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Grailblazers [Paperback]

Tom Holt
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19 May 1994
Fifteen hundred years have passed and the Holy Grail is still missing, presumed ineffable. The knights have dumped the quest and now deliver pizzas, while the sinister financial services of the lost kingdom of Atlantis threatens the universe with fiscal Armageddon.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (19 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857231910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857231915
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic starting point 31 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
My parents got me hooked on Tom Holt a few years ago and, being in that wonderful transitional phase between boy and man, found something other than girls to occupy my time. A fresh take on the grail legend is wonderfully coupled with a 'unique' kind of wit that appeals to everyone. Read on and find out why no-one can find Atlantis (it moves around for tax reasons), what the knights of the grail really got up to and the whole truth about santa claus and why you hope you're asleep when he comes...
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy smiling, laughing even, read this 16 Jan 2003
Format:Hardcover
Set in modern times, it becomes important to find the Holy Grail, which means that the Grail Knights, who have been generally keeping their heads down and surviving for the last 1500 years, must be called into action once they have a leader. He (Boamund, or snotty to his companions) is duly awakened from a 1 1/2 millennium slumber and the quest begins. This is Tom Holt at his best and is really very amusing, brilliant in places.
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Format:Paperback
Sir Boamund and his order of knights are off to search for the holy grail but first they need to follow the holy shopping list or a list to that effect. Following being asleep in his armour for 1500 years a major pins and needles session is on before the adventure begins.... General Hilarity ensues as the knights begin their quest for the grail...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing 25 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
but not the best of Mr.Holt's efforts. I laboured through some of the book but it did amuse overall. I have liked everything else I have read by Tom Holt and am now reading the second book of the Portable door trilogy and much enjoyment is found there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back in form! 26 Oct 2002
By Glen Engel Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm glad I didn't give up on Holt. Although this isn't his best (I'd probably pick Goatsong for that distinction, with Expecting Someone Taller close by), it's a far cry better than the mixed-up hodge-podge that marked Here Comes the Sun and Overtime. Holt's back to formula here, and maybe that's why it works; in this one, a knight from the Arthurian Age is awakened to take charge of the order of the Knights of the Holy Grail. First, he's got to get the rest of the order interested in the quest again, because they have gotten tired of it and become pizza delivery drivers and would-be West End actors.
Holt also plays with largely literary characters here a la Kim Newman or Howard Waldrop. His revisionist history of the jolly old man in the red suit is a special lark, as is his take on Lyonnesse. Well-read fantasy readers (and by that I mean the classics, not the modern stuff) will probably get a lot more out of Holt's allusion play in this regard than I did. In fact, I felt like I was rereading Myers Myers' Silverlock at times because of that distressing feeling that I should know this character, and yet couldn't place it.
Unfortunately, Holt's still jumping all over the place in telling the story. Multiple points of view and quick cuts, as I described for his last two books, take a toll on the reader here as well. As I said before, pyrotechnics are fine when one is sure that they aren't standing in the middle of the firing field. Er, that is to say, it takes a stable base to get away with double-back somersaults.
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Holt 22 May 2011
By Hank Quense - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A typical Tom Holt book: hilarious and off-the-wall. Not for readers who want a straight-forward plot and story. Holt's story takes a number of devilish turns. One of the characters is a count who has been cursed by having to deliver toys to all the kids in the world one night a year.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jacket Description 31 Aug 2006
By HCL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
1500 years have passed and the Grail is still missing, presumed ineffable; the Knights have dumped the Quest and now deliver pizzas; the sinister financial services industry of the lost kingdom of Atlantis threatens the universe with fiscal Armageddon; while in the background lurks the dark, brooding, red-caped presences of Father Christmas.
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