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Expecting Someone Taller Hardcover – 1 Feb 1988

4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1 edition (Feb. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312014260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312014261
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,058,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

From one of the best-loved comic writers in fantasy fiction comes another absurdly witty title - perfect for fans of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tom Holt has been a full-time writer since 1995 and has produced some of the most popular comic fantasy of the last decade including Little People, Falling Sideways and Nothing But Blue Skies. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Hardcover
Working from the premise that the world gets the kind of Gods it deserved, this is a great read - tantalisingly realistic and frighteningly true to life.
From the death of Ingolf the last of the Frost Giants of the elder age to the fall of Valhalla the story buzzes with the brilliance of well planned plots racing towards a shatterring conclusion that leaves a warm feeling in the hearts of the readers.
Don't be put off by this review, read it yourselves and come to yoour own conclusions.
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By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
This was the first Tom Holt book I read, and I still think it is one of the best. It is very funny. If you like Terry Pratchett, you will probably like this, as it twists reality in a simliar kind of way.
Although I know nothing of Opera, I appreciated the characters and situations were based on existing myths, and this seemed to add to the whole book.
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This was the first Tom Holt book I read and still think it is the best. Basically - boy meets badger, badger becomes giant, giant dies, boy meets a whole load of other Wagnerian characters (Gods, demi-gods and Valkyries). Then boy meets girl... etc. A good romp through the Ring Cycle - you don't need to like opera to understand what's going on. A slightly warm, slushy ending - but what the h*ll, after the end of the world it's what we need.
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By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
In essence the fantasy comic books of Tom Holt range from vaguely amusing to very funny on a scale of 0-100 they range from 40-95 (he's still not managed 100% in my opinon <yet>) This is a 95% book. An ordinary person (you might say very ordinary) effectively becomes part of the story that is told in Wagner's ring cycle. How he copes with it, is the topic of this book.
Some of Tom Holt's work is a bit too Fantastic for me, but you get the feeling that this story could actually happen, well I suppose it couldn't really - or could it!?
If you like Tom Holt and you haven't read this one, get it now!
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To begin with, I'm a Yank who has to come to the UK to buy this book, so keep that in mind, if I seem extravagant. Holt knows his Wagner cold, and this book is an absolute delight for any Wagner lover or fan of the "Ring des Niebelungen". While it is side-splittingly funny, its characters are very true to their Wagnerian antecedents.
The basic concept is: What would happen if someone nice got control of the ring? The embellishments on Wagner would leave him envious. I have given more copies of this than I can remember to all my opera-going friends and to singers of these roles; it's that extraordinary.
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It's hard to be objective about this book. I first read it when it came out (mid 80s?) and loved it. It was comic fantasy at a time when Pratchett was just becoming huge (i.e. he had about 6-7 discworld books out) but it had its own style and sensibility. It was based on a source material - The Ring Cycle operas - that I didn't know and therefore it couldn't disappoint me. And it had an unrequited love story rom-com plot. I was always a sucker for those.

I've read it again several times including once recently when I was quite ill. It's a comfort read for me.

However having aged a bit, perhaps become a bit more cynical and read more recent Tom Holt (which I did not enjoy) I'm aware that perhaps if I read it for the first time now I wouldn't enjoy it as much.

Hey ho - we're not pretending these reviews are objective are we?
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This is an enjoyable novel based on Wagner's Ring Cycle, although it certainly takes liberties with its presentation of characters and plot. Despite that I thought it nicely balanced - being sufficiently ridiculous and extreme that most Wagnerians will find it amusing (rather than sacrilegious). All in all however it is pretty light fiction and I sense that often the author is laughing at himself; but towards the end there is some powerful writing and I was impressed. Don't buy this if you just want the Ring Cycle explained but do buy it for a lighthearted escape from reality with some old friends - Rhine Maidens, Wotan and his daughters etc. If you don't care tuppence for Wagner this is probably not the book for you.
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If you like the kind of fantasy which takes historical or mythological characters and dumps them into a very ordinary modern situation, this is a great example. In it Tom Holt creates a situation where a much put-upon young man comes into the ownership of the ring and the Tarnhelm from Wagner's Ring cycle. Many of Wagner's characters then come out of the woodwork, eager to recover it for themselves. If you don't know the story of the Ring, it is still funny, because Holt cleverly fills us in as we go along. If you do know it, the book is even funnier. I think this was his first published novel, and it is short, crisp, and fast-moving, with a hilariously lunatic logic of its own.
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