Aloha, readers! Do we have a book for you! A time-traveling professor, a missing cat, ghosts, electric monks, and a spaceship with aliens! Goodness!
Well, not only do you get to read this book but it is coming to television at the end of October! The book, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” is a humorous novel by Douglas Adams. It is a good chance you may have heard of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by British author Douglas Adams (or perhaps the Hollywood movie version). For author Douglas Adams, the extraordinary success of his first zany-science-fiction-comedy novel opened the door for him to tell an array of other equally-wacky stories, and this is one!
This part-science-fiction, part-fantasy, part-comedy, part-something is a very, very quirky tale set on Earth, where the strange and unusual collide.
One young man, Dirk Gently (who owns a detective agency), sets out to solve a mystery of a missing cat which amazingly leads to his interaction with a time-traveling professor whose room is actually a time-machine, ghosts who influence classical literature, and even aliens from millions of years ago whose spaceship blew up on the Earth and accidentally created the human race!
The mystery keeps thumping along as Dirk Gently’s applies his method of the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things” to bring together these odd and disparate parts.
Fans of the BBC television show “Doctor Who” might be fascinated to learn that not only was Douglas Adams the series story editor for a year on the show, but two of those episodes became the genesis that inspired the creation of this stand-out novel.
Ready for a fantastic adventure? Pick this book up. It is sure to be a ride that you’ll never forget!
Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.