HERE COMES THE SUN The sun rises late, dirty and so badly in need of a service it's a wonder it gets up at all. The moon's going to be scrapped soon and a new one commissioned - but they've been saying that for years ...All is not well with the universe, and it's because the mortals are running the show. It's time for a Higher Power to take charge ...ODDS AND GODS It's a god's life at the Sunnyvoyde Residential Home for retired deities. Everlasting life can be a real drag when all you've got to look forward to is cauliflower cheese on Wednesdays. But things are about to change, because those almighty duffers Thor, Odin and Frey have restored a thousand-year-old traction engine ...and the thing actually works. Then there's Osiris, preparing to set out on a quest that will test his wheelchair to the very limits. Only one thing might save the world. Dentures.
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While Terry Pratchett may be the undisputed king of comic fantasy writing, few would argue that Tom Holt is his heir apparent. And Holt is often more sardonically inventive than Pratchett, as this welcome anthology of two comic fantasies in one volume comprehensively proves. Here Comes the Sun and Odds and Gods are two of the author's most vertiginously inventive pieces, full of the crackpot logic and exuberant plotting that are his trademark. Here Comes the Sun posits a universe in which all is not well, in a cosmic sense: the moon is about to be decommissioned and replaced by something more up-to-date, while the sun has seen better days; the evidence is that mortals have made a mess of the universe, and it's time for more eldritch forces to give everything a spring-clean. Odds and Gods has a similarly surrealistic premise: at the Sunnyvoyde residential home, retired deities can put their feet up, complain loudly, and try to make the most of their new home with its indifferent catering. But everything changes when Thor, Odin and Frey give an overhaul to a thousand-year old traction engine. Holt's subjects are quite unlike those of any other author (fantasy or otherwise), and the manic dedication with which he sees through his outrageous premises truly takes the breath away. The whimsy here is not for everyone, needless to say, but those on Tom Holt's wavelength are in for a highly diverting time. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Tom Holt
Tom Holt is the author of such comic fantasy classics as: Expecting Someone Taller, Who's Afraid of Beowulf?, Flying Dutch, Ye Gods!, Overtime, Here Comes the Sun, Grailblazers, Faust Among Equals, Odds and Gods, Djinn Rummy, My Hero, Paint Your Dragon and Open Sesame