This is one hell of a strange novel that shouldn’t work, but does. Featuring time travel, an electric monk, missing cats, and a horse in a bathroom, Dirk Gently feels like a somewhat Frankensteined book for the majority of the story. What a fun mishmash this is, though. The characters are entertainingly oddball, the titular detective feels like a slacker Sherlock Holmes, and the disparate elements all coalesce into one whole to solve the central mystery.
Adams’ writing is funny and quick, which makes reading this novel a hell of a lot of fun. I found myself chuckling frequently, and found the characters endearing. I feel like this is definitely a piece of literature you have to read multiple times to fully appreciate what Adams is trying to convey and to work out some of the more confusing plot elements, which some may (scratch that, WILL) find cumbersome. This definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you love science fiction and mystery novels, this is one you should definitely check out. I can’t wait to continue Dirk Gently’s saga.