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by Tom Holt


This is the second book by Tom Holt that I have read.

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). This is the second book by Tom Holt that I have read. The first was "Falling Sideways" and I'm grateful that the plot of this one was easier to keep track of. Frank Carpenter owns a portable door and goes about his life zipping through time and space at will, occasionally making millions of dollars working for an insurance company.

The Better Mousetrap book. I'm glad we could have this talk. Shelves: fantasy, comedy. The usual Tom Holt fun and games as he riffs off the fantasy world again. Some of the jokes are becoming more contemporary so they date more easily which is a bit of a shame, but not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the book.

Equalising her weight on both feet, she reached out towards the cat’s neck. It was only a few inches from her hand. She reached a little further and felt her elbow brush against a branch. The tree disappeared. Thirty feet up in the air, with nothing to hold on to except an absence of tree. Don’t try this at home. You could do yourself a mischief.

Books by Tom Holt: Walled Orchard Series Goatsong The Walled Orchard. Wells & Co. Series The Portable Door In Your Dreams Earth, Air, Fire and Custard You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps The Better Mousetrap May Contain Traces of Magic Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages. YouSpace Series Doughnut When It's A Jar The Outsorcerer's Apprentice The Good, the Bad and the Smug

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However, THE BETTER MOUSETRAP rates a terrific read

However, THE BETTER MOUSETRAP rates a terrific read. Tom Holt is a terribly funny British novelist, maybe not quite as popular as Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams (or as resonant), but he's got his moments, when his wildly imaginative plot twists leave you reeling but big grinning. In reading The Better Mousetrap, I discovered that I had unwittingly joined a series somewhere in the middle. The book stands fine on its own. It follows the misadventures of an unimaginative "beta male" who possesses a portable door. Spread it on the wall, and walk through it to go anywhere in space and time.

Tom Holt's comic fantasy is a great, uplifting read, fit to grace any reader's book collection' - Waterstones Books Quarterly

Tom Holt's comic fantasy is a great, uplifting read, fit to grace any reader's book collection' - Waterstones Books Quarterly. Holt's quirky characters and whimsical voice successfully infuse life into this entertaining romantic comedy' - Publishers Weekly. It touches all our lives; our triumphs and tragedies, our proudest achievements, our most traumatic disasters. Alloyed of love and fear, death and fire and the inscrutable acts of the gods, insurance is indeed the force that binds the universe together. Hardly surprising, therefore, that Frank.

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It touches all our lives; our triumphs and tragedies, our proudest achievements, our most traumatic disasters. Alloyed of love and fear, death and fire, and the inscrutable acts of the gods, insurance is indeed the force that binds the universe together. Hardly surprising, therefore, that Frank Carpenter, one of the foremost magical practitioners of our age, felt himself irresistibly drawn to it. Until, that is, he met Jane, a high-flying corporate heroine with an annoying habit of falling out of trees and getting killed. Repeatedly. It's not long before Frank and Jane find themselves face to face with the greatest enigma of our times: When is a door not a door? When it's a mousetrap.
Bloodray
Tom Holt returns to the universe of the shady magical firm J.W. Wells & Co. (now out of business) and acquaints us with Paul Carpenter's son, Frank. Paul Carpenter, if you recall, was the central character in The Portable Door,In Your Dreams, and Earth, Air, Fire and Custard, and Paul cameos in this one, as well. But this is about his kid. Frank Carpenter's childhood was less than ideal, hard for it to be ideal when your parents, while loving, were distant as stars. When Frank's parents finally abandoned him (for their very own pocket universe), well, at least, they left him the Acme Portable Door, one of reality's most powerful enchanted objects. Frank Carpenter would go on to earn millions doing freelance work for an insurance company. Frank applies the Portable Door - which can bend time and teleport its operator anywhere - to reverse deaths and injuries incurred by the insurance company's clientele (those insurance policies can be bloody costly). So, yes, bad parenting will suck out a child's soul, make the little blighter take up with insurance. So don't be a bad parent.

I've got this irreversible bias. I don't believe Tom Holt will produce anything to match the awesomeness that is Expecting Someone Taller (I also absolutely relished Flying Dutch). However, THE BETTER MOUSETRAP rates a terrific read. Tom Holt is a terribly funny British novelist, maybe not quite as popular as Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams (or as resonant), but he's got his moments, when his wildly imaginative plot twists leave you reeling but big grinning.

In a world in which magic is an everyday fixture, the other protagonist is the very capable and always slightly vexed Emily Spitzer who operates in the pest control business, except that "pest control" is a muggle's job description for "monster slaying." When Emily persists in repeatedly dying, her insurance company deploys Frank Carpenter. But as Frank goes about the business of saving Emily - by distorting the time/space continuum so wantonly that even Doctor Who's jaw drops - it dawns on Frank and on Emily that someone has it out for her. Someone has constructed the perfect mousetrap, the better mousetrap. It's quite tricky getting out of those.

There's a prophecy involved, and double dealings and family dysfunctions, goblins and dragons and ambitious corporate wizards dabbling in office politics, and, as already mentioned, tons of teleporting and time traveling. There's even romance, uncertain and awkward and very British, with lots of uncomfortable pauses and shuffling of feet. And, all along, the writer maintains a thread of cohesive internal logic that may make you scratch your head but, in the final tally, will make you go, "All right, guv, I guess it all fits together." Count THE BETTER MOUSETRAP as another fine and funny and clever fantasy send-up from Tom Holt, a gent who can skewer with the best of them, even as he keeps several preposterous sub-plots percolating.
Gela
Yay! Another clever, funny Brit taking on fantasy and science fiction! If you enjoy the work of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams, you'll enjoy Holt; plus he has an advantage over Pratchett and Adams by not being, respectively, "dead," and dead. Holt's work would also sit comfortably in a bin with Christopher Moore's hilarious novels.

In reading The Better Mousetrap, I discovered that I had unwittingly joined a series somewhere in the middle. It doesn't matter. The book stands fine on its own. It follows the misadventures of an unimaginative "beta male" who possesses a portable door. Spread it on the wall, and walk through it to go anywhere in space and time. He uses it as a way to prevent major insurance payouts, until love throws a spanner into the cogs.

Easy, fun read, full of laughs. Great escapism, not to be taken seriously for a second. Summing this book up in two words: a hoot!
Rose Of Winds
Holt is the best.
Moogugore
This was a nice story that wraps up a few lose ends that I had wondered in some of his earlier work. It is a fast read, and fans of his past work will enjoy it. It isn't his best work, but it is up there.
Alexandra
another must read, and its NOT about catching the vermin, either...... something more fun
Ustamya
This book was an absolutely refreshing interlude. With elegant, tongue in cheek asides of a satirical nature, this book made me smile more than once. I plan to buy another book of his immediately!
Qane
This is the second book by Tom Holt that I have read. The first was "Falling Sideways" and I'm grateful that the plot of this one was easier to keep track of.

Frank Carpenter owns a portable door and goes about his life zipping through time and space at will, occasionally making millions of dollars working for an insurance company.

Frank is sent to prevent the death of (and therefore payout of life insurance for) a pest control worker (dragonslayer) named Emily Spitzer (I'm not sure why the Product Description says her name is Jane) who doesn't seem to have much luck staying alive, no matter how many times he goes back to save her.

From there the story becomes interesting, with lots of laugh-out-loud punchlines involving big business, Americans, and true love.

The ending seems a bit rushed and thrown together, but that's fine since the story as a whole is paced well and keeps you guessing.

I keep mentally comparing Tom Holt to Douglas Adams, and I think fans of DNA will appreciate this author. Thumbs up!
Wonderfully clever, silly story with snort-out-loud humor and pop culture references. Good for fiction readers who don't take themselves too seriously.
The Better Mousetrap ebook
Author:
Tom Holt
Category:
Humor & Satire
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Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
Pages:
352 pages
Rating:
4.7
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