[Tom Holt] ☆ Dead funny: Omnibus 1 [womens PDF] Ebook Epub Download ✓ I wasn t really a fan of this book It is a collection of two comedies published in the UK in the late 80 s, erly 90 s This is, I think the core of my dissatisfaction with the text He is clearly drawing on elements of UK life and culture, like class issues, that are much less prevelent on this side of the Atlantic An issue that bugged me in particular is that all of the minor characters sound exactly the same, like a slightly thick working class man circa 1985.
Anyway, I didn t like it but your milage may vary depending on your cultural background.
Flying Dutch This book is clever clever clever and extremely funny As usual, Tom Holt creates wacky characters and hilarious situations Contrary to popular belief, it turns out that Captain Vanderdecker, the Flying Dutchman, did not make a deal with the Devil which left him cast away for centuries The truth is indeed very different Who would have thought that he and his crew were forced to roam the seas because of the awful smell caused by their immortally Also unveiled in this book is the origin of insurance and what the world economy really depends upon in order not to collapse Throw in a bored accountant, a few environmental activists, a tv reporter and a nuclear power station and you re in for a crazy ride Faust Among Equals Who but Tom Holt could make the fol FLYING DUTCH It S Amazing The Problems Drinking Can Get You Into One Little Swig From The Wrong Bottle And You Go From Being An Ordinary Dutch Sea Captain To An Unhappy Immortal, Drifting Around The World With Your Similarly Immortal Crew Little Does Cornelius Vanderdecker, The Flying Dutchman, Suspect That A Chance Encounter In An English Pub Might Just Lead To The End Of His Cursed LifeFAUST AMONG EQUALS The Management Buy Out Of Hell Wasn T Going Quite As Planned For A Start, There Had Been That Nasty Business With The Perjurers, And Then Came The News That The Most Wanted Man In History Had Escaped But Kurt Mad Dog Lundqvist, The Foremost Bounty Hunter Of All Time, Is On The Case, And He Can Usually Be Relied On To Get His Man Even When That Man Is Lucky George Faustus Exuberant Comedy From Tom Holt At His Inventive BestThis Omnibus Contains Two Of Tom Holt S Best Loved Stories In Flying Dutch, We Learn Of The Amazing Problems Drinking Can Get You Into One Little Swig From The Wrong Bottle, And You Go From Being An Ordinary Dutch Sea Captain To An Unhappy Immortal, Drifting Around The World With Your Similarly Immortal Crew, Suffering From Peculiarly Whiffy Side Effects Little Does Cornelius Vanderdecker, The Flying Dutchman, Suspect That A Chance Encounter In An English Pub Might Just Lead To The End Of His Cursed Life, One Way Or Another In Faust Among Equals, The Management Buy Out Of Hell Wasn T Going Quite As Planned For A Start, There Had Been That Nasty Business With The Perjurers, And Then Came The News That The Most Wanted Man In History Had Escaped, And All Just As The Plans For The New Theme Park, Eurobosch, Were Underway But Kurt Mad Dog Lundqvist, The Foremost Bounty Hunter Of All Time, Is On The Case, And He Can Usually Be Relied On To Get His Man Even When That Man Is Lucky George FaustusExuberant Comedy From Tom Holt At His Inventive Best read Flying Dutch a while ago, and just read Faust Among Equals a few days ago So good that I went back and read Flying Dutch again for good measure.
As I ve previously mostly only read Holt s newer books, going back to these 1991 1994 stories gives me a pretty clear picture of his evolution as a writer Flying Dutch is very inventive, clever and funny, while mostly keeping to his usual story structure awkward male meets forward female and end up uncharacteristically saving the world because of his random involvement in something large Faust Among Equals is clearly the lesser story, obsessing with vaguely amusing descriptions of hell trying to reinvent itself as a fairground, with very little reason for it at all The two main characters, Lucky George and Kurt Lundqvist, move through various situations with very little to connect it all to a whole I didn t even understand the ending, reading it thrice Inventive, yes but in the same way sowing random pieces of upholstery together doesn t create a very good I have a wekness for Tom Holt s work he s an unabashed fantasy writer, but laugh out loud funny This book is a combination of two novels The first is about hte flying dutchman and his crew of undying and smelly shipmates and their quest to be able to return ot land An accountancy firm who holds the deed to his life insurance policy is scared to dath becasue as he is immortal, his policy is so valuable it could bring the free world to its knees should the flying dtuchman cash it in The second is and off the wall re write fo the faust story and his advenrtures in the modern world while Hell is looking to reclaim his escaped soul It includes a hitman, Helen of Troy, a transtemproal lawyer with all the attendant lawyer joke Technically, it wasn t this edition it was the Dead Funny edition same content, different cover I call this the Terry Pratchett school of British humor, but I never know if it s called something else, and Pratchett is just the author I know best in the genre You know the type improbably premise the Flying Dutchman tries to solve his problem, which oddly enough isn t immortality, but a side effect of the cause of his immortality Hell wants George Faust back, please , modern day setting, even improbable supporting cast so with Faust s classmates from his University days than with the Dutchman , and an infinite supply of wry observations about modern life as the plot unfolds.
In this case, one would have been enough two in quick succession get old Perhaps if I had the wit and control to read one, put it aside for a year or two, then remember how good the first one was and t Both books are definitely readable with a good style of narrative, which probably is best compared to Pratchett, Adams and Gaiman, but only reaching the quality at some passages.
Both books would have received a star if I didn t thought the endings have a rushed feeling to them, where the style of the stories change style to something serious less humoristic Pratchett is able to manage that in some of his books not always with great success , but the stories in the Dutchman and Faust can t maintain their momentum when the humour is toned down.
First book Dead Funny Flying Dutch was really funny and a joy to read, the second Faust Among Equals not so good and a struggle to get through.
An entertaining pair of stories, perhaps a bit too aware of their own cleverness originally published in the 90s, the outdated technology and what I assume are British anachronisms don t entirely hold up, but it ll certainly tide you over until you can get your hands on some Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams.