You Don't Have To Be Evil To Work Here, But It Helps Paperback – 2 Nov 2006
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Praise for IN YOUR DREAMS: 'Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative ... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance' SFX Praise for Tom Holt: 'Uniquely twisted ... cracking gags' Rob Grant, THE GUARDIAN, 'Frantically wacky and wilfully confusing ... gratifyingly clever and very amusing' MAIL ON SUNDAY, 'Frothy, fast and funny' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY, 'Dazzling' TIME OUT --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Removing the main 2 characters and replacing them with 2 new, less well imagined ones, along with using the bit parts from the previous novels to fill in the spaces....Yawn.
I struggled to motivate myself to read the last chapter, in fact, I nearly didn't, it was so obvious.
I loved the first four J Wells novels, but this one seemed empty.
"Earth air,fire and custard" was supposed to be the finale, and resurrecting it was a mistake.
Tom Holt is excellent at what he does, and I personally rated the J. Wells series as his best....until now.
Even the bit part characters lost their sparkle, they were just too predictable.
However, if you want it in your collection for completeness, buy it, there are far worse out there.
Colin Hollinghead is the son and heir of Colin Hollinghead (different middle name) and works in a widget factory. A widget factory that isn't doing well, not well at all. In fact like the majority of the manufacturing industry in a service driven economy it is on its arse but can a contract drawn up by the oddly captivating Cassie at said JWW make all the difference to Hollinghead young & old?
Well as it’s a contract from JWW you know it’s gonna bite someone…
Onwards and upwards as they say! Well onwards anyway. This book is going to draw comparisons to the previous series and in my opinion rightly so, the main characters – in this case Colin & Famine – do feel like slightly more impressive versions of Paul & Sophie – almost as if Tom Holt as built version 1.1.3 and improved it slightly to come up with version 1.1.3a… Its no huge jump, they are both a bit dim and not 100% likable but are infinitely less dime and more likable than their predecessors. I love this twist with Cassie (I won’t ruin it) and both Connie and Benny have some stunning scenes.Read more ›
‘You Don’t Have to Be Evil to Work Here, but It Helps’, or ‘YDHTBETWHBIT’ for short, or ‘Y’ for even shorter, is a pseudo sequel to Holt’s earlier trilogy about J W Wells and Co – a finance style company that deals in the magical, such as Faustian pacts and killing dragons. Colin finds himself wrapped up with JWW when his dad approaches them about helping their widget business. If that sounds all a little dull, you would be right and the book manages to take the magical and make it mundane.
The humour in the book is to be derived from how Hellions are basically as wrapped up in red tape as we are. The problem with red tape is that it can be complex and confusing – this makes the plot of ‘Y’ hard to follow at times. Also, jettisoning some of the characters from the first books for what appears to be very similar characters feels completely pointless. This is a sequel that was not really required as the other books did not really grab the attention. Holt was a very interesting fantasy writer back in the 90s, when each book was set in a different place, but now that he has honed in on JWW his material is getting very stale. This is one to miss, expect for core fans of the author.
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I love his style! and he is easing the pain of a good man's passing by Old Timer's Disease.Published 6 months ago by The Dalai Farmer
I am a Tom Holt fan so enjoyed this book. Downloaded to my Kindle, so instant gratification and will no doubt get the next Tom Holt that is published.Published on 6 Sept. 2013 by Margaret
As the previous one, very enjoyable read. Looking forward to reading some more of his books soon, hopefully during Christmas!Published on 14 Dec. 2012 by Josefa Lourido-Martinez
An easy read, but very confused. I'd worked out most of the plot outline within the first quarter of the book, but there were so many loose ends it just spoiled the whole thing. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2011 by A customer
Excellent Tom Holt novel...... you do not have to have read his other novels to enjoy this one.Published on 14 Oct. 2010 by Mrs. S. Markham