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3.0 out of 5 stars Some brilliant comic scenes but too late in the story - you have to persevere., 29 Nov 2011
This review is from: In Your Dreams (Paperback)
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. He knows that he has magic in his blood but he doesn't know how far it will take him. How should he use his powers? Is he really suited for pest control? Has he got what it takes to be a hero?

The idea behind the books is brilliant and the plot-lines are great but the problem is that for a large part of the book Paul is a very dreary and unsympathetic character and this puts you off. You really don't care if his life gets messed up. The problem is that this is part of the plot and all becomes much clearer at the end. His dreams and his desires all make sense but you have to read 350 pages to get any sort of clue. The later scenes with Mr Dao and uncle Ernie are comic brilliance and laugh out loud funny - especially after the intervention of Ricky Wormtotter. But for me it takes too long to get there. It might be that having not read the portable door I cannot appreciate Paul as a character, but as a stand-alone it just doesn't captivate the reader and make you want to read more. As part of the series it will be much stronger and I half want to know the rest of the secrets of J.W.Wells (Wells is the Sorcerer from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta of that name).
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