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How often do you go back an reread a book? Although I’ve read alot of books over the years, as time goes on, I find that while I remember the major/minor plot lines, I often forget the little details — especially the dialog.
Douglas Adams is one of the authors that you can always reread. The way he describes objects and writes dialog has a kind of ‘going off on a tangent, while maintaining your interest and causing you to laugh’ feel.
I haven’t read Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency in about 15 years. Right now I’m rereading it (actually listening to it on audio-book).
Here’s the kind of passages that make Douglas Adams uniquely Douglas Adams.
`Well,’ said Reg, in a loudly confidential whisper, as if introducing the subject of nipple-piercing in a nunnery…
Even the skeptical mind must be prepared to accept the unacceptable when there is no alternative. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.