Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Little People” as Want to Read:
Little People
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Little People

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  589 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
"I was eight years old when I saw my first elf." And for unlikely hero Michael it was his last. Cruella, Michael's unfortunately named girlfriend, doesn't approve of his obsession with the little people. But the problem is that they won't leave him alone. And who can blame them when it's Michael's own stepfather who's responsible for causing them so much misery? Oh yes. Da ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Orbit (first published June 1st 2002)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Little People, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Little People

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 959)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mike Klein
Tom Holt is the English equivalent of Christopher Moore. The big difference is that Mr. Moore puts setup/punchline sets in his chapters, while Mr. Holt is much more subtle and restrained. Douglas Adams is an apt and accurate comparison. Where they are alike is that they both are not shy about setting up outrageous situations but then living within the constraints set up. They also are both very very funny and well worth reading.

This is his first book (or at least the earliest of his works that o
Aug 18, 2014 PRL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best book by Tom Holt, but not the worst either. It was rather inconsistent in its universe construction though, especially concerning the rules on what is and is not possible in its two worlds.

The humour was all present and correct and the first person narrative was a welcome change, but something was missing.

(view spoiler)
Nathan Dehoff
May 19, 2016 Nathan Dehoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fantasy story, rather less epic than many of Holt's works, is narrated by a boy who sees elves in his garden. After being sent away to boarding school by his stepfather, he falls in love with a rather bitter girl, and is kidnapped and taken to Elfland. He learns that every human has an elf counterpart in this alternate world. While they're normally human-sized, elves who venture into our world are shrunken down with electricity and forced into making shoes for the protagonist's stepfather. ...more
Victor Hallmark
Dec 02, 2010 Victor Hallmark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
My absolute favorite Tom Holt story! I only picked it up because there was a note near the Pratchett section of my local bookstore saying that if I liked Pratchett and Douglas Adams I might want to try Holt.

How right they were!
Feb 18, 2016 Patricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book minus 5 stars. It was so bad I'm surprised I got to finish it. After page 20 I had the feeling it was gonna be bad but the reviews where either too good or too bad so I couldn't make up my mind and decided to give it a chance.

The story is boring, stupid, it makes no sense at times and, to make matters worse, there's not happy ending (you would at least expect that after putting up with such a bad story). There's a ton of grammatical errors and overall not an easy bo
Dec 09, 2010 Tarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only want to clarify that I did not have this creepy-ass cover on my book. Funny enough- worth my bathroom time.
Apr 29, 2014 Jakub rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to have enjoyed a Tom Holt's novel at one point in the past. Having read "Little People" I can't imagine why. Our "hero", Mike Higgins is a wimp even by Holt's standards, he's not even a nerd. Nerds are smart. As usual, he has a hyper-competent, smart girlfriend who's too good for him, and as usual he's a Destined Hero who's totally incompetent. Other characters don't even get names, except for Daddy George, our "villain" who has no depth, no motivation and no actual competence.

I really n
Jul 08, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At age eight, Mike Higgins was playing Captain Kirk in his backyard when he spotted a tiny, green-skinned man with pointy ears, leaning against a head of lettuce and smoking a hand-rolled cigarette. "'Mummy, mummy,' I yelled out as I ran back into the house. Guess what! There are Vulcans at the bottom of our garden!'" Being the boy who saw an elf shapes the course of his life from that point forward—a life fraught with inadequacy and disappointment, conflict with his rich stepfather, mediocrity ...more
Hope N
Jan 18, 2016 Hope N rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
This is a hard one to rate because I really liked it up until the very end, which I found unsatisfying and frankly unbelievable. I know that sounds strange, I mean I bought into elves and other worlds and hoards of strange happenings, but in the end Holt seems to get human nature wrong. He wouldn't have to change much, but he leaves one or two important questions unasked and I was disappointed, especially since I enjoyed the rest of the book quite a lot.
"Lifson" Kate Glover
Finally - a book which starts with a bit of mystery and pulls out of the station with a speed which is more than that of an old steam train!

This is definitely a story with 3 distinct phases, but they do all lead quite tidily into one another, and was easier to follow than "When It's A Jar". Some of the twists are quite predictable, but in the usual Tom Holt style, there's usually a sub-twist to the twist which seems insignificant, but then turns out to make one hell of a difference later on!
Craig Victor
This was my first experience with Tom Holt, and it was a rather pleasant.

While the subject matter is a bit silly, Holt's writing style is comical, quite enjoyable. The subtle nuances that he relies on you to "get" felt really personal.

