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Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Sausages

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445013797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445013794
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,291,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Novels of Tom Holt:

""Blonde Bombshell" is a clever, funny, tirelessly inventive, apocalyptic leg-hump of a book." --- Christopher Moore, "New York Times "bestselling author

"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

"Anything canhappen... You turn the pages wondering, 'Whatever next?'' "SFX""

Praise for the Novels of Tom Holt:
""Blonde Bombshell" is a clever, funny, tirelessly inventive, apocalyptic leg-hump of a book." --- Christopher Moore, "New York Times "bestselling author
"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

"Anything can happen... You turn the pages wondering, 'Whatever next?'' "SFX"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A wonderfully quirky and comedic outing from the hugely talented Tom Holt --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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If you're a fan of Tom Holt then you already know what a good storyteller he is.
He is always well written,witty and humourous.
and clever.
his only fault is he sometimes gets to clever and convoluted for his own good-but i wouldn't miss reading him even though he makes my head hurt sometimes.
So if you have read his other books and liked them,you will enjoy this one too.
If you are new to tom holt, go and read "Expecting someone taller","Who's Afraid of Beowulf?","Flying Dutch" and "The "Portable Door", before trying this one.
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Not up to his usual standard.
Usually Tom Holt's goofy out of place main characters are quite easy to identify with, and as they are exposed to whatever strange new worlds they discover during the book you share their exploration of those worlds. However this book was more of a random collection of kooky (but generally boring) scenes with little continuity and very little chance for the reader to start liking the characters.
The only funny bits involve the fact that some of the characters are turned into barnyard animals, even so it's a stretch.
A so-so enjoyable read but very bitty, I didn't find myself engrossed and struggled to keep going through to the end where the plot was finally revealed.
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For me Tom Holt is one of those authors who can, like Robert Rankin, take the bizarre and unusual, add a good dollop of the weird, a dash of decent prose and then add a huge spoonful of humour and create a wonderful mayonnaise title that works well for everyone. Unfortunately, like any mayonnaise, it doesn't matter how much time or love you put into it if the damn thing splits you've got to start from scratch.

For me this title was one that had huge potential, it blended realities, broke its way through the walls holding it back and literally blew the whole thing apart and that's where it lost me. I had up until that point been really enjoying this book, the characters were vivid, the tone light and above all else I love the author's humour, but as things ended up more complex, the less I started to follow everything to the full and as such began to care less and less about the characters. It's a great shame when that happens as finishing a book or absorbing what's happening can become more than a chore and can leave you thinking why the hell do I bother.

That said it does have some saving moments but my favourite series is going to remain the JWW series featuring Paul Carpenter. Although I still want a book with Dennis' Mum and the lead character.
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Tom Holt is usually quite good at building a lead character, or set of leads, and whisking you away for the ride with them. I don't feel this book does that. The characters seem to lack depth or you just can't call them "mates". It also lacks the atmosphere generated in stories like "The Portable Door". But maybe that's just me.

It's amusing in places, but not laugh out loud, and mostly confusing, but maybe that's the point.

This would be a great read on a long plane journey, or anywhere that you will read it in big chunks rather than a few pages here and there. You need to be alert and taking it all in to follow the thread. Still, it's miles better than a lot of other stuff out there. If you are new to Tom Holt, don't start on this one. Try "The Portable Door" or "Expecting Someone Taller".
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Slower going than his other comic/magic novels, but a good read.
A few loose ends like where did Trevor get the petrol for his car, when he had left it on the road? and how did the piglets turn into people when Mr Huos still had the ring through his nose before entering the box? Where did the knights fit in?
I think it gets too complicated, and the 'explanations' don't hold together well
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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages begins with a pig's eye view of the universe. An old saddleback sow is musing on the meaning of life, the metaphysical nature of reality and the exact location of her piglets. In the course of her life she has watched as seven broods of her little ones have been taken across the farmyard and corralled into a metal trailer, never to be seen again. This is clearly very odd. Seizing an opportunity to bust out of the pen [do you see what I did there?] this very special piggy sets of on a journey far more fantastical than even she had anticipated.

Meanwhile, the decidedly non-pork-based solicitor Polly Mayer is also pondering on the peculiar nature of her own personal reality. She has recently started working in the conveyancing department of Blue Remembered Hills Developments PLC and is a reluctant conscript to the company darts team. Even stranger, someone has been drinking her coffee, making slapdash attempts at doing her work and impersonating her nice phone voice. Fearing that she might be going mad, Polly could at least take comfort in the fact that it was only her working life that seemed to have followed a diversion into the Twilight Zone. Until, that is, she goes to collect a dress from the dry-cleaners and discovers that it isn't there anymore. The dry-cleaners that is, although by extension also the dress.

And then things start to get strange.

Like the majority of Tom Holt's books, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages is a great mix of the fantastical and the funny, although the story is perhaps a bit slower to get started than usual.
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