This book by Douglas Adams is as crazy as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The only difference is that while Hitchhiker’s is completely crazy, Dirk Gently is crazy with a more organised plot.
These self-help books operate with a very simple strategy. They tell you stuff that’s quite obvious. So obvious that you can’t deny them. You’d be a fool if you deny them. And then, they pile up loads of anecdotes, examples and case studies to further elucidate those basic points.
Based on the cover design, I thought this will turn out to be a quirky and fun mystery novel. Something along the lines of Nury Vittachi’s Feng Shui detective. But, I was wrong.
Allan’s requirements are very simple. As long as he gets vodka at regular intervals, and he doesn’t hear anyone talk politics, he can lead a peaceful life.
Dear Santa, I know you don’t exist. But, somehow after reading my friend Vaishnavi Nair’s novel, I’m in the mood to write you a letter.
This book is made up of interconnected short stories that are about men and women, who’re either lost in life or feel empty inside or are unsure of their identities and what to call their home.
Wanted to read stories by Thi. Janakiraman, after writer Baskar Sakthi recommended him, for the natural dialogues he writes.
What I admire the most about Asimov is that if he sets a story in the future, he is able to add so much detail to it that it feels real and possible.
The one portion where Asimov’s talent shines through is the portion in which Joseph Schwartz, a simple tailor from the 1960s, who gets teleported to the distant future, begins to realize his mind’s powers (after being treated by the Synapsifier) and how he learns the ways of the new world.