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In Your Dreams (J. W. Wells & Co. #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,413 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Ever been offered a promotion that seems too good to be true? The kind where you snap their arm off to accept, then wonder why all your long-serving colleagues look secretly relieved, as if they're off some strange and unpleasant hook? It's the kind of trick that deeply sinister companies like J.W. Wells & Co. pull all the time. Especially with employees who are too bu ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 13th 2005 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published May 28th 2004)
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John Rhodes
Only about half way through but it's good - gives me a nice warm feeling (usually when I turn a page and forget I'm holding my coffee cup).
Rafal Jasinski
Trzeba jasno powiedzieć - Holt nie jest drugim Pratchettem i daleko mu do większości dokonań twórcy "Świata Dysku". Operuje on dowcipem dużo bardziej ciętym, humor jest tu o wiele bardziej cierpki, metafory mniej błyskotliwe a fabuła sklecona w sposób co nieco chaotyczny i raczej pretekstowy. Co jednak wyróżnia twórczość Holta na plus, w stosunku do ostatnich książek Pratchetta, jest pewna lekkość - autor po prostu nie próbuje przemycać jakiś głębszych prawd, unika moralizowania i dopisywania do ...more
I thought this was much longer than it needed to be and not as funny as it was in the beginning. Paul was the stereotypical comedic main character in the sense that he was absolutely and completely hapless and hopeless in the most dull-witted way. I was getting supremely frustrated by how well he blatantly ignored anything that obviously meant something (even interrupting people when they were about to say something important), but when (view spoiler) ...more
A rough start, but all-in-all much improved over the previous book. The book opens, like a Karate Kid movie, but having the love interest, fought so hard for in the first installment, newly gone and replaced by a new love interest. Baffling, to say the least. But it quickly levels out into a much funnier book with more affectionate mocking of Paul's general ineptitude and back luck, with less obsession with Paul's love life and fewer geek culture references. The story is still not particularly m ...more
3.5 stars:

Very funny book, and a very good sequel that mixes things up really well. Tom Holt's writing on this is very impressive, and very clever. He throws in several references to Lord of the Rings, but they're all in passing and from the perspective of the geeky hero. For example, listing out the titles of a hero went something like "Sir Wells, Slayer of Wyverns, Hero of the Northlands, and First Lieutenant Rider of Rohan". Or calling a monster a "poor man's Nazghoul". Holt also throws some
Nathan Dehoff
When you rely on libraries for your reading material, it's an unfortunate fact that they rarely carry all of the volumes in a series, and the ones they do have often seem randomly selected. Such is the case with Holt's series set at the magical firm of J.W. Wells & Co., the company that makes a love potion in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Sorcerer. As revealed in Holt's books, they also deal in entertainment, politics, pest control (mostly slaying dragons and other monsters), locatin ...more
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Jeff James
Another entertaining book by Tom Holt, although I got a bit bogged down in the middle. This is the middle book in a trilogy, and wasn't quite as entertaining as the first one, but was still worth my time. I'll have to track down the third book to get a resolution to the story, although the reviews on seem to think #3 isn't as good. So far Tom Holt seems like a hit-and-miss author. The other two books I've read by him, Flying Dutch and Faust Among Equals, were alternately entertaining ...more
I read this book just after book1, but found it a hard read, the story lines were good, I believe that some parts of the 3rd quarter of the book could have been trimmed, there was a dip here, where I was tempted to jump ahead.
I enjoyed the book, but intend to take a break before I tackle the 3rd book of this series.
The will they, wont they story line of the main character is a little distrating, but then, the character is only a young man.
You work in an office where you really don't want to stay late and meet the cleaning crew. Your boss is a member of the fairy (fey) and may not have your best interests at heart and your on-the job training (to be a hero) may just kill you - if you can get through the paperwork. Your dreams should be a wonderful respite from a high stress job - right? Well, as it turns out....

A wonderful wry humor read. I quite enjoyed it!
In which our accidental hero formally completes his hero training, many amusing things are stumbled upon, and generally crazy people to crazy things. Still funny; Still Ziggy. Overall, enjoyable.

I'm developing two side opinions on these books:

1. Tom Holt can sometimes be a little bleak regarding the relationships of humans. I understand that most of the supporting characters in these books are sort of "light evil props", but the main characters seem to have a blindness to interpersonal relations
I'm currently reading this book as a result of choosing something at random in a book store. I didn't realize that it was the second in a series and while I've understood what's going on so far, I was wondering if I should stop and read "The Portable Door" first? I'm really enjoying this book and don't really want to stop reading it but if it will get confusing as it progresses due to having not read the first one, I'd like to know.
This was the perfect remedy - it seems to be the perfect remedy to life, especially London life. I suppose this story seems applicable now, I can relate to it rather deeply - well, aside from the goblins. This is real heroics, struggling through, getting on with it, trying to do the right thing even if the right thing is ridiculous, dangerous and idiotic.
Yvonne Boag
In Your Dreams by Tom Holt is the second book in the Portable Door series. Paul Carpenter has been promoted in the office and moved to pest control. Turns out that Paul is considered a hero by everyone but him. There are wyverns in the teller machines and the fey are out to conquer the world, not only that but his dreams are getting damn confusing. And that's after his girlfriend breaks up with him and moves to the Hollywood office.

