Like a law firm, only a bit more fun,
This review is from: Earth, Air, Fire And Custard (Paperback)
I've enjoyed the three books in the set, delving into the machinations of that most sober and yet frightening of firms, JWW. Having spent a few years in the circle of Hell that is law firms, I thought that nothing could be more bizarre, heartless or coldly cruel, but JWW manages to beat it by a country mile. Actually, it manages to beat law firms with a blunt stick with a rusty nail sticking through one end. There are some things that even senior partners won't do that are routine practice in JWW. Pity the hapless fool that is Paul Carpenter, as he's the epitome of every feckless, hapless and impressionable office flunky.
Custard, you say? Yes. Custard. It's what holds the universe together, not that stupid duct tape everyone's always going on about. Get it in YOUR eye and you'll understand. Never make friends with your car, ok? This is just a small hint which you will be grateful for, someday. No good will ever come of it, I can assure you.
Tom Holt's work is unrelentingly entertaining, it's not always funny but then not all entertainment is. If you don't agree, I suggest going to your next movie and laugh at inappropriate times. That will teach you the value of non-funny entertainment. When you read anything by Holt, you will also find that you're laughing at inappropriate times, something in one of his books made me laugh at the wrong time at the British Museum. See? They didn't make me leave, fortunately, as I'd not seen all the mummies yet.
If you like your fantasy a bit lighter, read Pratchett. If you like your world a bit darker, with odd creatures and a danger that any everyday object could be a weapon, then Holt's for you.