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Odds and Gods

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It's a god's life... 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
ebook, 350 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Orbit (first published 1995)
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Mar 06, 2016 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bloody love this book. I think it was the first Tom Holt book I ever read. I have reread it so many times I had to buy a new copy, as the old one fell apart. This is a funny book about what happens when gods get old and faith in them dries up. Love it.

*As an aside. If you like Terry Pratchett you might like Tom Holt. But, then again, you might not. While they are both British comic fantasy writers, you are doing Tom Holt a disservice by comparing him to the late, great Terry Pratchett. Their s
May 31, 2016 Roj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read a number of Tom Holt's books in the past, and having just finished Neil Gaiman's American Gods, I thought it about time to delve into Holt's take on elderly dieties.

As with most Holt books, the story does jump about a bit, and the subplots tend to have no real reason (other than the odd remote interaction) but in Odds and Gods, everything is written with a clear and distinct purpose. Setting Osiris, Pan, Thor, Odin and Frey as stereotypical "codgers" is a great touch, and immediatel
Nathan Dehoff
Jan 17, 2016 Nathan Dehoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the old gods have retired and gone to live in Sunnyvoyde, a nursing home run by a strict matron called Mrs. Henderson. Aside from the terrible food, the main problem here is that Julian Magus, a lawyer and descendant of Osiris, is trying to get his divine ancestor declared legally insane so that he can take control of the world. Yeah, if you're going to read Holt, get used to a LOT of lawyer and investment jokes. I understand Holt studied at the College of Law, so he probably knows what ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Cookson
It's good.. not great but good.

I have had this book in my collection and on my 'to read next' pile for what seems like forever and everytime I picked it up I was never quite sure so I put it back down. This time I fancied something different and gave it a go. The premise is interesting, with the old gods from throughout history having retired to a nursing home. They're all here, Roman, Greek, South American, the full pantheon of Gods have representatives here both real (Odin, Thor etc) and imagi
Hank Quense
Jul 28, 2013 Hank Quense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
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
Jul 25, 2012 Fwenx rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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.
Virginia Hultman
Love the concept. Probably more entertaining if I knew more about mythology. Many things were over my head, but the writing was still quick and witty. Dragged on, though.
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
Mar 17, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 27, 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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