Flying Dutch

Flying Dutch by Tom Holt

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It’s been 400 years since Dutch sea captain Cornelius Vanderdecker and his crew drank an immortality elixir that they mistook for beer. Now the compounded interest on a life insurance policy he took out in the 1500s makes him worth more money than exists in all the world…and he may be close to the end of his boring immortality.

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Tom Holt

A book by Tom Holt

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 ...

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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 ...