Falling Sideways From the moment Homo Sapiens descended from the trees possibly onto their heads humanity has striven towards civilization Fire The Wheel Running Away from furry things with teeth than one might reas

  • Title: Falling Sideways
  • Author: Tom Holt
  • ISBN: 9781841491103
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the moment Homo Sapiens descended from the trees, possibly onto their heads, humanity has striven towards civilization Fire The Wheel Running Away from furry things with teeth than one might reasonably expect all are testament to man s ultimate supremacy It is a noble story and so, of course, complete and utter fiction For one man has discovered the hideousFrom the moment Homo Sapiens descended from the trees, possibly onto their heads, humanity has striven towards civilization Fire The Wheel Running Away from furry things with teeth than one might reasonably expect all are testament to man s ultimate supremacy It is a noble story and so, of course, complete and utter fiction For one man has discovered the hideous truth that humanity s ascent to civilization has been ruthlessly guided by a small gang of devious frogs The man s name is David Perkins, and his theory is not, on the whole, widely admired, particularly not by the frogs themselves, who had invested a great deal of time and effort in keeping the whole thing quiet.

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    About “Tom Holt

    1. Tom Holt says:

      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 produced a number of straight historical novels writing as Thomas Holt and fantasy novels writing as K.J Parker.



    2 thoughts on “Falling Sideways

    1. Brilliant. Frustrating. Messes with your head. This is a book where, every time you think you know what's going on, it changes around again. I wouldn't quite define it as absurdist literature, but only because it's a little too confusing to even fit in a category. There's plenty of humor, and also a good number of times when I was tempted to throw the thing against the wall. It's like a season of Dr. Who written by someone on a bad acid trip. I totally want to read it again.

    2. This is only my second Holt surprisingly, the first being The Portable Door earlier last year. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I gather he is very popular amongst fans of Terry Pratchett but I think comparisons here are wrong. I find Holt's work far less like Pratchett and perhaps more along the lines of Jasper Fforde in terms of tone and style. Pratchett's plots are straightforward and easy to summarise. Based on the now two books I have read by Holt, his are not so easy to quantify.Falling Sideways i [...]

    3. While Robert Rankin claims to have invented the term “Far-Fetched Fiction” in hopes of getting his own shelf at the bookstore, I don’t know that he’d necessarily be the only one whose books would end up there. From what I’ve read of Holt, I think he could also qualify for this category. The two books I’d previously read of his, and a lot of his others as well if the descriptions are to be believed, deal with specific myths or legends. Falling Sideways is a little different in that it [...]

    4. David Perkins, a nebbishy computer programmer is in love with a woman unfortunately, this woman was burned at the stake 400 years ago & his only "contact" has been thru a portrait at a local art gallery, which he swears has stuck its tongue out at him more than once. He comes upon a bizarre little shop - Honest John's House of Clones, and soon afterwards, discovers that a lock of hair of his beloved's is up for auction. This seeming coincidence (and a great many others) have been perpetrate [...]

    5. Tom Holt's books are crazy and convoluted. The ultimate in humorous escapism, I enjoy his humor at the end of a day (after working in a humorless industry). I liked this book, but the plot in this one took so many twists and turns that my head was spinning by the end. Tom Holt is either a genius, insane or on drugs - or maybe all three. I like the writing style, it's pretty much like the dry conversational humor of a British sit-com. Here is an example of the style (a verbose way of saying he ca [...]

    6. This was easily the most preposterous book I have read in years. In fact, it could be THE most preposterous book. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The description of the book provided doesn't begin to scratch the surface of where this book goes, and goes without looking back. But the journey was worth it for the sheer happy weirdness. I've read Holt before and now I'm more determined than ever to read the rest of his body of work. Genius. Addendum- I had the benefit of being able to re [...]

    7. Wow. Every time you think you know what's happening, everything turns around and it's "No, that's all false. THIS is what's really going on!" And after the fifth or sixth time, I just don't care any more. There's nothing funny anywhere in this book, and I'm not fond of being deliberately misled time after time. I enjoyed the first book or two I read of Holt's work, but the more I read, the less I like him. I'm done. He's going on the same shelf as Douglas Adams. Just not funny.

    8. Precis: Very randomly, the plot involves cloning, and being threatened, and bizarre happenings. basically the plot changes constantly, the story twisting into something else, just when you think you have it pegged. Sorry, that's my best shot. When I was in my early twenties, I discovered Terry Pratchett and became a fan of that genre. I am not sure what it is officially called, but comic fantasy seems to cover the case well. I read this book in the spirit of nostalgia, and the book served me wel [...]

    9. Tom Holt isn't for everyone. He's like a cross between Terry Pratchett and Piers Anthony. I personally enjoy his books, although his Portable Door series will forever be my favourites.I picked up this one in a second hand book store, and thought to myself that I hadn't read any humorous books in ages. I was looking forward to it. And of course I wasn't disappointed. Tom Holt is one of the very few authors who can make me laugh out loud as I'm reading. He has a distinctive style; most of his char [...]

    10. Really quite disappointing. The premise had promise (heh), and there is some funny stuff in there, but Holt has one unforgivable tick that made me ready to throw the book against the wall. He tells a lot and shows little. Healthy chunks of the book are solely one character giving another exposition. And lying, to boot. Which means he has to devote another chunk of the book with more exposition giving the truth (maybe). I’m all for unreliable characters and not giving the reader the unvarnished [...]

