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Originally Posted by Scooter
Originally Posted by Zeke
By the way, that round of Dirk Gently references makes me wonder -- what do you guys think of it? I've only read the first one so far, and it was great stuff, but I found the ending really, really fanboyish. (Bach was a great composer, to be sure, but blessed with the music of the spheres?)
The problem with the first Dirk Gently book is that it's a recycling of a Doctor Who script on which production was started but never completed ("Shada"). So the original inspiration had to be revised and redirected, and the book ended up being a hybrid that didn't have its own soul (though it still has some great moments).

For this reason, imho, the second Gently novel, which grew out of the character and not the need to recycle a story, is superior to the first.
Life, the Universe and Everything was a recycled DW script too, y'know

It's very Adamsy. It's very funny. It's utterly insane. I prefer "The Long, Dark Teatime of the soul."
O to be wafted away
From this black aceldama of sorrow;
Where the dust of an earthy today
Is the earth of a dusty tomorrow!
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