History Creator / TomHolt

13th Jul '16 6:29:22 PM PaulA
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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: spoofed in ''Open Sesame''; a fairy provides medical care by shouting "[[FaeriesDontBelieveInHumansEither I do believe in humans]]!" And again in ''Paint Your Dragon'':
-->There's an urban folk-myth that every time a human says he doesn't believe in dragons, a dragon dies. This is unlikely, because if it were true, we'd spend half our lives shovelling thirty-foot corpses out of the highways with dumper trucks and the smell would be intolerable.
-->There's an old saying among dragons that every time a human says he doesn't believe in dragons, a human dies, and serve the cheeky bugger right.

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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: spoofed ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve:
** Spoofed
in ''Open Sesame''; a fairy provides medical care by shouting "[[FaeriesDontBelieveInHumansEither I do believe in humans]]!" humans]]!"
**
And again in ''Paint Your Dragon'':
-->There's
Dragon'':
--->There's
an urban folk-myth that every time a human says he doesn't believe in dragons, a dragon dies. This is unlikely, because if it were true, we'd spend half our lives shovelling thirty-foot corpses out of the highways with dumper trucks and the smell would be intolerable.
-->There's
intolerable.\\
There's
an old saying among dragons that every time a human says he doesn't believe in dragons, a human dies, and serve the cheeky bugger right.
13th Jul '16 6:28:13 PM PaulA
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* BroadStrokes: Several characters, including Danny Bennett, Kurt Lundqvist, and Lin Kortright, make multiple appearances in novels that are not only unrelated but mutually incompatible -- for instance, Lundqvist appears in ''Paint Your Dragon'', with the premise that there are only two dragons left in the whole world, both European type, and ''Odds and Gods'', in which the Dragon Kings of Myth/ChineseMythology are a real and powerful presence. Precise character details are also subject to change; Lundqvist is a bad guy in one novel, but a good guy in others, and a financially-struggling lone wolf in one novel but a prosperous mercenary with his own satellite base and annoying teen sidekick in another. Some characters have even achieved the feat of dying in one novel and still making living appearances in subsequent ones.



* FantasyKitchenSink: The same character, Lin Kortright, appears in both a book devoted to a DarkerAndEdgier Valhalla and one dedicated to a [[BlackAndGrayMorality revisionist]] St. George and the Dragon.
13th Jul '16 6:20:04 PM PaulA
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* DragonsAreDivine: Several novels include appearances by one or another of the Dragon Kings of Myth/ChineseMythology, most prominently in ''Nothing But Blue Skies''. In Holt's version, their number includes the [[LandDownUnder Dragon King of the South East]], who speaks with an Australian accent and is usually depicted with a jade surfboard in one hand and a can of beer in the other.
14th Jun '16 9:56:34 PM shooterboss
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* SelfDeprecation: Tom Holt apparently gave his own first book [[https://www.amazon.com/Poems-Tom-Holt/dp/0718111818?ie=UTF8&qid=1465966423&ref_=la_B004MKBX50_1_68&refinements=p_82%3AB004MKBX50&s=books&sr=1-68 a negative review]].
2nd Jun '16 1:07:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: You'll never think about {{Aristophanes}} the same way again...

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: You'll never think about {{Aristophanes}} Creator/{{Aristophanes}} the same way again...
24th Jun '15 4:19:50 PM SolipSchism
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Holt has also written several historical novels (as Thomas Holt), and two sequels to E. F. Benson's ''Mapp and Lucia'' series. It was recently revealed that he also writes fantasy novels in a ''very different'' writing style under the name of Creator/KJParker.

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Holt has also written several historical novels (as Thomas Holt), and two sequels to E. F. Benson's ''Mapp and Lucia'' series. It In 2015, it was recently revealed that he also writes fantasy novels in a ''very different'' writing style under the name of Creator/KJParker.
10th May '15 10:29:47 AM LordGro
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: ''Paint Your Dragon'' does this to the story of Saint George and the Dragon. Both are absolute assholes, but the dragon seems a little more sympathetic...although considering he at one point annihilates an entire (occupied) theatre in an attempt to deal with George, this is more a statement on how unlikeable St. George is than anything else. [[spoiler:The dragon's status as the "Least Evil" character is cemented at the end, when the two end up switching forms and George's first action as a dragon is to kill the entire audience for their deathmatch in order to ensure that nobody with a rocket launcher is lurking in the stands).]]

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: ''Paint Your Dragon'' does this to the story of [[Myth/SaintGeorge Saint George and the Dragon.Dragon]]. Both are absolute assholes, but the dragon seems a little more sympathetic...although considering he at one point annihilates an entire (occupied) theatre in an attempt to deal with George, this is more a statement on how unlikeable St. George is than anything else. [[spoiler:The dragon's status as the "Least Evil" character is cemented at the end, when the two end up switching forms and George's first action as a dragon is to kill the entire audience for their deathmatch in order to ensure that nobody with a rocket launcher is lurking in the stands).]]



* ExternalRetcon: In ''Paint Your Dragon'', it is revealed that St. George was actually a cheating, murderous bastard, and the dragon was, well, not exactly the good guy, but certainly a much more sympathetic and stand-up fellow than George.

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* ExternalRetcon: In ''Paint Your Dragon'', it is revealed that [[Myth/SaintGeorge St. George George]] was actually a cheating, murderous bastard, and the dragon was, well, not exactly the good guy, but certainly a much more sympathetic and stand-up fellow than George.



* PerspectiveFlip: ''Paint Your Dragon'' takes the general idea of 'St George vs the Dragon', and makes the point that (despite being part of the official 'Good' side) George is pretty much an evil, despicable man who likes to kill things.

