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Odds And Gods

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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.

For a start, there's a major techincal problem with the thousand-year-old traction engine which has been lovingly restored by those almighty duffers Thor, Odin and Frey...
the damn thin
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published August 10th 1995 by Orbit (first published 1995)
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Karen
I read this book a few years ago, and all I remember about it is that it was so original and SO funny - I laughed myself silly. Really enjoyed it
Hank Quense
A typical Tom Holt novel with bizarre characters and a mind-boggling plot full of many turns and twists.
The story concerns old gods living in a retirement home run by the formidable Mrs. Henderson. All the gods admit they are terrified of her.
Osiris owns the retirement home and the universe but his godson, a lawyer, is trying to take over. Osiris sneaks out of the home, links up with Pan and they try to thwart the lawyer's plans. Meanwhile, Odin and Thor fix up an old steam engine (when Mrs Hend
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Lindsay
Here's a synopsis from fantastic fiction: Wagner got it wrong. The twilight of the gods isn't that cataclysmic. After all, there's a comfy chair, a warm fire and three meals a day at the Sunnyvoyde Residential Home. Passing the time with Aphrodite, who's still quite sprighty with the aid of her Zimmer frame, isn't heaven - but it's close. ## This is same as Product Description amazon.co.uk) which adds: From the Back Cover: In Sunnyvoyde Residential Home the gods pass their days of retirement in ...more
Tim Schneider
The set-up of this book is quite intriguing. As Gods retire they live in a retirement home together. I'm not sure exactly where I'd have taken it, but it wouldn't have been the same place that Holt did. Which doesn't make what he did bad...but it was only moderately successful. We end up with two concurrent storylines. One involves a reasonably typical "quest" line that happens to involve a couple of retired Gods (Osiris and Pan). The other involves...well not much of anything except some antics ...more
Michael
I enjoyed it. It is quite humourous. There are many places where he takes a swipe at contemporary society, and you stop to chuckle. Plus, Holt does have a way with words - often you will come across an unusual, but very apt turn of phrase that calls for you to read it aloud, annoying the person sitting quietly next to you. I must admit I lost the thread of the plot a few times, but it all works out in the end. Good stuff, and it's interesting to see Holt in his earlier days. This book is from 19 ...more
Fwenx
What I hear about everyone concerning this book is a little true; The ending isn't as powerful by far as the rest of the book. But it did not really leave me hanging completely. It was just not the clash you expect it to be, but the fading out of the story, gently, easy-going. Just like Osiris has been the entire book. You cannot really expect these oldtimers to take it outside and have a good brawl on the streets, and then this book is pretty damn funny!
Lisa
I love the theme and set up of these books, but found it irritating that in both of the stories, some random unexpected twist at the end wrapped everything up. There was no build up, no explanation, just suddenly "oh, right, didn't you know?" and that's it. Great writing, very funny, just somewhat twisted around plot.
Shanti Hofshi
Found this book in a bookstore with the comment from the staff: "If Terry Pratchett could write, he'd be ... Tom Holt". Well, I'll personally stick with Terry Pratchett. This story, could have had a lot more done with it and didn't read to well for me. Maybe I just didn't pick the right Holt book to start with.
Vikas Datta
Somehow didnt enjoy it as I would a Holt... some lovely jokes and a good premise but somehow the whole is not a properly-integrated sum of the excellent parts
Wendy
Enjoyable enough, but not particularly funny. Not as good as I remember Tom Holt books being, but I haven't read one in a long time.
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He was born in London, the son of novelist Hazel Holt, and was educated at Westminster School, Wadham College, Oxford, and The College of Law, London.
Holt's works include mythopoeic novels which parody or take as their theme various aspects of mythology, history or literature and develop them in new and often humor
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