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Three Mini-Reviews

Posted by Caitie F on December 22, 2012

Title: August is a Wicked Month13577033
Author: Edna O’Brien
E-Book: 168 pages
Pub Year:  1965
Rating: +

Short summary:

Separated from her husband, and with her young son away on a camping trip, Ellen decides to flee her lonely London home, naively pursuing “a jaunt into iniquity” along France’s Mediterranean coast. But will she find the escape she longs for, or the entrapment she so deeply fears?


This is the worst book I read all year. Maybe it was feminist and great in 1965, but now it is cheesy and pathetic. It was incredibly predictable. I went into it knowing nothing and within the first five pages already knew what was going to be the turning point.

The only reason I finished the book is because it was so short. Stay away from this book unless you like annoying characters and ridiculous sex scenes!

Title: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency358
Author: Douglas Adams
Hardcover: 247 pages
Pub Year: 1987
Rating: +++

Short summary: Detective Gently whizzes about the world, the universe, and time itself as a group of eccentric characters help him find an eccentric cat, solve a murder, and save the human race.


The problem reading anything by Douglas Adams is that it is automatically compared to  Hitchhiker’s Guide and nothing of his compares to that book.

That isn’t to say that it wasn’t enjoyable, it was, but my expectations were too high. Gently is a great character, btu doesn’t come into the novel until much too late. I awnted more of him and less of everythign else since he is the title character nad the name of the series.

It was still a funny and fast book that science fiction fans will enjoy!

Title: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul862856
Author: Douglas Adams
Hardcover: 319 pages
Pub Year: 1988
Rating: ++++

Short summary: When a passenger check-in desk at London’s Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo? And what has this to do with Dirk’s latest–and late–client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record “Hot Potato”?

Review: I started this the day after I read the first one and I have to say I enjoyed it even more. It reminded me of American Gods only this was first and better. It was fun and I breezed through it. It also had one of the best opening lines.

The secondary characters were just as great as Dirk Gently in this one and it was more engaging and more fun. This is a great series and I am glad I read it!

Though I will say – these covers are terrible@


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