    11. Bonkers! Complete and utter bonkers! But fun and fantastic. David Perkins is a lonely IT technician with a crush on a girl in a medieval painting. Or is he the genetically engineered patsy to bring about the meeting of the world's greatest lovers? Or is he a highly intelligent alien frog thinking he's a human? Or possibly the other way round?Or all of the above?That's the general plot as David tries to work out the truth too. With multiple clones running around, of most of the main characters, i [...]

    12. The first book i read by tom holt was interesting enough to keep me going through but wasn't enthralling. this book falls a little below that. i finished it but it really felt like he wrote the entire thing as a train of thought with no direction, no connections, nothing to make me feel empathetic or sympathetic for the characters. every so often he would write in some lengthy monologue which tied up things, explained things away, tried to make sense of the previous nonsense. it was tiring and n [...]

    13. Holt is really funny, but I feel like the story got away from him here. It seemed like he was making up the rules of his universe as he went along, simply to further the plot. I liked the two main characters, David and Phillipa, and would have enjoyed more interaction between them instead of so much exposition of the weird reality that David finds himself in as the book progresses. It also had a fairly long and drawn-out ending that could have been better. Overall, I'd say this book started stro [...]

    14. This book is hilarious in a British-humor way. I was laughing the whole way through. The running inner dialogue and all the "rivet rivet" business cracked me up!I actually found it at a used bookstore for $1 and bought it without even knowing the plot--which, by the way, is completely spazzy. Really, it was the cover that caught my eye. It may have also been this sentence on the back cover: "It is a noble story and so, of course, complete and utter fiction."I just love British humor. You should [...]

    15. Normally I enjoy Tom Holt's books, but this one grated on me and it took some fortitude in order to finish. The randomness which wasn't random took far too long to be resolved. By the time it was over, I was hoping to see more on the other side of the book, where it actually made sense. No such luck. Now normally I'm okay with random, though I felt absolutely nothing for the characters as they were a bit wooden (I could see this being on purpose, but the execution was lacking).

    16. An interesting take on how the world was made. Holt does tell a good story, and his imagination is out of this world, in Homeworld actually, so his books are always interesting. The reveal usually covers about five pages, which can get a bit tedious for both the reader and the protagonist, and we still have his prototype of the nebbishy hero, but that's what you have to expect with Tom Holt. Overall a good read that could probably cut about 75 pages.

    17. Story was fun, and I especially enjoyed the language."There were no other signs of life, and it was as dark as the dreams of lawyers.""It's one of life's minor tragedies that the eggs never get to see the omlette.""spicion drained from his face like brine from a tin of crab meat.""It was the sort of house you could only live in if your complexion and hair colour didn't clash with the curtains."

    18. Along the lines of the Terry Pratchett version of sci-fi humor, this book has an enormously improbable origin story for the human race. We've been engineered by frogs. Frogs? FROGS. The humor escaped me every so often. Tom Holt is EXTREMELY BRITISH and a lot of his references were very cultural, but I got enough that I actually laughed out loud a couple of times, which always says something about a book. I'd like to read more by him.

    19. I absolutely loved this book. Every few pages new twists are thrown in. It starts out in what seems to be a realistic universe, and then as you get deeper into the story the realism unfurls to reveal a bizarre world. I was constantly re-evaluating what I had read trying to make sense of what was happening. It reminds me of Neil Gaiman in some ways. A wonderful and funny book for when you are tired of reality.

    20. Very funny but absolutely crazy book. Twist and turns come so thick and fast you don't know what's up and what's down, but clearly that's intentional, and gives empathy for the main character who is in the same situation. Didn't take me long to read it as I wanted to keep reading and see what insane twist would come next.

    21. This might not have been the beat book to read to introduce myself to Tom Holt. It's quirky and the humor is rather absurd, but the overall feel of this book is like a runaway car or bicycle: you have to finish it because it would be even more excruciating to start reading and not know what happens.

    22. The plot hopped around worse than a hyped up wannbe supergod alien frog. It was amusing, but so far fetched nearly impossible to suspend disbelief in order to get lost in it. Still I finished for the sole purpose of seeing if every plot twist was sewn up, to my amazement they all were, all six thousand of them. If there were any strings left dangling I forgot about them in the chaos.

    23. Generally speaking I enjoyed the way ideas like free will were presented in a comic way. And the book was funny (not haha funny, but amusing). I liked Blonde Bombshell better, maybe just because it was the first one I read. Easy read, lovely for a beach or random weekend.Its a good book, you should read it.

    24. Utter crap. This man has a serious issue: he can't write. His use of language sucks, his coining of metaphors is puerile and his plots are silly: the hero finds out what the hell is going on because people TELL him. Where's the mystery? If the plot thickened at any time, Holt did a good job of hiding it. Utter bosh!

    25. Although this book didn't have much of a plot I still say it was worth giving five stars. It stayed interesting and unpredictable the whole time which is a great thing to be. I was worried it wouldn't have a good ending but I worried for nothing, it had a good ending and I can't wait to read more from Tom Holt:):):)

    26. A bit of a hot mess reminiscent of a Cronenberg / Lynch collaboration. The "truth" as known by the main character changes so much that one stops caring in the end. Holt still engineers clever and funny moments, but they are lost in the confusion. Not his best effort.

    27. (read a different edition)Wow. This was totally not what I expected. Actually, I didn't really know what to expect. An awesome, totally outlandish take on the world, clones, and fate. Oh, and don't forget to be nice to frogs.

    28. Holt has a talent for putting a new spin on the usual tropes of a genre, soaking said tropes in that famous British strain of absurdist humour while he's at it. He sets his sights on science fiction in this volume, producing a work that would have done the late great Douglas Adams proud.

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