Book Review: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

I’ve decided this year to start keeping track of the books I read. I always read constantly, usually every night before bed, and I have no idea how many books I read per year. I started to keep track at the beginning of 2010, but obviously didn’t keep up with it. My first victim is a not-so-famous book by Douglas Adams, the author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This one has his same brand of quirky humor, though it doesn’t seem quite as Adam’s-y as his other books.

Another of his, Starship Titanic, was much funnier, in my opinion, with all the inexplicable occurrences you’d expect if you’ve read the Hitchhiker’s Guide series. This one follows an investigator, Dirk Gently, and the god Thor around London in separate story lines that finally intersect in the climax, much like a Guy Ritchie movie. This book was good, and kind of funny, but the ending was rather abrupt, and I think that left a bad taste in my mouth.

You’ll notice I’m not telling you much about the plot. I don’t believe in it. I hate spoilers, and I can’t really think of specifics in the story I can mention that would pique your interest without giving something away once you were actually reading it. Oh I know, no wait. That will ruin the end. Okay, Odin is in a retirement home, and he loves clean linen.

If you haven’t read anything else by Douglas Adams, then most of this review will be rather meaningless to you. Let me say that you have to read all the Hitchhiker’s guide books. They are madly hilarious. If you are a hard-core Adams fan, this one is worth a read, but don’t get super excited about it. If you like Adams you should also read Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It is awesome, and with a similar comedic style.

We’ll see how this category evolves. It may turn out to be more of a “I just read this”, rather than reviews. My aversion to spoilers make true reviews hard for me.


January 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Book Reviews.

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