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Paint Your Dragon

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  481 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The cosmic battle between Good and Evil ... But suppose Evil threw the fight? And suppose Good cheated?

Sculptress Bianca Wilson is a living legend. St George is also a legend, but not quite so living. However, when Bianca's sculpture of the patron saint and his scaly chum gets a bit too 'life-like', it opens up a whole new can of wyrms... The Dragon knows that Evil got a r
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 5th 1997 by Orbit (first published January 1st 1996)
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Sora Zee
Sep 26, 2015 Sora Zee rated it did not like it
I love a dragon. And when I first saw this book I was all "omg dragon! And omg! Tom Holt!". I should have known there would be a lot of chit-chatting, it actually felt like an old woman firing away about inflation rates, new iPhones, gay marriages, porn, diarrhea, hypochondriacs, insurance policies, new nail polishes, begonias, petunias, dog poop and their connection to the weather.

Doesn't make any sense? Exactly.

Tom Holt never fails to prove he has a bad case of diarrhea . . . of the mouth. And
Dec 30, 2011 Tatum rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone, Humourous Fantasy Fans
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
Take Saint George, The Dragon, a feisty female sculptress, a bandit who steals and resells Time, statues that come to life, a group of demons on vacation and a legendary mercenary. Put them all in in modern day England for the rematch of the millennium. Mix well with a healthy dose of humour.

That's what you get with Paint Your Dragon. It's a lighthearted, funny, easy to read book that takes perceptions and turns them upside down. If you don't mind a little irreverence and an occasional swear wor
Dec 05, 2011 JackieB rated it liked it
Very funny but it was also exploring the nature of good and evil. The nature of good and evil theme confused me though. At first Tom Holt was using St George and the dragon in their legendary (English) roles and we appeared to be looking at good and evil in a cultural sense. Then he introduced a coachload of demons and references to heaven and remembered that St George was one of the Christian saints. He seemed to be saying that good and evil are defined by religions. That's when I started to ge ...more
Nathan Dehoff
Here, Holt revisits the legend of St George and the Dragon, when the spirits of the originals come to possess statues made by a master sculptor. There are musings on the nature of good and evil, when St George turns out to be kind of a jerk, and the dragon just wants to live his life. Other statues come to life as well, and Kurt Lundqvist makes a return appearance. There's also a lost contingent of demons from Hell with whom the saint hangs around, his reasoning being that they're actually all o ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Zogman rated it liked it
I used to like Tom Holt and read a lot of his books. I decided to reprise my association with his type of humour. At about 65% progress in the book (Kindle) I remembered why I gave up reading Tom Holt. The books are always innovative and for a while his quirky sense of humour works well, but it does begin to wear after a while. Towards the end the genius of Holt comes back online. Good v Bad is never simply black and white, there are always shades of grey. Luckily not 50 Shades of Grey though!
Claire O-P
Jun 24, 2013 Claire O-P rated it liked it
One I've tried to read several times. I struggled with this one more than some of his more recent stuff I've read, I don't know whether it was the subject matter, or just because his style has changed since he wrote this. But it was still very good! So glad I can finally tick it off.
Aug 27, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite Tom Holt ones about two statues (A dragon and St George) that come to life. The dragon just wants to be left alone, while St George enjoys trying to use the modern advances in weaponry to blow it out the sky.
Isabel (kittiwake)
Dec 03, 2011 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it liked it
Featuring a replay of the epic conflict between Saint George and the Dragon, along with statues coming to life, a possessed computer and some unexpectedly successful demon summoning by English devil-worshippers.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I just LOVE Tom Holt! His books are always absolutely wacky and this one was no exception. I thought the demons on their paid holiday from Hell were particularly hilarious:)
Mar 01, 2011 Crusader rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
An enjoyable enough read that pokes fun at the perception of good and evil. Nice light reading for when you need a break. If you like Pratchett you'll like this too.
Jan 20, 2011 Simon rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Dull indeed. Put me off trying anything else by this author.
Sep 10, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Good V Evil - but who's who? A bad saint and a good Dragon - you know it's going to be fun. I read this straight, over a couple of days, and found myself giggling aloud on occasion.
Ghazala Ansari
Aug 14, 2009 Ghazala Ansari rated it it was ok
concept's crazy as usual and enjoyed the reading, but i thought the punch was missing - something that one just naturally expects from a tom holt.
Feb 25, 2009 Mollie marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
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Tom Holt (Thomas Charles Louis Holt; born September 13, 1961) is a British novelist.
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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