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Tom Holt , Raymond Sawyer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Jan 2005

Ever been offered a promotion that seems too good to be true? You know - the sort they'd be insane to be offering to someone like you. The kind where you snap their arm off to accept, then wonder why all your long-serving colleagues look secretly relieved, as if they're off some strange and unpleasant hook ...

It's the kind of trick that deeply sinister companies like J.W. Wells & Co. pull all the time. Especially with employees who are too busy mooning over the office intern to think about what they're getting into.

And it's why, right about now, Paul Carpenter is wishing he'd paid much less attention to the gorgeous Melze, and rather more to a little bit of job description small-print referring to 'pest' control ...

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753121204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753121207
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,396,782 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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A definite must for all fans of comic fantasy (ENIGMA)

Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative ... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance (SFX) --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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A wickedly funny new comic fantasy novel featuring the further adventures of Paul Carpenter, hero of THE PORTABLE DOOR. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Well firstly, this book is a follow up to The Portable Door and before you go on any further I would stress that to aid overall understanding and enjoyment of the series, I would read that one first. Also that one is a funnier book and it's always good to get you in the right frame of mind.
Now that's out of the way... In Your Dreams picks up directly where The Portable Door finishes, Paul is still working for the highly unusual city firm J.W. Wells & Co but at least is now slightly more informed as to what the firm actually does. Now if your thinking that's typical of all new starters at city firms and that eventually everyone learns how they make money out of derivatives, you are a little of the mark. Paul is developing his magical powers in the highly competitive and not to say lucrative world of, erm, well actually... What do they do again?
As you may have gathered, things are far from black and white in the world Paul and his girlfriend Sophie inhabit. So much so that the addition of Paul's company car - Monika - causes him not to feel amazement, as one might expect when you drive a sentient car, but annoyance at its - sorry her - down right obstinance. Paul is going to have to overcome far more pressing issues though, if he is going to succeed in the cut throat corporate world, and unfortunately for him when Sophie leaves him to go to the Hollywood office, he is going to have to do it alone...
In Your Dreams explores more of the magic infested world that was created in The Portable Door and also gives us more of an insight into the Senior partners, most notable Judy di Castel'Bianco and the dashing Ricky Wurmtoter, as well as his assistant Benny Shumway. These are excellent characters to explore and are really well done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it, and The Portable Door. 24 Feb 2005
Don't be put off by any mildly negative reviews you read below. This book is a joy to read. I haven't read any of Holt's other works except The Portable Door (which I ordered as soon as I'd read the first few pages of this one and realised that, no, you may not need to read one as a prelude to the other, but it does help) but, as I had done with that one once I received it, with the luxury of half a day free I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. His writing style is easy without being childish, the jokes are subtle and in context (more situations than jokes), with the effect of making this an amusing fantasy rather than a fantastic comedy. I like the fact Holt doesn't use puns to bring a wry smile, nor obvious slapstick, just a story told with the right amount of cynicysm and depth of character to keep me amused and interested. Think Terry Pratchett without the footnotes and puns, or Robert Rankin without the slightly loopy prose and, to be honest, you're probably nowhere nearer imagining Tom Holt, but I'm no good at comparing authors so you'll have to make do.
If you've read The Portable Door then it's no-brainer that this book should follow. If not, read that then read this. I'm off to hunt through some of his back-catalogue.
Incidentally, four stars rather than five, 'cos it didn't change my life, but who wants a book that does that?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it!!!! 25 Jan 2005
By dwein22
Tom Holt has definitely tried more towards serious fantasy rather than Comic Fantasy. There's more "Swords and Sorcery" fantasy than Comedy in this book.
That's not to say there's no laughs, far from it. Just far fewer than most of his previous books.
I'd say that you have to read "The Portable Door" before this book otherwise you'll have no background to the characters or the organisation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable 30 Dec 2005
This follow up from Tom's hilarious book 'the portable door' was a bit of a let down for me. I enjoyed, as i always do, his style of writting and the way his books are easy to read. But i was expecting splitting humour rather than an easy read. It is a good follow up however and i would recommend reading on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Mar 2014
By teavil
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Another excellent book by Tom Holt. This was bought by my sister when she borrowed my kindle- would definitely have bought it myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story 3 Jan 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. Great pace and fun plot twists. Looking forward to the next instalment. Never quite worked out the bicycle though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 23 April 2013
By Rowan
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Another great read from Tom Holt with his highly individual and funny train of thought evident throughout. I enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 8 April 2013
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Good to carry on the story and once again enjoying the company of characters you have come to know.
The ending left me a little, not disappointed, but flat. It is obvious now that I need to read Earth, Air, Custard Etc. to continue the story.
I like Tom Holt so he would have to write a complete bummer for me to dislike an offering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Rich comedy let down by Holt's usual shortcomings
In Your Dreams is a funny book. Make no mistake about that. It blends a lot of every day life together with magic for laughs and has a lot of Pratchett/Adams style humour from... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Martin Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Some brilliant comic scenes but too late in the story - you have to...
This is the second of Holt's books based in the offices of J.W. Wells, where the hapless Paul Carpenter is trying to find his feet as a new employee. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Andrew Dalby
3.0 out of 5 stars Why do I enjoy reading these?
This book is remarkably similar to its predecessor. Paul Carpenter is baffled by his job and falling madly in love with the new girl in the office. Read more
Published on 21 July 2010 by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads like counting sheep?
Tom Holt has been writing fantasy fiction for many years now and fans know what to expect from his work. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2007 by Sam Tyler
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Follow on from Portable Door. Not a bad book. You do starting thinking "but it's obvious you fool". A little to much focus on the character's internal dialog rather than what's... Read more
Published on 5 July 2006 by Andrew Lewin
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the portable door
Slowish start to get new readers upto speed, but a more complex and exciting read than its predessor The Portable Door. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2006 by CjW
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