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The Outsorcerer's Apprentice Paperback – 15 Jul 2014
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"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 sci-fi novel is sweet and fun." ""Sun" (UK) 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""
"Entertaining.... Holt has a zany humor that will appeal to fans of Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore." ""Library Journal "on" The Outsorcerer's Apprentice"""
"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""" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A story of overlords, underlings and inhuman resources, The Outsorcerer's Apprentice is
the hilarious new novel from comic fantasist Tom Holt.
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It makes sense to read Doughnut and When It's a Jar before reading this one, primarily because this one against touches on multiverse theories, and there's an ongoing theme again with the doughnuts (you'll know what I mean if you have already read the previous two books). I think you could read this one as a standalone, but I'm sure you'd understand the context of it a lot better if you read the previous two first.
There are dragons, knights, woodcutters rescuing damsels from ravenous wolves dressed in the clothing of old ladies, wizards, goblins, dwarves and elves aplenty in this book. It takes a few chapters before you can see where the story might be going, but it's an enjoyable journey all the way through. There are plenty of laughs, and plenty of completely odd characters to enjoy the story with - I particularly had a soft spot for the goblin king Mordak, and you will find a couple of other characters from the previous two books who turn up again as well. Always good for a laugh, this book is definitely a great Tom Holt. Thoroughly enjoyable, and a very funny ending. It's good to see him on a roll again.
Must try harder and not rely on past glories.
When I read Doughnut, the previously published book by Tom Holt, I thought at the time that he was really back on form; the old wit and delightful nuttiness of a Tom Holt book was back in this one. And When It's a Jar is even better. If you haven't read Doughnut, you are likely to want to, before reading this. Otherwise you may find this book a rather more mind-bending experience than Tom Holt novels generally are.
This book follows on in a fashion from Doughnut; that is, the multiverse theory, and Theo Bernstein and his legacy from Professor van Goyen are referenced, and a whole new series of misadventures result. Maurice Katz finds himself an unwitting `hero', and as he's not sure what that even means, killing a dragon that has appeared in his bedroom seems to be the least of his worries.
This is a wonderfully witty and funny book; I enjoyed it even more than Doughnut - I think When It's a Jar has a more coherent narrative and has found its feet in the multiverse whereas Doughnut was still laying down the credentials. When It's a Jar has a delightful cast of characters, of whom Maurice is a great example of a chap whose life goes so far off course that he feels like his brain is leaking out his ears when he tries to make sense of it.
I complained in my review of Doughnut that the cover picture of the gloriously sugary doughnut kept making me hungry; the lovely rich jar of jam on the cover of this one didn't help any - now I just keep thinking of jam doughnuts ...
Wholeheartedly recommended, although you should definitely read Doughnut before tackling this one.
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