. It's that the big picture is literally painted in the last few pages. And even then, after the big reveal, I'm left wondering what I missed.Anyway, you won't go wrong reading this book. And if it's your first Adams, you'll be in for even more awesome stuff once you sample his other works. But if this is not your inauguration, prepare to long for Vogons.
the.ken.petersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It saddens me to say it, but Douglas Adams is a one trick pony. 'Hitch Hikers' was absolutely fantastic and one expects any comic writer to have a recognizable style but I found that I was ahead of the punch line too often.The story is, as one would expect, off the wall: Thor puts in an appearance in modern day Britain causing all sorts of problems for Dirk Gently and the few humans who can see him. It does have its humorous moments, and I would rate it higher were it not to be for the genius of HHG2G which makes this look pedestrian.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?"Very funny - this is a follow-up to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.