Doughnut Paperback – 5 Mar 2013
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"Wacky humor bubbles through the polished narrative ... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance."-- "SFX"
"Uniquely twisted...cracking gags..."
-- The Guardian (UK)
"Frantically wacky and willfully confusing...gratifyingly clever and very amusing."-- Mail on Sunday
"Tom Holt's "Doughnut" presents a roller-coaster ride through the world of physics and the origins of the universe." ""Library Journal"""
""Blonde Bombshell" is a clever, funny, tirelessly inventive, apocalyptic leg-hump of a book."
"Christopher Moore, "New York Times "bestselling author""
"Tom Holt's Doughnut presents a roller-coaster ride through the world of physics and the origins of the universe." Library Journal"
"A light read from the prolific humorist; a romp round the multiverse." SFX on Doughnut"
"Like the deep-fried snack after which it's named, this sic-fi novel is sweet and fun." Sun (UK) on Doughnut"
"Holt adds to his repertoire of comedic sf, one of the most difficult genera acts to master. Theo is an engaging hero; his brilliance is counteracted by his laziness and his compassion, which is matched by his sense of survival. Place this title alongside Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens, Pratchett's "Discworld" series, and the absurdist works of mainstream authors such as John Barth and Gilbert Sorrentino." Library Journal (Starred Review) on Doughnut"
"One for physicists as well s Krispy Kreme-loving policemen." T3 on Doughnut"
"Blonde Bombshell is a clever, funny, tirelessly inventive, apocalyptic leg-hump of a book."
Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From one of the best-loved comic writers in fantasy fiction comes another absurdly witty science fiction title - perfect for fans of Douglas Adams or Terry PratchettSee all Product description
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It isn't possible to describe the story without giving away key plot points and I don't want to spoil the limited enjoyment that there is to behad from this book. Suffice to say it requires the hero to hop about between dimensions risking life and limb as he tries to work out what's going on. In the end I found that I didn't really care any more and only wanted the story to end.
The characters are shallow and self interested to the point where I couldn't take any interest in them. None, including the protagonist, is sufficiently engaging for me to engage with them in any way. There is a bit of drama, but as we find out quite early on in the story out that there's always a way for the protagonist to escape it means what ever drama there is is limited. At best the story is a puzzle to be solved, and I can get a better puzzle on the back page of any daily newspaper.
Theo Bernstein is a physicist who has a great life until he blows up the Very Very Large Hadron Collider, and some portion of Switzerland to boot. His wife leaves him, he loses all his money, and finds himself working in a slaughterhouse. So far, so bad. Then his friend and mentor Professor Pieter van Goyen dies and leaves Theo a legacy. Theo has no idea what to do with the legacy, and by the time he finds out, he is quite sure he doesn't actually want it. In fact, working at the slaughterhouse is starting to look pretty good again.
And the doughnut? Well, you just have to read the book for yourself to find out why that's so important.
This is a great book; Tom Holt is in top form here - funny, witty, relevant, and totally irreverent. The narrative races along, and the characters are all suitably wacky to fit right in the Tom Holt universe.
The only complaint I have is that the cover picture kept making me hungry ... mmmmm, doughnut ...
I'm really not sure what to make of it. Along with Jasper Fforde and Piers Anthony, he's one of the few that actually write funny comedic fantasy, however this seems to be more of a move towards a science fictional world view, and, to me doesn't quite work.
While parts of the back story, and indeed parts of the story itself are amusing, at most it raises a smile. There is no real laugh out loud moments through it.
However saying that, there is the same Tom Holt flow to it. Once you start reading it's very difficult to put down. It's easy to just keep going. All in, it feels more like a set up novel than a stand alone. The sequel, When It's A Jar, follows on from this, so I have better hopes for that one.
Not his best book, but still worth a read.
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