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The Outsorcerer's Apprentice [Kindle Edition]

Tom Holt
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Tom Holt may be the most imaginative satirist to land on our shores since Douglas Adams."


-Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author



A HAPPY WORKFORCE, IT IS SAID, IS A PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE.



Try telling that to an army of belligerent goblins. Or the Big Bad Wolf. Or a professional dragon slayer. Who is looking after their well-being? Who gives a damn about their intolerable working conditions, lack of adequate health insurance, and terrible coffee in the canteen?



Thankfully, with access to an astonishingly diverse workforce and limitless natural resources, maximizing revenue and improving operating profit has never really been an issue for the one they call "the Wizard." Until now.



Because now a perfectly good business model-based on sound fiscal planning, entrepreneurial flair, and only one or two of the infinite parallel worlds that make up our universe-is about to be disrupted by a young man not entirely aware of what's going on.



There's also a slight risk that the fabric of reality will be torn to shreds. You really do have to be awfully careful with these things.



PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF TOM HOLT:



"Place this title alongside Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens [and] Pratchett's Discworld series."


LIBRARY JOURNAL (STARRED REVIEW)



"Wacky humor bubbles through the polished narrative . . . Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance." SFX


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Book Description

A story of overlords, underlings and inhuman resources, The Outsorcerer's Apprentice is
the hilarious new novel from comic fantasist Tom Holt.

From the Back Cover

"Tom Holt may be the most imaginative satirist to land on our shores since Douglas Adams."

-Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author

A HAPPY WORKFORCE, IT IS SAID, IS A PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE.

Try telling that to an army of belligerent goblins. Or the Big Bad Wolf. Or a professional dragon slayer. Who is looking after their well-being? Who gives a damn about their intolerable working conditions, lack of adequate health insurance, and terrible coffee in the canteen?

Thankfully, with access to an astonishingly diverse workforce and limitless natural resources, maximizing revenue and improving operating profit has never really been an issue for the one they call "the Wizard." Until now.

Because now a perfectly good business model-based on sound fiscal planning, entrepreneurial flair, and only one or two of the infinite parallel worlds that make up our universe-is about to be disrupted by a young man not entirely aware of what's going on.

There's also a slight risk that the fabric of reality will be torn to shreds. You really do have to be awfully careful with these things.

PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF TOM HOLT:

"Place this title alongside Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens [and] Pratchett's Discworld series."

LIBRARY JOURNAL (STARRED REVIEW)

"Wacky humor bubbles through the polished narrative . . . Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance." SFX


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1043 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0356502546
  • Publisher: Orbit (15 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GEESBAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Outsorcerer's Apprentice 17 Aug. 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is another great Tom Holt book; his early books were great, but for a while there they seemed to go a bit flat. His latest three books - Doughnut, When It's a Jar, and this one are all great and he is clearly back on top form.

It makes sense to read Doughnut and When It's a Jar before reading this one, primarily because this one against touches on multiverse theories, and there's an ongoing theme again with the doughnuts (you'll know what I mean if you have already read the previous two books). I think you could read this one as a standalone, but I'm sure you'd understand the context of it a lot better if you read the previous two first.

There are dragons, knights, woodcutters rescuing damsels from ravenous wolves dressed in the clothing of old ladies, wizards, goblins, dwarves and elves aplenty in this book. It takes a few chapters before you can see where the story might be going, but it's an enjoyable journey all the way through. There are plenty of laughs, and plenty of completely odd characters to enjoy the story with - I particularly had a soft spot for the goblin king Mordak, and you will find a couple of other characters from the previous two books who turn up again as well. Always good for a laugh, this book is definitely a great Tom Holt. Thoroughly enjoyable, and a very funny ending. It's good to see him on a roll again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good 12 Sept. 2014
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Despite some of other reviews, I found this much easier to follow than its precursors in the 'doughnut' series. Funny, imaginative, readable. Sure, it's not high literature, but it passes a few hours pleasurably, and it was the most enjoyable Tom Holt book I've read since 'Blonde Bombshell' - and, unlike some Holt fantasy novels, the ending wasn't disappointing either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 21 Aug. 2014
By Keith B
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Tom Holt continues his wandering through the superbly surreal surroundings of his fantasy worlds. This one appeals to me more than the last couple he has written and I was gripped by the narrative and engaged in the story more. I was expecting something better (if you will pardon the pun), but he has got back on track. To fully understand the references and plot line, it helps if you have read "Doughnut" - but it isn't essential (and if you are a Tom Holt fan you will have read it already anyway).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Just doesn't really work tongue either too far in cheek or not far enough in, felt it was produced by rote rather then any real idea behind it. competently written and sometimes funny but overall a thin idea, that would probably have suited as a novella or longish short story rather than a full blown novel. None of the originality of earlier works
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good but do Doughnut first 24 April 2015
By PeteGaz
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If you are reading this then you are interested in Tom Holt books and will probably know the story line. Won't spoil that for you but you need to read / listen to Doughnut first.
All I will say is that Ray Sawyer, the narrator, does have a range of different voices for the characters and is quite good, but if you listen to the Terry Pratchet talking books, he's nowhere near as good as Nigel Planer who is superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Holt - Great fun as always! 11 Aug. 2014
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Great fun as always! A follow up from Doughnut - totally different but just as good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 15 Nov. 2014
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I haven't read a Holt book in a while, and I was pleasantly surprised by this. It's laugh-out-loud funny in parts, and very engaging. I enjoyed it a lot. I usually read Pritchett when I'm in the mood for comic fantasy, but I think I'll be switching to Tom Holt in future!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Holt humour 15 April 2015
By BobH
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Kept me reading but nothing new which can be a plus and a minus. You know what you are getting and the threads from previous books work but at the same time I felt I'd been here before - maybe I've read too many of his books, or looked through too many toroids :)
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