A happy workforce is a productive workforce. At the moment, the Wizard's employees are neither. The goblins are upset with their working conditions, the dragonslayer has thrown a hissy fit over his medical insurance (or lack thereof) and everyone is upset about the terrible canteen coffee.
Yet the Wizard hasn't got time to worry about revolution in the workplace - he's about to see his brilliant business plan (based on entrepreneurial flair and involving one or two parallel worlds) disrupted by a clueless young man. Side effects may include a huge hole in the fabric of reality. This is almost certainly going to be a bad day at the office.
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Literature professor and lover of mystery books!
I would and have done so. I listened it to it twice in a row.
Kind of like Jasper Fforde but more cerebral and sharp; a lot like the Johannes Cabal series; Outside of this, hard to compare because it is rather unusual.
The King of the Goblins was funny, and I loved when Sawyer performed any cockney or lower-class British character--his accent is dead-on and incredibly timed.
I laughed a lot and chuckled at some of the sly jokes. Throughout, it was funny and entertaining--you can easily miss some of the references if you aren't paying attention.
This is an extremely clever and fresh book. The elements of the narrative are too outlandish to try to explain here, but somehow, the author makes them work together. The writing is sharp and funny and tongue-in-cheek. It is sort of a meta-fairytale in that it constantly plays on its own references to traditional fairytale tropes; in one moment, a character wonders if the fairytale land makes money from a "four percent leverage on traditional narrative tropes." You may find the narration a little slow at first, but Sawyer knows exactly what he is doing. As the story unfolds, he voices additional characters perfectly and sets the pace well. One thing about this book: it requires your attention. There are so many little things going on, and if you are not listening attentively, you may miss them. I found myself rewinding it again and again just to catch small stuff. However, it is totally worth it because the dialogue and narration are so funny and, at times, quite smart and thought-provoking. This is the only book I've listened to twice in a row, in addition to the thousand rewinds in between. I recommend it if you like stories that collapse genres, make you think, and are a bit silly and unconventional. By the way, I think Tom Holt did some brilliant writing and storytelling here. I hope he writes more like this. It reminded me of Jasper Fforde with a bit more gravitas and slyness and subtlety. I teach literature and plan on teaching this in an Ethics and Values in Lit course. It brings up many philosophical and ethical issues that would get college students thinking. If you are a person who would prefer not to think of such things, you will still like the book--they are woven into the narrative so strategically that you can overlook them and just enjoy the silly goings on. Either way, I highly recommend.
Depends on the friend. This book is targeted at a British audience and seems to capture a lot of the zeitgeist (and pop culture) I remember from the 90s. I have a hard time imagining a younger reader enjoying it.
This is a bit of an odd tale. If absurdity doesn't work for you this won't. Think Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy crossed with Fractured Fairy Tales.
The first half of the story was worth the price of admission. It lost momentum and a lot of the lighthearted fun in the latter half but I still finished easily enough.
The book was enjoyable. It was likened to a Jasper Fforde style story. I only lost my was a little bit. I'm not saying I wouldn't listen to it again, but I may not.
The ending was good, can't say that it helped the story, but I liked it.
I'd say Red was my favorite. Ray does a good job with her voice. Not that his voice sounds like a girls voice at all, but that the tone matches what I expected. I think she stole the book.
I'd rent the movie on DVD or just wait till it comes on cable. Not a book I'd turn into a movie.
Although not noted as such, this is really part of the series that began with Doughnut. However, reading Doughnut and When It's a Jar is not really necessary to the plot of this story (which is somewhat of a spin-off rather than a sequel). In many ways I enjoyed this book more than the previous 2 books. It wasn't as bogged down by the scientific theories and explanations that necessarily governed Doughnut.
If you are already a fan, you will not be disappointed. If not, I would recommend starting with Doughnut.
Witty, charming, bizarre.
The narration by Ray Sawyer is excellent, the story is very unusual, but humorous, clever, and just magical.
Chapter 11 - Meeting the giant with two heads."Patronise me, you b****rd?"
I hadn't read any of Tom Holts humorous novels before, only the historical books. I've been utterly enchanted by this book, in fact I stayed up all night to listen. I have now purchased several other Holt titles to enjoy.Tom Holt writes with a such a clever, razor sharp wit, & the plot was intelligently thought through. I personally find his writing comparable to that of the late great Douglas Adams whose works I also admire hugely.
"A little disappointing"
I had really high hopes for this - I always do with Tom Holt's books. I am always hopeful that his next book will be as good as his Portable Door/Wells & Co trilogy; unfortunately nothing so far has topped it and this is no exception. It's not terrible - it was funny in places and had a reasonable plot, but I was expecting more depth and development with regards to the characters (especially Buttercup and Florizel) and the place, but that never happened. Overall, it felt like an overspill from another story and I was never sure whose story it was. I'm wavering between a 2 and 3 star rating for the story. The narrator, Ray Sawyer, is always perfect.
"Don't listen at bedtime! It's too funny !"
I have been a big fan of Tom Holt's quirky novels for many years, but this is the first one I have tried as an audiobook.
His way of turning the most mundane of scenarios totally on it's head yet making them so believable is nothing short of amazing.
I don't know why, but Ray Sawyer's voice is the one that's always been in my head whenever I've read one of Tom Holt's books, so it's perfect for the audiobooks.
Therer were lots of moments that moved me to laugh out loud, embarrasing when in a hospital waiting room !
After listening to The Outsourcerer's Apprentice I'm now going to order several of Tom Holts other novels on audio too. Perfect for cheering up the approaching long winter.
"Witty and Engaging"
Really enjoyed this. Excellent narration and plenty of things to smile and laugh at, wonderful language and concepts (especially for the scientifically gadget-conscious).
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