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Flying Dutch by Tom Holt
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Jul 07, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, english-lit

British comic fantasy that really pales in comparison to the Terry Pratchett I’ve been reading lately. To start with, it’s just not that funny—the plot revolves around a lot of aspects of forced wackiness, such as bad smells and accountants, that really don’t do much for me, and at best the writing achieves a sort of affable Englishness which is pleasant, but hardly uproarious. It would work if the core of the book were meatier, but it isn’t. Pratchett is so impressive because, at his best, he’s not only funny, his books mean something—he addresses real-world issues through a fantastical setting and a lot of sharp satire. In Holt’s book, however, the Flying Dutchman and his situation aren’t representative of anything but themselves. I’m not saying everything I read needs to be OMG STEEPED IN METAPHOR AND SYMBOLISM!—but, you know, a little depth wouldn’t hurt.

Better jokes would be good, too.
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July 7, 2008 – Shelved
July 7, 2008 – Shelved as: fantasy
November 26, 2008 – Shelved as: english-lit

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message 1: by Lise (new)

Lise To be fair, there aren't a lot of authors who compare to Pratchett.

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