History Creator / TomHolt

21st Oct '17 8:45:21 AM dlchen145
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Tom Holt is a British author whose works can be described as comic urban fantasy mixed with {{Fractured Fairy Tale}}s. Most of his books are standalone, but he has a short series centering around ''Literature/JWWellsAndCo'' (named after the sorcerer in the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan musical ''Theatre/TheSorcerer'').

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Tom Thomas Charles Louis "Tom" Holt (born 13 September 1961) is a British author whose works can be described as comic urban fantasy mixed with {{Fractured Fairy Tale}}s. Most of his books are standalone, but he has a short series centering around ''Literature/JWWellsAndCo'' (named after the sorcerer in the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan musical ''Theatre/TheSorcerer'').
4th Jul '17 7:11:21 AM RossN
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: ''Nothing But Blue Skies'' is an AffectionateParody of Eastern dragons and the associated mythology, with an emphasis on a) their powers of weather control and b) their ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting take human (and other) forms]]. The reason the British summer is usually canceled due to rain is that the main character is a dragon in human form, and doesn't have full control in that form. So it rains whenever she's annoyed. Which happens a lot. The plot concerns another dragon [[ShapeshifterModeLock trapped in the form of a goldfish]]; [[CoversAlwaysLie the cover, naturally]], shows a Western dragon crammed into a fishbowl.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: ''Nothing But Blue Skies'' is an AffectionateParody of Eastern dragons and the associated mythology, with an emphasis on a) their powers of weather control and b) their ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting take human (and other) forms]]. However the dragons in the novel also have Western elements; they are frequently stated to have wings and are heavily implied to have also been the inspiration for European as well as Chinese myths.The reason the British summer is usually canceled due to rain is that the main character is a dragon in human form, and doesn't have full control in that form. So it rains whenever she's annoyed. Which happens a lot. The plot concerns another dragon [[ShapeshifterModeLock trapped in the form of a goldfish]]; [[CoversAlwaysLie the cover, naturally]], cleverly, shows a Western mixed Eastern/Western dragon with catfish whiskers and wings crammed into a fishbowl.
12th Mar '17 8:36:43 PM darthpaul
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Bounty hunter Kurt Lundquist (or Lundqvist) is quite the asshole in ''Faust Among Equals'', but is moderately heroic during ''Odds and Gods'' and downright decent in ''Paint Your Dragon''.
27th Aug '16 4:55:00 PM CountDorku
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: While the demons in ''Paint Your Dragon'' aren't particularly evil, they do work in Hell and torture sinners for a living, and yet associating with George is too much for them. Given that George views collateral damage as "potential customers" for both afterlives, it's hard not to see where they're coming from.
-->'''Chardonay:''' George, when you die, be sure to go to Heaven. We can do without your sort [[{{Hell}} where I come from]].
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]]!"
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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.
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