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You Don't Have To Be Evil To Work Here, But It Helps (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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Praise for IN YOUR DREAMS: 'Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative ... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance' SFX Praise for Tom Holt: 'Uniquely twisted ... cracking gags' Rob Grant, THE GUARDIAN, 'Frantically wacky and wilfully confusing ... gratifyingly clever and very amusing' MAIL ON SUNDAY, 'Frothy, fast and funny' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY, 'Dazzling' TIME OUT

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Colin Hollinghead is a young man going nowhere fast. Working for his dad might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but starting at the bottom in the widget-making industry has somehow lost its appeal.

And now the business is in trouble. At least his father has a plan to turn things round - a new work force that will improve profit margins and secure the company's future for eternity. The deal looks great on paper, but they do say that the devil is in the detail - and the old rogue certainly seems to be involved in some capacity.

Colin needs help. Perhaps his new friend from J.W. Wells & Co. (Practical and Effective Magicians, Sorcerers and Supernatural Consultants) can help.

Sparkling with wit and oozing charm, Tom Holt's new comic caper will delight his readers and prove once and for all that going to work can actually be hell.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1049 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orbit (1. Oktober 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002TXZS9Y
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Ein unbekanntes Unternehmen hat eine feindliche und sehr verdeckte Übernahme der magischen Agentur JWW&CO durchgeführt. Dabei weiß seltsamerweise niemand genau, wer diese Übernahme durchgeführt hat und nun der neue Eigentümer der Firma sein könnte.Außerdem ist die Ankündigung zur Verbesserung der Effektivität alle Mitarbeiter einer Einschätzungsprüfung zu unterziehen nicht unbedingt von allen gerne gesehen. Schließlich ist man zum Teil schon seit Jahrhunderten dabei.

Die jüngeren Mitarbeiter – unter ihnen auch Cassie Clay – machen sich schon etwas größere Sorgen um ihre Beurteilungen und gehen darum ihren Aufgaben umso gewissenhafter nach. Doch speziell für Cassie erweist sich dies als ein wenig schwierig, weil sie ständig in „Raum-Zeit-Fangspulen“ einfangen wird. Dabei ist Cassie vollauf beschäftigt mit der Bearbeitung eines Vertrags zwischen dem Inhaber des Familienunternehmens Hollingshead und Farren und den Herren der Finsternis, dessen Bestandteil auf der einen Seite bessere Erträge und auf der anderen Seite eine Seele sind. Ein Standardvertrag, der nur durch Vermittlung zu Stande kommen darf.

Zu erfahren, wie sich Figuren in einem Monopoly-Spiel fühlen soll den Helden helfen, heraus zu bekommen, was los ist und dabei zeigt sich, dass es hier ein unangenehmes Reinkarnationsproblem gibt. Das auch noch auf andere Personen und sogar auf die Geographie übergreift. Und am Ende wird bei JWW & Co. nichts mehr beim Alten sein.
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HASH(0x9fe7c168) von 5 Sternen Very good 29. Januar 2007
Von KatyM - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a good one.

A semi-serious caveat: Tom Holt always seems to be writing madly toward deadline,so that he only has time to sketch in the end of his books. So, his ends are often well-worked out, but the characterization and humor of the first 4/5ths of the book fade away.

That's the case with this one. Great twists, great premise, good characters, excellent description, some very funny jokes. But the complicated plot deserves a more fully-realized conclusion, not people explaining things to each other for twenty pages. A few more "seeds" could have planted earlier to suggest the completely out of nowhere meaning of the tree (this isn't a spoiler, we meet the tree at the end of chapter 1). The story wraps up really well, but it's practically a set piece.

But it's still worth reading. (See, I gave it four stars!) Tom Holt is really talented and he's not the only obscenely prolific author to blast through the final pages of his novels to meet some deadline or other.
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HASH(0x9fe7c594) von 5 Sternen Reliably fun comic fantasy 2. März 2007
Von Richard R. Horton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Tom Holt continues to publish delightful comic fantasies. His latest novels include a few about J. W. Wells & Co., a fairly typical bureaucratically fouled up firm, which happens to deal in magic. (The firm's name of course points to Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer.) As this latest story opens, the struggling firm has been bought out. The new owners are a mystery - but business more or less as usual continues. In particular, a new employee, Cassie Clay, is putting the final touches on a deal to save a widget factory, Hollingshead and Farren, at the cost of the owner's soul. The owner's son, Colin Hollingshead, wonders what is going on while he tries to think of a way to escape the boring job he was born to. But then he and Cassie realize, to their mutual disgust, that they are reincarnations of star-crossed lovers, and that for the sake of the universe, they must be together. But they can't stand each other! Will J. W. Wells's love philtre do the trick? Or is something more sinister going on? Perhaps the veteran employees of Wells, perhaps their most reliable workers, Connie Schwartz-Alberich and Benny Shumway, can figure out what's really going on ... It's all quite funny.

