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The Pro's and Con's of Tom Holt,
This review is from: Dead Funny: Omnibus 1: "Flying Dutch", "Faust Among Equals" (Tom Holt Omnibus) (Paperback)
Tom Holt does have a tendency to be a bit hit or miss and sometimes really does blur the line between fantasy comedy and nerdy tedium. This collection of two of his novels managed to follow that trend almost perfectly.
Dead Funny is a amalgamation of Faust Amongst Equals and The Flying Dutchman with (in my opinion) Faust Amongst Equals being the superior book. If I was rating them separately I would put 4 stars on Faust and 3 on the Dutchman, overall I would say the combination is a 3.4/5.
The books are easy to read, have smatterings of hilarity and at times are cleverly conceived. Both books however suffer with trying to get too clever with themselves and do become over elaborate but this is just the style of Tom Holt's writing - don't hold it against him.
If you have enjoyed his previous (or subsequent) novels, or for that matter enjoy Terry Pratchett's novels then I would recommend it. If you are a first time reader I would consider starting with The Portable Door, which gives you a good insight to where Holt's writing will take you.