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* PerspectiveFlip: ''Paint Your Dragon'' takes the general idea of 'St '[[Myth/SaintGeorge St George vs the Dragon', Dragon]]', and makes the point that (despite being part of the official 'Good' side) George is pretty much an evil, despicable man who likes to kill things.
23rd Apr '15 7:26:21 AM EvilMidnightLurker
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Holt has also written several historical novels (as Thomas Holt), and two sequels to E. F. Benson's ''Mapp and Lucia'' series.

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Holt has also written several historical novels (as Thomas Holt), and two sequels to E. F. Benson's ''Mapp and Lucia'' series. It was recently revealed that he also writes fantasy novels in a ''very different'' writing style under the name of Creator/KJParker.
20th Mar '15 8:56:11 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: ''Paint Your Dragon'' does this to the story of Saint George and the Dragon. Both are absolute assholes, but the dragon seems a little more sympathetic...although considering he at one point annihilates an entire (occupied) theatre in an attempt to deal with George, this is more a statement on how unlikeable St. George is than anything else. [[spoiler:The dragon's status as the Least Evil⢠character is cemented at the end, when the two end up switching forms and George's first action as a dragon is to kill the entire audience for their deathmatch in order to ensure that nobody with a rocket launcher is lurking in the stands).]]

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: ''Paint Your Dragon'' does this to the story of Saint George and the Dragon. Both are absolute assholes, but the dragon seems a little more sympathetic...although considering he at one point annihilates an entire (occupied) theatre in an attempt to deal with George, this is more a statement on how unlikeable St. George is than anything else. [[spoiler:The dragon's status as the Least Evil⢠"Least Evil" character is cemented at the end, when the two end up switching forms and George's first action as a dragon is to kill the entire audience for their deathmatch in order to ensure that nobody with a rocket launcher is lurking in the stands).]]
22nd May '14 11:40:30 AM PaulA
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* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: ''Grailblazers'' reveals that SantaClaus is really one of the Wise Men who gave gifts to the infant Jesus, doing community service as punishment for the fact that (unlike his colleagues, who planned ahead and brought gold, frankincense and myrrh) he left it until the last minute and couldn't come up with anything better than a pair of socks.
* CrapsackWorld: In ''Ye Gods!'', Prometheus gives Jason Derry a view of a world without him in order to show why it's so important he sides with him against the JerkassGods. In this world there's no such thing as a joke, everyone lives in fear of the gods all the time, and [[DeadlyGame game shows are deadly]]. Jason's reaction is "''I'' wouldn't want to live there, but I wouldn't want to live in Florida and plenty of people do."



* FearlessFool: Jason in ''Literature/YeGods!''



** ''Djinn Rummy'' feature a genie who ''very reluctantly'' finds himself falling for a human.



* JerkassGenie: Some of the genies in ''Djinn Rummy'' positively delight in deliberately misinterpreting mortals' wishes.



* LiteralGenie:
** In ''Djinn Rummy'': when the genies get together of an evening at their local pub, they like to reminisce about the mortals they've tricked this way (or, at least, some of them do).
** In ''Wish You Were Here'', jumping in Lake Okeewana is ''supposed'' to grant your heart's desire--but the spirit of the lake is good at creative interpretations.

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* LiteralGenie:
** In ''Djinn Rummy'': when the genies get together of an evening at their local pub, they like to reminisce about the mortals they've tricked this way (or, at least, some of them do).
**
LiteralGenie: In ''Wish You Were Here'', jumping in Lake Okeewana is ''supposed'' to grant your heart's desire--but the spirit of the lake is good at creative interpretations.



* OurGeniesAreDifferent: In ''Djinn Rummy'', the genies are transdimensional beings (which is how they can fit into those bottles), and like to hang out together in their spare time and get drunk. On milk.



* PantheonSitcom:
** ''Odds and Gods'' has gods from multiple pantheons, mostly all living in a retirement home, and still all squabbling.
** ''Ye Gods!'' is even more blatant; the millenia of being stuck together has given the Greek gods a big honking case of cabin fever and pretty much all they do is argue all day.

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* PantheonSitcom:
**
PantheonSitcom: ''Odds and Gods'' has gods from multiple pantheons, mostly all living in a retirement home, and still all squabbling.
** ''Ye Gods!'' is even more blatant; the millenia of being stuck together has given the Greek gods a big honking case of cabin fever and pretty much all they do is argue all day.
squabbling.



* PublicDomainArtifact: Spoofed in ''Grailblazers'', where the Grail is a bowl that was used at the Last Supper, which was miraculously transformed into Tupperware.



* TheThreeWiseMen: ''Grailblazers'' reveals that Santa Claus was one of the Wise Men, doing community service to expiate the sin of ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping for the Messiah; unlike his colleagues who planned ahead, he left things until the last minute and couldn't come up with anything better than a pair of socks.



* {{Unicorn}}: In ''Grailblazers'', the heroes at one point have to find a unicorn in order to use it as bait to capture a virgin. It turns out that modern unicorns are scruffy and unpleasant feral critters.



* WarGod: Mars appears in ''Ye Gods!'' Notable in that, since he is still expected to ride in the front of battle in bronze armour, regardless of technological advances, and since "the best definition of an immortal is someone who hasn't died ''yet''", the device on his shield is now a CND logo.



* WhatYouAreInTheDark: In ''Ye Gods!'', when Jason meets the old woman, she insists on their going through the whole spiel. When he says no one would know if they didn't, she says, "I will."
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