Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Being a big fan of Douglas Adams, with “The Hitichhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” my all time favourite book, I had always wanted to read “Dirk Gently”, but somehow just never got around to it. I finally got around to it, and it’s very similar in genre, being a sci-fi comedy, but I felt it was not even close to being in the same league as hitch hikers.

It’s a bizarre story, that claims there is a interconnectedness to even the most seemingly random things, and he uses this to stitch together very random elements together into a barely coherent story. For the overwhelming majority of the book it seems very aimless and just meanders until about the last twenty pages where it all comes together into an odd conclusion. It kind of felt like Adams had a publisher deadline he had to meet so he quickly wrapped things up before the courier arrived.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I just finished this Booker Prize winning novel that Louise recommended to me about an Indian kid who survives at sea in a life boat with a Bengal tiger for 7 months. If it sounds like a weird premise for a book, you’d be right. I liked the book, it was written well and was quite an engrossing narrative, but when I put the book down, I thought to myself, what the hell??

Thematically it is first and foremost about spirituality, the book claims that it is a story that will make you believe in God. I wouldn’t go that far, but I would say it’s worth reading if the opportunity presents itself. Definite Book Club fodder because it will leave you wanting to talk to someone about it and figure out exactly what the hell is going on.