An Orc on the Wild Side

An Orc on the Wild Side by Tom Holt

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WINTER IS COMING, SO WHY NOT GET AWAY FROM IT ALL? Being the Dark Lord and Prince of Evil is not as much fun as it sounds, particularly if you are a basically decent person. King Mordak is just such a person. Technically he`s more goblin than person, but the point is that he is really keen to be a lot less despicable than his predecessors. Not that the other goblins appreciate Mordak`s attempts to redefine the role. Why should they when his new healthcare program seems designed to actually extend life expectancy, and his efforts to end a perfectly reasonable war with the dwarves appear to have become an obsession? With confidence in his leadership crumbling, what Mordak desperately needs is a distraction. Perhaps some of these humans moving to the Realm in search of great homes at an affordable price will be able to help?

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Tom Holt (born 1961) - author of the comic fantasy "We are waiting for someone higher" (Expecting Someone Taller, 1987), "We are not afraid of Beowulf" (Who`s Afraid of Beowulf?, 1988), " Faust Among Equals (1994), Paint Your Dragon (1996) and Earth, Air, Fire and Custard (Earth, Air, Fire and Custard, 2005). He is also a connoisseur of ancient history, the materials of which formed the basis of the novel "Alexander the Great and the End of the World" (1999). Tom Holt is another British comedian; he really doesn’t like being compared to Pratchett ...

And this despite the fact that he was also born in a remote place, and he published his first book too early - however, there are already differences, because it was a book by Pozzia, and Holt was immediately called a child prodigy (in the biography, attached to the books, it is added "what terrified him"). The differences continue even further - what is humorous fantasy, Holt discovered not just anywhere, but in Oxford, he liked it so much that he wrote two sequels (I did not read them) of the cycle of a certain Benson "Lucia" ...

And then the writer began to write independent works - and from the first it is clear that he does not look like Pratchett at all. Holt writes variations on the theme of well-known legends (recently - and fairy tales; one of the last books is called "Snow White and the Seven Samurai"), placing their heroes in our time and often opposing them with modern evil (lawyers in several things at once; in To Snow White, the magic mirror is equipped with the sinister OS "Mirrors"). At the same time, from time to time, pieces from "a completely different opera" are added to the story, which adds to the comic ...

By now, Holt has used a variety of mythologies - both Scandinavian (several times), and Greek, and Eastern, and medieval; fairy tales also appeared different - in "Sesame, open up!" "Ali Baba" is parodied (from the point of view of Hasan - only in Holt he is Akram), what happens in "Snow White", you can guess from the title ...

may be fundamentally different from the other (for example, the philosophical messages of the books "Ye gods!" and "Odds and gods" differ quite seriously). Holt did not limit himself to humorous fantasy - he also wrote several historical novels (with elements of humor), all of which take place in ancient Greece ...

All of them describe very unusual heroes who find themselves in strange situations - for example, in the first dilogy ("Goatsong" and "The walled orchard") is the playwright Eupolis disfigured by the disease, the best plots of which were skimmed and conveyed to the descendants by the mediocre Aristophanes - and in all there are philosophical motives (and the philosophy is strange for a person living in the West). There is one more pleasant news - the writer does not forget about Russia, where from time to time he places (albeit for a short time) his heroes. Holt will appeal to those who like clever humor and who do not mind rewriting old legends, and fans of historical novels will also like him ...

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Tom Holt (born 1961) - author of the comic fantasy "We are waiting for someone higher" (Expecting Someone Taller, 1987), "We are not afraid of Beowulf" (Who`s Afraid of Beowulf?, 1988), " Faust Among Equals (1994), Paint Your Dragon (1996) and Earth, Air, Fire and Custard (Earth, Air, Fire and Custard, 2005). He is also a connoisseur of ancient history, the materials of which formed the basis of the novel "Alexander the Great and the End of the World" (1999). Tom Holt is another British comedian; he really doesn’t like being compared to Pratchett ... And this despite the fact that he was also born in a remote place, and he published his first book too early - however, there are already differences, because it was a book by Pozzia, and Holt was immediately called a child prodigy (in the biography, attached to the books, it is added "what terrified him"). The differences continue even further - what is humorous fantasy, Holt discovered not just anywhere, but in Oxford, he liked it so much that he wrote two sequels (I did not read them) of the cycle of a certain Benson "Lucia" ... And then the writer began to write independent works - and from the first it is clear that he does not look like Pratchett at all. Holt writes variations on the theme of well-known legends (recently - and fairy tales; one of the last books is called "Snow White and the Seven Samurai"), placing their heroes in our time and often opposing them with modern evil (lawyers in several things at once; in To Snow White, the magic mirror is equipped with the sinister OS "Mirrors"). At the same time, from time to time, pieces from "a completely different opera" are added to the story, which adds to the comic ... By now, Holt has used a variety of mythologies - both Scandinavian (several times), and Greek, and Eastern, and medieval; fairy tales also appeared different - in "Sesame, open up!" "Ali Baba" is parodied (from the point of view of Hasan - only in Holt he is Akram), what happens in "Snow White", you can guess from the title ... may be fundamentally different from the other (for example, the philosophical messages of the books "Ye gods!" and "Odds and gods" differ quite seriously). Holt did not limit himself to humorous fantasy - he also wrote several historical novels (with elements of humor), all of which take place in ancient Greece ... All of them describe very unusual heroes who find themselves in strange situations - for example, in the first dilogy ("Goatsong" and "The walled orchard") is the playwright Eupolis disfigured by the disease, the best plots of which were skimmed and conveyed to the descendants by the mediocre Aristophanes - and in all there are philosophical motives (and the philosophy is strange for a person living in the West). There is one more pleasant news - the writer does not forget about Russia, where from time to time he places (albeit for a short time) his heroes. Holt will appeal to those who like clever humor and who do not mind rewriting old legends, and fans of historical novels will also like him ...