The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul
By Douglas Adams
Presentation By Philip Bock
"she threaded her way back across the check-in concourse, and had almost made it to the exit when she happened to glance back at the check-in desk that had defeated her, and was just in time to see shoot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame."
Heathrow airport terminal two explodes, miraculously a woman called Kate Schechter survives, the explosion is ruled an "act of god". At the same time a detective named Dirk Gently is investigating a murder of one of his clients, who is found decapitated seemingly impossibly. Both of those events occur by the hand of beings from norse mythology. The stories of these two people become intertwined as the plot complicates and somehow they end in the same place.
Note: This plot is very complicated so I did my best to sum it up without giving anything away
Who should read this?
But, if you are a mystery fan and can stand a complicated storyline, this is for you.
If you like Douglas Adams's other books like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you will most likely like this book. It is also relatively quick read (I read it in a day). So if you meet this criteria, READ THIS BOOK.
However, I suppose the emotions I am supposed to write about are the ones I felt relating to the characters. Seeing as most of the characters are very outrageous I will write mostly about the incompetent detective Dirk Gently. I was surprised and horrified at the start of the story when Dirk stumbled into a crime scene involving a decapitated man's head spinning on on a record player while it played "Don't pick it up" repeatedly.
"He seemed generally to be casual and relaxed, with his legs crossed in a half-finished cup of coffee on the small table beside him. Distressingly, though his head was sitting neatly on the middle of the record which was revolving on the hi-fi turntable."