In Your Dreams Hardcover – 3 Jun 2004
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A definite must for all fans of comic fantasy (ENIGMA)
Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative ... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance (SFX)
A wickedly funny new comic fantasy novel featuring the further adventures of Paul Carpenter, hero of THE PORTABLE DOOR.See all Product Description
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Now that's out of the way... In Your Dreams picks up directly where The Portable Door finishes, Paul is still working for the highly unusual city firm J.W. Wells & Co but at least is now slightly more informed as to what the firm actually does. Now if your thinking that's typical of all new starters at city firms and that eventually everyone learns how they make money out of derivatives, you are a little of the mark. Paul is developing his magical powers in the highly competitive and not to say lucrative world of, erm, well actually... What do they do again?
As you may have gathered, things are far from black and white in the world Paul and his girlfriend Sophie inhabit. So much so that the addition of Paul's company car - Monika - causes him not to feel amazement, as one might expect when you drive a sentient car, but annoyance at its - sorry her - down right obstinance. Paul is going to have to overcome far more pressing issues though, if he is going to succeed in the cut throat corporate world, and unfortunately for him when Sophie leaves him to go to the Hollywood office, he is going to have to do it alone...
In Your Dreams explores more of the magic infested world that was created in The Portable Door and also gives us more of an insight into the Senior partners, most notable Judy di Castel'Bianco and the dashing Ricky Wurmtoter, as well as his assistant Benny Shumway. These are excellent characters to explore and are really well done.Read more ›
If you've read The Portable Door then it's no-brainer that this book should follow. If not, read that then read this. I'm off to hunt through some of his back-catalogue.
Incidentally, four stars rather than five, 'cos it didn't change my life, but who wants a book that does that?
The ending left me a little, not disappointed, but flat. It is obvious now that I need to read Earth, Air, Custard Etc. to continue the story.
I like Tom Holt so he would have to write a complete bummer for me to dislike an offering.
With that in mind, the book has some problems. If you enjoyed the first book in the series (The Portable Door), or are a fan of Holt's work in general, you probably won't mind anything I have to mention below. Also, I'll say now, I wouldn't worry too much about this being the middle part of a three parter. I'll get to why in a minute...
The main shortcoming of the book is its characters. Or rather, its heroes. The villains and side characters of the book are exceedingly well drawn, from the lusty goblin receptionist to the main character's talking German car, to the Queen of the Fey, count Judy. These characters and more are well done and very enjoyable to read.
The problem is our hero: Paul Carpenter. Like most Holt protagonists he is a very generic, gormless milquetoast hero. Initially his cluelessness is a kind of attractive quality, as we, the reader, can identify. But as the book(s) go on, it becomes more and more annoying that Paul never has a clue about anything, and never has the confidence or the good sense to just ask people when he's out of his depth. He has no particularly notable or interesting character traits and this is so painfully obvious when he's standing opposite other characters who are better fleshed out. It's not impossible to get away with a somewhat generic main character, but they need just a little bit more.Read more ›
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Difficult one this, it was ... ok, just not as good as the previous two in this series. As yet, I haven't bought the 4th in the series, maybe that says more about it than anything... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Teach
Another excellent book by Tom Holt. This was bought by my sister when she borrowed my kindle- would definitely have bought it myself.Published on 1 Mar. 2014 by teavil