Originally Posted by kapsi
Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams.
Ha, same here.
I finished Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
about a week ago, and since then I've also read the second Dirk Gently novel, The Long, Dark, Tea-Time of the Soul
The Dirk Gently books are by the same author as the Hitch-hikers Guide
... the writing style and humour is distinctively by the same person, but the Dirk Gently novels are a bit less 'wacky'. Depending on your sense of humour, you might enjoy them slightly more or slightly less than the Hitch-hikers book, but either way, if you like Hitch-hikers you'll like these to some extent (I prefer them myself).
So yeah, they're sci-fi comedy. DGHDA is more science/computer-oriented, whereas LDTTotS is a bit more mythology-based. The first book is better in my opinion - the plot is more interesting (considering it's primarily a comedy, the plot was actually very good and kept me hooked - I loved the way lots of apparently very unrelated strands tied together at the end), the characters were stronger (Richard and Reg were both good) and the humour was slightly more consistent... there were a few less LOL moments than in the second one, but there was something which made me smile on nearly every page.
Maybe it's because of my background in physics and computer science, I dunno. >_> The only way in which the second novel is better is Dirk Gently himself - in the first one, he's introduced fairly late on, and you don't get a full feel for him (or see the full extent of his hilarity). But in the second one, things focus on him more, and he really comes into his own... he's a great character.
Both are worth reading, anyway, especially for any HHG fans unfamiliar with the few other things Adams did.