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You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps [Kindle Edition]

Tom Holt
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Colin Hollinghead is a young man going nowhere fast. Working for his dad might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but starting at the bottom in the widget-making industry has somehow lost its appeal.

And now the business is in trouble. At least his father has a plan to turn things round - a new work force that will improve profit margins and secure the company’s future for eternity. The deal looks great on paper, but they do say that the devil is in the detail - and the old rogue certainly seems to be involved in some capacity.

Colin needs help. Perhaps his new friend from J.W. Wells & Co. (Practical and Effective Magicians, Sorcerers and Supernatural Consultants) can help.

Sparkling with wit and oozing charm, Tom Holt’s new comic caper will delight his readers and prove once and for all that going to work can actually be hell.

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Praise for IN YOUR DREAMS: 'Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative ... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance' SFX Praise for Tom Holt: 'Uniquely twisted ... cracking gags' Rob Grant, THE GUARDIAN, 'Frantically wacky and wilfully confusing ... gratifyingly clever and very amusing' MAIL ON SUNDAY, 'Frothy, fast and funny' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY, 'Dazzling' TIME OUT

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A hilarious new comic novel from a writer whose popularity is growing faster than ever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZS9Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Holt's first book was published when he was just thirteen and, to his horror, he was hailed as an infant prodigy. While studying at Oxford, however, he discovered bar billiards and turned from poetry to comic fiction.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back sorcerers alike, all is forgiven… 14 Mar. 2006
[Insert Title Here (I can't be bothered to write it each time…)] is a quasi sequel to the funny, but slightly flat feeling Paul Carpenter trilogy. It isn't a proper sequel as frankly the majority of the characters don't appear in this book and the lead himself is a completely different person but it is a sequel in terms of the setting – the inimitable J.W. Wells & Co; sorcerers or business consultants; depends on your point of view really… – it can be deemed a sequel.
Colin Hollinghead is the son and heir of Colin Hollinghead (different middle name) and works in a widget factory. A widget factory that isn't doing well, not well at all. In fact like the majority of the manufacturing industry in a service driven economy it is on its arse but can a contract drawn up by the oddly captivating Cassie at said JWW make all the difference to Hollinghead young & old?
Well as it’s a contract from JWW you know it’s gonna bite someone…
Onwards and upwards as they say! Well onwards anyway. This book is going to draw comparisons to the previous series and in my opinion rightly so, the main characters – in this case Colin & Famine – do feel like slightly more impressive versions of Paul & Sophie – almost as if Tom Holt as built version 1.1.3 and improved it slightly to come up with version 1.1.3a… Its no huge jump, they are both a bit dim and not 100% likable but are infinitely less dime and more likable than their predecessors. I love this twist with Cassie (I won’t ruin it) and both Connie and Benny have some stunning scenes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A step too far. 8 Aug. 2006
Sorry, I loved the previous novels,but this one took an idea that was well past it's sell-by and stretched it into another novel.

Removing the main 2 characters and replacing them with 2 new, less well imagined ones, along with using the bit parts from the previous novels to fill in the spaces....Yawn.

I struggled to motivate myself to read the last chapter, in fact, I nearly didn't, it was so obvious.

I loved the first four J Wells novels, but this one seemed empty.

"Earth air,fire and custard" was supposed to be the finale, and resurrecting it was a mistake.

Tom Holt is excellent at what he does, and I personally rated the J. Wells series as his best....until now.

Even the bit part characters lost their sparkle, they were just too predictable.

However, if you want it in your collection for completeness, buy it, there are far worse out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny! 17 Oct. 2011
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You need a twisted sense of humor for this, but if you enjoy sneaky, when-you-least-expect-it black humor, pick up this book now! I chose it solely on the basis of the title (I mean, come on!), and I was richly rewarded. Take something boring, like the running of a business and the inner workings of a law firm, add a pact with the Devil, and get ready to laugh out loud while reading. I don't want to give too much away, but this book takes a completely preposterous premise and acts like it's completely pedestrian - and the result is absolutely hilarious! I definitely recommend it but -again- only if you enjoy the weird and abdurdly funny.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Obvious plot. In need of better editorial. 21 Oct. 2011
An easy read, but very confused. I'd worked out most of the plot outline within the first quarter of the book, but there were so many loose ends it just spoiled the whole thing. There was the second tree in the factory - the first tree, nicely explained, the second really jarred as 'Oscar' should have twigged straight away what was going on. The there was the constantly changing shops - no explanation. And the auditor's final party - again, no explanation.
Sorry, Tom, but this really could have done with a lot more editorial work on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read 6 Sept. 2013
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I am a Tom Holt fan so enjoyed this book. Downloaded to my Kindle, so instant gratification and will no doubt get the next Tom Holt that is published.
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