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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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可能是我的期待太高了,不知道为什么这一本Dirk Gently的第二本的故事我读的没那么喜欢。雷神现代下凡的点子,应该算是DNA比较早提出来的吧,但是我对书中的这个雷神的形象有一点难以定位。书中花了很多笔墨把雷神和女主Kate凑在一起讲故事,但是却没什么感受到两者之间的火花。Kate和Dirk在一起的时候,虽然比较短暂,反而觉得蛮亲切的,让我想到了John Scalzi的《The Android’s Dream》在女主身份觉醒之前和男主的互动,果然两人的笔风有相似之处。


Nobleness was one word for making a fuss about the trivial inevitabilities of life, but there were others.

But if no private detective looks like a private detective, how does a private detective know what it is he’s supposed not to look like?

It’s the first thing any publisher looks for in a new author. Not, ‘Is his stuff any good?’ or, ‘Is his stuff any good once you get rid of all the adjectives?’ but, ‘Is his last name nice and short and his first name just a bit longer?’

I reject that (Sherlock Holmes principle) entirely. The impossible often has a kind of integreity to it which the merely improbable lacks. How often have you been presented with an apparently rational explanation of something which works in all respects other than one, which is just that it is hopelessly improbable?

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