This series is my favourite by Tom Holt. It is highly amusing, h
Oleksandr Shlepak
Kinda better than the first one (The Portable door), but still not good enough in humor sense (if Terry Pratchett works is like 10, this one is 7).
Paul Carpenter is like a really stupid Harry Potter. A really, REALLY stupid Harry Potter.

And I never thought Harry Potter was a genius. I mean, half the HP books could have been short circuited if Harry had just effing TOLD someone there was a problem. Poor communication skills were, in my opinion, well more than half his problem.

Poor communication skills are like 90% of Paul's problem.

But I could just be bitter because I saw the resolution coming approximately 800 pages before Paul did, and th
Most enjoyable follow-up the The Portable Door. Reminds me a bit of Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently. Good fun.
This was very funny and imaginative. It was also very cleverly done. This is one of those stories where everyone else knows more about what is going on than the hero at least at the beginning and that is part of the humour. The problem with these story lines is that at some point the hero has to start being more aware of the situation and that can be when the story loses much of its humour. However Tom Holt handles that change very deftly and switches to different source of humour and it carries ...more
A bit of a stretch from The Portable Door but it was good to carry on the story of Paul Carpenter.
This was a funny book. It is the 2nd book in a series and I have not read the first book, but it didn't make any difference. I was in the loop within a few pages. The premise - a company selling magical arts, including "pest" control - was delightful. Tom Holt is quite witty and I enjoyed his writing. I intend to read more of his books.
Tom Holt is a fantastic comedy/Fantasy writer, and makes magic and gods seem like every day events, in one book you can find old Norse Gods living in an old folks home or as in this case a firm that deals in magic, hero's and banking (with the bank of the dead)
There are 3 books in this set of story's about Paul Carpenter, this being the middle one, it's a stand alone story but better if you read the others starting with "Portable Door". I am currently on my 3rd reading of this book and still enj
Morgan Murray
One of Tom Holt's best books, In Your Dreams is the second in the Paul Carpenter trilogy. This book concerns the Fey and see the hero work in the banking and heroism sectors of the JW Wells firm.

Just like the rest of Holt's books, IYD is fun, throwaway excitement about a wet young man and his struggles against the various evil bastardry to be found in the world. There's no real moral, except maybe the total mercenary nature of the professional London firm, and everything turns out more or less O
Miriam Holsinger
Fun read - a little slow at first but after the first third it was difficult to stop reading.
That British dry humor didn't work for me in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and it didn't work for me here either.
I like Tom Holt. I enjoyed The Portable Door. In this sequel, I found Paul's idiotic, ineffective, self deprecating character beyond frustrating and absolutely PATHETIC. To make matters worse, Holt goes into excruciating detail into his stunningly idiotic thought processes. I gave it 3 stars for being back at J. W. Wells and for the other characters in the book. Thank god for them. However, I had to read 97% of the book before Paul got a spine. That definitely cost it 2 stars.
This clever, amusing novel follows The Portable Door, which I also quite liked. There is just enough geekery (usually of the literary-reference variety) and dry British wit to keep me snickering out loud page after page. Holt is exceedingly clever, and the plot actually worked quite well without resorting to gimmicks (at least none of the gimmicks feel like gimmicks). Definitely an amusing escape!
Julie P
Another first-class Tom Holt book, second in the series featuring Paul Carpenter, unexpected hero. This one explores Paul's workplace environment a little more, and with more character development> Holt is definitely fleshing out Paul and his co-workers, but the magic is not as omnipresent in this book as in the first. Still a very good read.
Liza H
Feb 08, 2010 Liza H rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: done
Not quite as good as the first book, "Portable Door"... it felt lacking in the same cohesion (if such a word can be applied to a book in which the characters flip-flop about in time/space) as the first book. There were still witty moments though and it was interesting to see the characters continuing on in their adventures.
John Hobbs
Excellent follow up. I was a bit irked at the beginning of the book because it seemed like the main character was going to do some stupid things that would make me hate him, but it turned a corner fast and he redeemed himself. Bit of a sad ending, but obviously a set up for another book.
Funny in that clever, witty way that it seems only british authors can pull off.
I would have rated it higher, but theplot seemed to meander. Part of this is because our "hero" is totally clueless, so he would not know what was happening even if it made sense!
Lots of laughs, though.
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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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Other Books in the Series

J. W. Wells & Co. (7 books)
  • The Portable Door (J. W. Wells & Co., #1)
  • Earth, Air, Fire and Custard (J. W. Wells & Co., #3)
  • You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps (J. W. Wells & Co., #4)
  • The Better Mousetrap (J. W. Wells & Co., #5)
  • May Contain Traces of Magic (J. W. Wells & Co., #6)
  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages (J. W. Wells & Co., #7)
The Portable Door (J. W. Wells & Co., #1) Expecting Someone Taller You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps (J. W. Wells & Co., #4) Who's Afraid of Beowulf? Earth, Air, Fire and Custard (J. W. Wells & Co., #3)

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