Category Archives: Tom Holt

Hell-thy, Wealthy, and Dead

The expression “you can’t take it with you” apparently dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, but the idea is older than that. Not all cultures have believed this, however. We know that the tombs of wealthy … Continue reading

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The Wages of Sin

Snuff Fiction, by Robert Rankin – While Rankin often employs dark humor, this one is even darker than most, focusing on the narrator’s unfortunate friendship with tobacco magnate, terrorist, and generally underhanded guy Doveston. He’s constantly helping out Doveston with … Continue reading

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Meer Adventure

Barking, by Tom Holt – This was the last of Holt’s comic fantasies that I had to read, and it’s pretty typical of him in many ways. The main protagonist is a lawyer who, when fired from his firm, joins … Continue reading

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The Resident Jinn, Number Seventy St Mary Axe

I’ve now finished with Tom Holt’s series of books centered around J.W. Wells and Company, the magical firm from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer. I had previously read The Portable Door, In Your Dreams, and The Better Mousetrap. The first … Continue reading

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Everybody Poops Genius Pieces

Little People, by Tom Holt – This fantasy story, rather less epic than many of Holt’s works, is narrated by a boy who sees elves in his garden. After being sent away to boarding school by his stepfather, he falls … Continue reading

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It’s Just a Fantasy

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, by Catherynne Valente – I believe this is officially the last book in the Fairyland series, but who knows what the future will bring? Well, maybe the marids do. Anyway, the … Continue reading

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Reading About Adventures, Rather Than Having Them

Wish You Were Here, by Tom Holt – Somewhat unusually for a Holt book, this one is set in America, specifically Lake Chicopee in Iowa. (There’s a lake of that name is Massachusetts, but not really in Iowa, as far … Continue reading

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