Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon too Short, by Arvind Ethan David, illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis

From my teen years forward, Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker trilogy has been a book series I could read over and over again without getting tired of it.  His Dirk Gently books were not quite as memorable, but were brilliant and worth reading again and again.  Now, years after Adams's untimely death, Dirk Gently lives on, in TV productions and in comics.

In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon too Short, Dirk investigates mysterious losses of voice.  Whole families, and, in Africa, a whole village, who now can't make a sound.  He somehow makes random connections, leading to a rather ludicrous conclusion that somehow makes a little bit of sense.

David and team capture the personality and randomness of Dirk Gently in a way that honors Adams's character.  While I don't believe they measure up to Douglas Adams's humor and brilliance, this comic series is fun.  I think Adams would be pleased.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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