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Book #20 – Dirk Gently

Book #20 – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

I have lost my sense of humor to some extent. A decade ago, I liked this book when I read it. But now, arbitrary flights of fancy are hard for me to take, even when they are meant to be humorous. Does this work as a skewed detective story that involves ghosts, aliens, and time machines? Yes, well, I suppose it does although I find it all less satisfying when the bounds  of reality are so blithly disregarded. The wind-up for this story is long. For a book named after a character, we don’t really meet him until page 100. Some of tangent/threads  were pretty tedious. I don’t think I’ll reread The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, and I rather worry that I will no longer like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy either.

As for similarities to Mr. Luck? Not too much. Our system is based on manipulating the unobserved/unobservable. It’s a "quantum" principle, but we’re using it in a perhaps more obtuse manner than Dirk’s understanding of the inter-connectivity of everything (I imagine that if Adams wrote this novel now instead of 20 years ago, entanglement would come up more).

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Watched the first season of Slings and Arrows. Good stuff, if you like theater comedy and Shakespeare. Also, Paul Gross seems to have one of those faces I do not recognize from role to role.