September Fantasy Thread - SPOILERS - Dirk Gently's
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I wanted to like this book much more than I did. I found the first few chapters interesting and amusing. I liked the rhythm of the writing. But then it got confusing and ended up making no sense at all. Bits of plot were left hanging. Other interesting bits petered out. It's pretty sad to say that after I finished the book, I went to Wikipedia to read the plot summary to see if it helped me understand the ending. No such luck.
I gave it 5 out of 10 stars.
Some complaints. What was with the sofa? He could have done something fun with it but instead it was just cut up. And the ending made NO sense whatsoever. I had to look up in Wiki that there was supposed to be another part to the Coleridge poem that didn't get written because Coleridge got interrupted. Then how was that part not being written supposed to help? The alien was already there to fix his ship! Very disappointing ending.
I liked DNA'a comparison of Bach's music to the music the world makes, if you could only find the right way to hear it.
I've never been able to get through the Hitchhiker series. I love Adams' individual thoughts. Bits like the electric monk really make me smile, but sometimes I feel I'm in the middle of a whirlwind of ideas and have trouble fitting all the pieces together.
Morphy, your post came at the perfect time. I had about 70 pages to go and was beginning to flounder. After your post, I went to the Wikipedia article and things went 'click'. I loved the rest of the novel.
I didn't know that Adams had written a couple of Doctor Who episodes. I've added City of Death to my Netflix queue. (They don't have the serial Shada--at least not on DVD). Some of the tricks in this book seemed hackneyed to me--the anomaly of phones in a time machine working--yup, I knew that the TARDIS always worked that way. Now I'm wondering if Adams invented that and the current Who is giving a nod in his direction, or if that bit has always been part of the TARDIS cannon and Adams was giving a nod toward Who. Anyone know?
The couch being sawed up speaks to how Adams catagorizes people. Some people are enamored by the mystery and impossibility of it and design computer programs and search for answers. Other people just see an obstacle, saw it up and never think of it again.
It's fascinating to think that this is the ground breaking beginning of a style and ideas that seem over used now. Guess that's why this is in the 1001 Books.