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Little People

Little People [Kindle Edition]

Tom Holt
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Superbly funny BOOKS MAGAZINE A brilliantly imaginative tale with an unexpected final twist THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE Brilliantly funny MAIL ON SUNDAY Wildly imaginative NEW SCIENTIST

Book Description

Brilliant and outrageously funny comic fantasy - Tom Holt on top form.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,864 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Gem 28 Feb 2006
By deadteddy VINE VOICE
This is the first Tom Holt book I've read and wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I've got to be honest, it took me a little while to get into Holt's style of writing but once I'd got over that fence what was left was a good read. The story was inventive and often very funny and some of the turn of phrases are as good as you'll read. On the whole I thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm not claiming this is a masterpiece but it is certainly well worth a read if you enjoy this kind of genre.
This is the story of Mike who as an 8 year old boy saw an elf, this sighting dictated his life over the years and would eventually become a major part of it and change it in ways he could never have guessed. We follow Mike on a journey as he struggles with love, elves and his stepfather.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best 23 Jun 2008
Being a big fan of Tom Holt, I can safely say that this by far is not his best. Although the story is original as ever, it seems to take ages to get from point A to B. The narrative is quite long and I found myself skipping pages/paragraphs, which was a first after having read eight of Holt's books. Unlike other books like Faust Among Equals and Flying Dutch (to name a few), this story does not hook you and you can easily drop the book at any point during the read to pick it up a month later if you felt like it. So my advice would be to avoid this in order not be disappointed given the great work he usually produces. For first time readers, looking for recommendations, try Faust Among Equals.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 8 May 2003
By A Customer
The main character is typical Tom Holt, he is odd and likeable and more stumbles into being a hero than tries to be one.
There are a lot of laughs and the pace is nice and relaxed, the ending is quite unusual too. There is a lot of jokes revolving aroung whether elves are nice or nasty and whether people are the same.
Basically, it's another Tom Holt special, if you liked his other books you'll like this one, if you haven't read his other books there is no harm starting here!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 26 Jun 2011
This was the first of his books that I have read. It was a fun read, but his style is different to other books and takes getting used to. I plan to read another of his books, but it is not number one on my list.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little People, Short on Laughs 28 Aug 2007
This work, by popular fantasy author Tom Holt is an odd book; Unevenly paced with rather unattractive characters who fail to engage the reader's sympathy, it suffers from a deflating ending and too much pseudo explanation of the physics of Fairyland.

It does have the advantages of being genuinely unpredicatable and of actually having things the author wants to say.

Holt seems to be working briskly through some family issues in the book, the father figure is comprehensively undermined, the mother dismissed out of hand as unloved. Some of these passages, particularly where "Daddy George" is subjected to a dehumanising process are a disturbing read.

Ultimately, Tom Holt apparently is rejecting fantasy worlds here. Biting the hand that feeds him, perhaps.The bland, sugar sweet Fairyland is contrasted sharply with the more mundane world, which is nasty and brutish but at least has some meaning. Tellingly, the only environment where Mike, our unimpressive half elven hero, is shown to be anything approaching happy is when he works on a never ending production line with miserable co-workers putting left shoes in boxes. Real life is all we have, Holt suggests; make the best of it,escaping to perfect alternatives is not a option.

Truly a very British book. A brave stab at attacking fantasy works considering the author's other works. Even so, a few more laughs would have been welcome.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 2 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Arrived promptly, in an ok condition, but the older version of book cover, rather than it's newer one. Slightly yellowing pages, but otherwise in good condition. Good for the price!
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