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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
All I will say is that Ray Sawyer, the narrator, does have a range of different voices for the characters and is quite good, but if you listen to the Terry Pratchet talking books, he's nowhere near as good as Nigel Planer who is superb.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favourites but would read Doughnut first to understand better.Published 5 months ago by Bill Flowerpot
Everything you'd expect from Tom Holt, even if sometimes you think the words 'based on an idea by Terry Pratchett' would be appropriate.Published 12 months ago by Colin Clarke