Anna Zand
Jun 18, 2014 Anna Zand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this only has two stars on amazon, probably because the ending is not a straight up happy ever after deal, but I enjoyed the complexity.
Aug 18, 2015 Ken rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holt
The English Dennis Miller,Holt is an extreme ranter overflowing with sarcastic similes and sub-references. Even though this novel is at times charming ( and despite it's surprise / twist ending ) the journey is arduous . The book is replete with run on sentences and the author often beats his own jokes to death. But unlike the residents of his Elfland the reader is unable to fast-forward over the bumpy bits. LITTLE PEOPLE was basically a weak premise that simply got out of hand. I honestly felt ...more
Megan Davisson
Jun 16, 2011 Megan Davisson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say that I have never been more disappointed by a read like this before. The book had several lacking elements: The humor was terrible and dry, the story line had no twists, the characters were dull, and worst of all, there was no message behind the story. I had to force myself through each paragraph hoping it would get better, only to be disappointed. If you want to read a bland story about a fictional world just to do it, then read it. However, entertainment will be absent. But ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Thom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as entertaining as I thought it would be.
Sep 23, 2015 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, bookgroup
Sorry I just can't
Aug 17, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the Orbit release...TOO MANY TYPOS!!! At first I thought that I was missing something or that the slight differences in UK and US English were getting to me. But lo-and-behold the book (Orbit edition) is chock full of errors, I'm not sure if it's a printing issue or what but it was frustrating to read.

As far as the story, I think it's great. Like the other Holt stories I have read, I found the plotline complex but not convoluted. I really enjoy the mundane mixed with the supernatural char
Martin Willoughby
This is not one of his better books and suffers from an editor without a ruthless streak.

I can live with the ending he provides (sad not funny), but there is too much long-windedness in this book to make entertaining for the general reader.

Fans of Tom Holt's writing will enjoy this a little, but I doubt many others would and it wouldn't be missed on a bookshelf.
Nov 04, 2011 Suburbangardener rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this book, but the ending ruined it for me. I actually laughed out loud a few times while reading this, but then I do know a lot of life & politics in Britain. This book is in need of a good editor. There was one point where the character makes a comedic remark that he couldn't possibly have knowledge about. Typos bounded across the pages with abandon.
Mar 11, 2008 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very silly sci-fi story about a young man's ability to see elves, and the consequences that come from that. Not great literature, but if you're in the mood to read a ridiculously silly story, this is a good start.

I'd read another Tom Hold book - some of his works are better known (Expecting Someone Taller), and may be better.
Jul 11, 2008 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was kind of a playful book. definately got better about halfway through but wasn't great. some turns in the plot just seemed too convenient and made it just "playful" rather than really interesting. and there were several typos or correctly spelling but wrong usage. what the hell do they editor's for if they can't catch those type of things.
Jun 10, 2012 Chester rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. The story was rather bland and insipid. It lacked the humor unlike most of Holt's books, while it did try to make it up with a slightly less complicated plot, the story became boring and predictable. The conclusion killed the weak story, and this is certainly not Holt at his best.
Apr 14, 2014 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Would not recommend. The author couldn't seem to make up his mind about the rules he'd created between our world and 'elf-land'. If that wasn't distracting enough, there were far too many typographical errors. Poor show Tom Holt, and your publisher.
April Tolliver
Im not sure why I read the entire book. I found it slow, boring and not funny. One line made me laugh a bit. I spent quite a bit of time thinking i was reading a kids book with Curse words. this was my first tom holt book and Probably the last.
Henrik Andersson
By far the darkest (comedic) book of Holts'. Imaginative as always, but just not... funny. It was quite a heavy read, and I left the book with pretty much the only feeling that I felt so bad for Cru. Certainly my least favourite Holt book so far.
Feb 23, 2009 Christina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Intriguing. Probably hysterical for Brit-philes more current with things British than myself, but I still found it amusing. Found the ending a bit odd, going from rather comedic romp to serious interpretation of a Sting lyric all in 6 pages...
Loren Toddy
Surprisingly funny and very odd. I did love the writing style and how the writer set up the imagery. Not great mind you but it a fun read if you are not too critical. People who love fantasy and sarcasm would love this book. I did.
Ben Chenoweth
Mar 24, 2011 Ben Chenoweth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I kept reading out of politeness. But, really, Tom Holt's best work happened a long time ago (Overtime, Faust Among Equals). But this was slow, unfunny and a waste of time...
Katrina Poole
Apr 16, 2008 Katrina Poole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't get it.... Had to read for a book club - tried to read further into it for any double meaning or analogy to life's experiences? Don't think so, just a silly fantasy piece to me.
Mar 26, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed all the Holt I've read so far - got through this one pretty much in one sitting while home from work sick. Not too hard on a fuzzy brain.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 31 32 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Dog Called Demolition
  • Discworld Fools' Guild Diary 2001
  • A Disagreement With Death (The Ballad of Wuntvor, #3)
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
More about Tom Holt...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »