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Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency, is a Science Fiction Mystery Thriller and Comedy Novel by the author of Hitch hikers Guide to Galaxy “Douglas Adams”.
Dirk Gently is the name of Detective, who owns Holistic Detective Agency. Dirk Gently is something new in Mystery and Detective genre, it will make you laugh at the same time solves the puzzle surrounding the mystery, he doesn’t use the finger prints, witness to solve the case. He use the interconnectedness of things surrounding the suspect and solves the puzzle in innovative way.

The Plot of this book is little or little big non-linear, because the main theme of this book is time travel. You may ask why name holistic? here is the answer given by Dirk “The term ‘holistic’ refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things”.

dirk gentlys holistic detective agency

dirk gentlys holistic detective agency

When Dirk sees his old college mate Richard was entering into Susan Way’s house from window, sister of Gordan Way owner of Wayforward Technologie, he calls
Susan ways house and ask details about what he is doing there and at the end of call he says :

Dirk : “Meet me at the pizza parlor in half an hour. And bring money.”
Richard : “What — Dirk, are you trying to blackmail me?”
Dirk : “No, you fool, for the pizzas!” 🙂

At the same time there someone murders Gordon Way, while he meets Dirk, Dirk tells him that someone murdered Gordon Way and Policy thinks Richard is the suspect, now he tries to solve the mystery by using his unique interconnectedness technique.

In parallel, there was a Electric Monk in some desert with his horse, these monks are created to believe everything so that we need not to believe anything, this monk in desert believes everything for many many years and he starts to believe that there exist a door in the desert which leads him to somewhere, where, he don’t know but for sure somewhere, suddenly the door appears and he goes inside it, that door brings him to the bathroom of Reg – Professor Urban Chronotis at St Cedd’s.

Four billion ago, a group of Salaxalans attempts populate the earth but by laziness of there engineer causes the landing spaceship to explode, killing all the Salaxalans. The exlpode generates the spark of energy needed to create amino acids and start the process of life on Earth. The ghost of Salaxan Engineer remains and haunts the earth for billions of years, until he can correct his mistake and watches human life develops from small virus to intelligent species for four billion years. Finally the ghost discovers that Reg – Professor Urban Chronotis at St Cedd’s, has created the time machine and he can undo his mistake and save his Salaxalans friends and stop the life from creating on earth.

Now Dirk need to solve the mystery behind the Murder of Gordon Way and he has to save the humankind from total destruction- by stopping the ghost from using time machine and also uncover the mystery behind this electric monk.

This is the typical Douglas Adams novels, which has humor, mystery and science-fiction. This novel is little complicated and if you have read Douglas Adams best selling novel “The Hitch hiker Guide to the Galaxy” then you can read this novel, but this novel is more complicated that H2G2. If you haven’t read any of Douglas Adams books then I suggest first you read his Hitch Hiker Guide to Galaxy then you can pick this one.

I give it : 4/5.

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This is the story of Arthur Dent and his alien friend Ford Perfect. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the legend in the sci-fi category. The book is written by Douglas Adams. The book follows the adventures of Arthur Dent and his alien friend Ford Perfect in six parts. Originally Douglas Adams has written only 5 Novels, 6th “And Another Thing” Novel in this series is released recently which written by Eoin Colfer.

The book begins on Thursday morning when Arthur Dent goes to bathroom for shaving, he sees a yellow bulldozer in front of his, when go out and inquires about bulldozer, they tell him that, they came to demolish his house for building the by pass.

Arthur Dent’s friend Ford Perfect is an alien from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse and also a research of the book Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Ford rescues Arthur Dent before the seconds of earth’s demolition. The rescued by the spaceship of Vogons.

This what Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tells about VOGONS :

“Vogon Constructor Fleets. Here is what to do if you want to get a lift from a Vogon: forget it. They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy, not actually evil, but bad tempered, bureaucratic, ficious and callous. They wouldn’t even lift a anger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders signed in triplicate,sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again,and finally buried in soft peat and recycled.The best way to get a drink out of a Vogon is to stick your finger down
his throat, and the best way to irritate him is to feed his grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.On no account allow a Vogon to read poetry at you.”

Hitchhikers Guide To Galaxy

So they are thrown out by VOGON ship, and they dramatically picked up by another ship named ” Heart Of Gold “, there they meet President of Galaxy : Zaphod Beeblebrox, who is Ford’s semi-cousin and the Galactic President. They visit the legendary planet Magrathea, where Aurthur meets person named Slartibartfast, who tells him about the history of Magrathea : Once the people of Magrathea fed up with question like ” Who they are “, ” why the universe exists “, “who created the universe” etc, So they decided to build the Super Computer which can answer these question, super computer of size of small city. They built a Super Computer, named it ” Deep Thought ” .
Two Programmer asked the computer to give ” Ultimate Answer for Life,Universe and Everything”, computer tell them, it require 7 and Half million years. So after 7.5 M years computer reveals answer ” Ultimate Answer for Life,Universe and Everthing” is 42.

Deep Thought tells that another computer, more powerful than itself would be made and designed by it to calculate the question for the ultimate answer.

Then deep thought builds a computer, often mistaken for a planet because of its size and use of biological components as the operational parameters , was the Earth, and was destroyed by Vogons to make way for a hyperspatial express route, five minutes before the conclusion of its 10-million-year program for finding the question for ultimate answer 42.

So Magrathean thought that Arthur mind can reveal the answer, because his mind has the last clue and he is the only person survived minutes before Earth demolition and he is the Operational Parameter of Super Super Computer Earth.

Rest of the story follows how Arthur tries to find the answer for the question and also knows lots of things about universe with the help of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

I am sure , if you read one book, you are going to want to read all.

This novel must be read to be appreciated. Every characters in this novel are good:-

  1. Arthur Dent, who basically has no idea what is going on around him, just wondering why they destroyed the earth.
  2. Ford Prefect, Arthur’s friend from some where in the vicinity of Betelgeuse.
  3. Zaphod Beeblebrox Galactic persident who stole Heart Of Gold,He don’t know why he stole it, with his two heads, three arms.
  4. Trillian the lovely Earth girl who flies the Heart of Gold.
  5. Slartibartfast the planet builder who built Earth according to blue print of Deep Thought.
  6. Marvin a depressed robot.
  7. The irratating ships Computer.
  8. The Vogons, who doesn’t care who you are.

Overall, this is a book is highly entertaining and must read.

I give it : 5/5.


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