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Who's Afraid Of Beowulf? by [Holt, Tom]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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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

About the Author

Tom Holt's first book was published when he was just thirteen and, to his horror, he was hailed as an infant prodigy. While studying at Oxford however he discovered Bar Billiards and turned from poetry to comic fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZRY0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 31 May 2002
Format: Paperback
More along the straightforward lines of Flying Dutch than his weirder offerings, this is classic comic fantasy in which it transpires that London is the modern successor to Geirrodsgarth, lair of the Sorcerer King, and in which awakened Vikings must cope with the modern world. Even funnier if you know the sagas - I laughed at Starkad Storvirksson being so sweet and dopy and just-a-big-lamb, knowing what a vicious brute he is in, say, Heidrek's Saga or Saxo's history; but Norse scholarship is not required....
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Hildy Frericksen is a young American archaeologist with a passion for Vikings. While working on a dig in Caithness, she uncovers a Viking longboat burial and is very surprised when the passengers turn out to be not dead but merely sleeping. When they awake, the leader turns out to be Hrolf, last King of Caithness, reawakened to fight the evil sorcerer-king who wants to rule the world. Hildy has to help the Vikings in their quest to hunt down the sorcerer-king and defeat him, helping them to cope with the modern world along the way. There are many amusing characters among the Vikings, especially Starkad the Berserker (strong but stupid) and Brynjolf the Shape-Changer. The Vikings have to cope with a number of modern complications in their quest, from the SAS to the London Underground, but they take everything in their stride. There are also two cthonic spirits, Prexz and Zxerp, who are addicted to playing Goblin's Teeth, live off electricity and play havoc with the National Grid. This is a very funny fantasy, by the end of the story you will be as enchanted with the Vikings as Hildy was.In my opinion, Tom Holt's best book by far.
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If you enjoy books by authors such as Terry Pratchet and Robert Rankin then this is for you. Laugh all the way through as olde worlde characters battle with the complexities of the modern world.They come face to face with deadly perils such as the terrifying BBC (du du dah!). Feel sorry for the cast as they try to make their way through the mystic maze of the Bakerloo line (shudder).And Oh, I forgot to mention, and they're also trying to save the world from the evil mastermind, theSourcer-King.
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Is good reading. I loved it and moved me to buy other Tom Holt creations. I will not bore you with parallels and general wordy stuff as I have no perception or ability to do so. Nuff said to say loved it and Expecting someone taller and Blonde bombshell and more. The Kindle is a fantastic medium for the addicted and Tom Holt serves the addictive personality very well.
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Tom Holt's humorous fantasies tend to have the same basic framework, involving a feisty present-day female who somehow gets involved with historical or mythical characters come to life and pursuing their quest through the modern world (usually in Britain). Sometimes it works better than others. Here it works very well.
Enjoy, then, this tale of archaeologist Hildy who, excavating a Viking tomb in bleak and windswept Caithness (Scotland's northernmost county which really was, at one point, in military and cultural terms more a southern outpost of Scandinavia than a northern one of Britain) only to revive a team or warriors who were in suspended animation and promptly resume their mission, dragging her along with them. The Anglo-Saxon hero of the title doesn't feature, but an entertaining cast of characters does and Holt is on top form with his deft and humorous handling of plot and situations.
If you're new to Tom Holt this would be a good place to start.
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I have read most of the books written by Tom Holt and I would say this is his best. Like all his books you have to have an ability to willingly suspend disbelief - but it's well worth it. The characters are delightful, the humour is gentle and consistent, and although I have read this book five times, I'm still downcast to finish it. There are some brilliant set pieces and the equanimity with which the 1,200 year old Norse heros face the modern world is a piece of novel writing genius. If you want a book that won't tax you yet put a smile on your face this is it.
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