Maurice has just killed a dragon with a breadknife. And had his destiny foretold...and had his true love spirited away. That's precisely the sort of stuff that'd bring out the latent heroism in anyone. Unfortunately, Maurice is pretty sure he hasn't got any latent heroism.
Meanwhile, a man wakes up in a jar in a different kind of pickle (figuratively speaking). He can't get out, of course, but neither can he remember his name, or what gravity is, or what those things on the ends on his legs are called...and every time he starts working it all out, someone makes him forget again. Forget everything. Only one thing might help him. The answer to the most baffling question of all. When Is A Door Not A Door?
An absurdly witty novel of alternate universes and very unlikely heroes from one of Britain's best-loved comic writers - perfect for fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett
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Sadly this book drones on and on and is not helped by the narrator's annoying voice characterisations. You could doze off halfway though and not notice the gap in the story.
The book before this, "Doughnut", was not as good as its predecessors and in this book references are made to it, previous stories and said doughnuts and their function, but I think Tom Holt could rejig his usually startling imagination.
His ironic style is still in evidence and there are some wonderful one-liners, but the story moves so very slowly, like a tired snail attempting to scale the summit of a cell-phone repeater tower when the drizzle fades leaving the gastropod stuck halfway up, the clouds are evaporating, the dehydrating summer sun is beginning to beat down and it thinks to itself (in Ray Sawyer's annoying nasal twang) "I should have listened to my gran when she said "You are no Edmund Hillary, don't do it even if it IS there!", (actually my snail is more interesting than the wretched "hero" of Tom's book!).
I first encountered Tom Holt when I bought "Of Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Sausages" then "The Portable Door", I found both highly entertaining, original and worth recommending. "Barking"and "In Your Dreams" were quite good too.
Unfortunately this book is neither original nor entertaining and I shall "return" it.
Its a continuation of the You Space story and very Holt, especially how believable the paralel worlds are.
Very Holt and full of believable twists but a bit complex, looses its way a little and misses the humour of other Holt work which I would recommend first.
Clear. Good characterization.
Discworld meets our world.
Glad I read it and a big Holt fan.
Not one of Mr Holt's best but listenable to all the same. Why choose this book for Audible i don't know, he's wrote better. The narration however is superb. Characters come to life in Ray Sawyer's narrative.
Putting a new spin on an old joke is clever, but you have to listen to the story carefully, otherwise you tend to lose track of what's going on where and what's happening to whom, hence being slightly dis-jointed.
Please give us more of the Holt/Sawyer partnership, but choose more carefully next time.
(J W Wells series as an example. Superb books and narration).
The clever spin on the old joke.
All of Ray Sawyers narrations are excellent. Modulation is very effective.
Only to keep checking for new Holt/Sawyer books.
Please can we have more of Mr Holt's works, or is Mr Robert Rankin taking over the microphones and won't let anybody else have a go. (joke). Have all his book also.
The problem with Tom Holt's books is once you have finished listening to it your desperate for more even though it's 3am cats yowling for food and your mental to go to work in a couple of hours. !
can't recommend enough yawn
A reader of science fiction and other speculative musings for more than 40 years, I'm most fond of the grand themes found in space opera.
Imagine a 4x4 driver whizzing into a carpark at their usual high speed. They collide with something solid and immovable, spilling their skinny latte all over their iPhone 6. This novel is even funnier than that.
Maybe by the narrator, but probably not by Tom Holt
The narrator was great, no issues with him
The book tried too hard to be funny, in the end ended up disjointed, not funny and not really making sense. I love Douglas Adams, I love Terry Pratchett, I love Haruki Murakami, all disjointed books that challenge reality, but they succeed. This book - horrible.
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