Holt has a great time satirizing business missteps, against the backdrop of the Bank of the Dead, and deals with the devil, other traditional magical devices. The plot is intricate and I'm not sure it really makes sense but Holt talks a good game and surprises the reader fairly often. The romantic leads aren't terribly romantic but they are amusing. This isn't a great novel but it's reliable fun.
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HASH(0x9fe7c5e8) von 5 Sternen Not as good as Holt's other stuff. 14. Juni 2007
Von Robert Herzfeld - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This return to J. W. Wells & Co with new employees and clients is not nearly as good as the earlier books. The story seems a little re-tread and most of the characters are flat and uninteresting. Pretty disappointing considering how much I enjoyed the others.

May be worth reading just to complete the set. But then again maybe not.
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HASH(0x9fe7c930) von 5 Sternen Okay, but at times frustrating 2. August 2011
Von L. van Rooijen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I got my hands on a copy of this book through my sister. It was in her bookcase and the title and cover looked interesting, so I decided to give it a shot. Normally I do some research on the books I read, but this time I didn't so I wasn't aware that the book was part of a series. This explains one of the problems I had with this book. My advice (as with any series) start with book one, in this case The Portable Door. You can read the book on its own without major problems, but I think it would have been easier to understand the first couple of chapters if I had already known what kind of business J.W. Wells & Co. was.

One of the other problems I had with this book was that two of the main characters, Colin and Cassie, were very uninteresting. They both seemed whinny and extremely passive. Their lives are being turned upside down and they are being pushed and shoved in all kinds of directions, but they wait for other people to save them and solve their problems. Which makes me dislike them slightly. I don't want their problems to be solved because I feel sorry for them; I want it to be solved because it seems like an intriguing problem. The two people who do all the solving and fixing are Connie and Benny. I liked both characters, they had depth and were funny at times. They both felt like they were bigger than this story. You get some hints about their lives before this book, which makes them more appealing.

But my biggest problem with the book was the lack of clues about what was going on. The book has this great mystery about what is wrong with Colin and Cassie. Connie and Benny, Cassie's coworkers, set out to solve the mystery. They find clues and explanations along the way. The problem is that the reader almost never gets these clues. To give an example: on page 195 Benny asks someone to help him identify someone/thing. Here's how the explanation is written in the book: 'Judy explained it to him, point by point and step by step.' That is all the reader is told about the explanation of one of the biggest mysteries in the book. We don't find out what the answer was until the end of the book. This makes reading this book very frustrating. The characters are solving the mystery step by step, but as readers we are not able to solve the mystery with them. You can't even guess, because you have almost no clues.

Having said that I can see what the story could have been. The situation is intriguing, if sometimes confusing. The story is original, even if it's not executed very clearly. I will read another book by Tom Holt, because although at times I got annoyed reading this book, some of the characters were very interesting.
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HASH(0x9fe7cb7c) von 5 Sternen Almost as good as pie, and just as refreshing 12. Januar 2010
Von Lucas D. Kahnk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
High praise, considering how much I enjoy pie. Apparently, I really enjoy comic fantasy as well, because after reading this book and loving it, I've been burning through Holt, Pratchett, and others like crazy. The wit is absolutely amazing, and perfectly subtle. It's easy to miss it if you aren't careful or just aren't a big reader. If you like comic fantasy, read this book. If you don't know about comic fantasy (I ddin't until recently, and I'm a major book worm) do yourself a favor and start today with this book. I did and never looked back.
Just FYI. Most of Holt's books are more or less independent of each other, but this was part of a series. However, I never knew it at the time; it's a great stand alone book. some of the places and characters seemed like they were beeing reintroduced instead of being revealed for the first time, but I actually enjoyed that aspect. It felt like it was a part of a bigger world when the author didn't spoonfeed every little detail to me. Still, I usually like to start at the beginning which, for this series, is The Portable Door.
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