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The Second Tom Holt Omnibus: My Hero - Who's Afraid of Beowulf? (Tom Holt Omnibus #2)

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Two fantastic comic fantasies - MY HERO and WHO'S AFRAID OF BEOWULF? - reissued with brilliant new cover style.

This omnibus brings together two of Tom Holt's best-loved stories. In My Hero, Jane thinks writing novels is a piece of cake. Until hers starts writing back. At which point, she really should stop. The one thing she should not do is go into the book herself. After
Paperback, 566 pages
Published March 7th 2002 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Terry Pratchett fans looking for a new author - and My Hero for Thursday Next fans
Shelves: 2010, fiction, fantasy
This omnibus consists of two of Tom Holt's earlier works. I have reviewed each one below.

Who's afraid of Beowulf?

What are the deeds of heroes, except a few frightened people doing the best they can in the circumstances? (p. 222)

What striked me first was how much Tom Holt's writing reminds me of Terry Pratchett - now I love Terry Pratchett, so this was a very good start. I love authors who can write sentences like this: There is an electrical-goods shop in Wick, and if you have the determination
Mar 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Keri J
Recommended to Jen by: Korine in the Jasper Fforde and Thursday Next Goodreads Group
There are some definite parallels between this book and the Thursday Next / Jasper Fforde books. The literary rules that govern the characters, the interplay between Reality and Fiction and the snarky British humor - all things that made me appreciate the book.

In My Hero - the second book in the Omnibus and the one I read - Hamlet is bored with his role, the author, Jane, has writers block and sends her Hero - Regalian - into another book to retrieve a fellow author who has been stuck in a Spag
Oct 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of comedy, vikings, magic
When Vikings awaken from a twelve-hundred year nap in the very first chapter, I'm hooked. What a great read! Tom Holt doesn’t let a page go by without a good laugh. He has been called the British Christopher Moore, but he is somewhat more restrained and typically British in his humor. The story posits old Viking heroes coming back to life to fight the final battle against the forces of old evil. Magic, buses, shape changers, wizards, two power sources, and Vikings in hainmail, with weapons and d ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Tom Holt has a very funny way of writing - he had me giggling out loud a couple of times. Well, more than a couple of times.

I liked "My Hero" better than "Who's Afraid of Beowulf". It's very clever thought slightly confusing at times. Perfect travel reading.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm an aspiring writer and "Hero" made me see my characters in another light. I really enjoyed this book, it was quick, light and thoroughly enjoyable plus it broadened my thinking.
Jeff Cadoff
Dec 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Classic English humor. This fast-paced book will keep you chuckling.
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Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very funny stuff - espeically for the reader and/or writer of fantasy
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Tom Holt (Thomas Charles Louis Holt) 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 humorous ways. He has also pro
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