History Literature / JWWellsAndCo

2nd Nov '13 6:45:11 AM LordGro
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''J.W. Wells & Co.'' is an ongoing humourous {{fantasy}} series by Creator/TomHolt, revolving around a fictitious firm of magicians in modern London. The firm (and the series) is named for the main character from GilbertAndSullivan's light operetta ''Theatre/TheSorcerer''.

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''J. W. Wells & Co.'' is an ongoing humourous {{fantasy}} series by Creator/TomHolt, revolving around a fictitious firm of magicians in modern London. The firm (and the series) is named for the main character from GilbertAndSullivan's Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's light operetta ''Theatre/TheSorcerer''.
27th Jun '13 6:30:35 AM MonaNaito
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20th Jan '13 12:26:10 PM Xtifr
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* DragonHoard: Dragons often appear in the vaults of banks, which is why companies like J.W. Wells find it useful and lucrative to keep a "pest control specialist" in their employ.
18th Jan '13 9:18:00 PM Xtifr
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17th Jan '13 11:40:21 AM Xtifr
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* HalfHumanHybrid: Mr. Tanner, one of the firm's partners, is half-goblin. (His shapeshifting goblin mum works as the company's receptionist.)
12th Jan '13 11:23:58 PM Xtifr
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* CatUpATree: The magical pest exterminator LoveInterest's first appearance in''The Better Mousetrap'' has her being employed to rescue a cat from a tree. When she breaks her neck, TheHero (who is employed to save her life to prevent an insurance company from paying out) ends up playing a brief game of XanatosSpeedChess with a magical device known as a Better Mousetrap, which keeps finding new ways to get her killed.
12th Jan '13 9:42:16 PM Xtifr
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* RetCon: Ricky Wurmtoter, revealed to be over a thousand years old in ''Earth, Air, Fire & Custard'' had a twenty-something sister in ''In Your Dreams'' who is promptly forgotten about.
12th Jan '13 1:45:27 PM Xtifr
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# ''Literature/ThePortableDoor''
# ''In Your Dreams''
# ''Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard''
# ''You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps''
# ''The Better Mousetrap''
# ''May Contain Traces of Magic''
# ''Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages''

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# ''Literature/ThePortableDoor''
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* ''The Portable Door''
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''In Your Dreams''
# * ''Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard''
# * ''You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps''
# * ''The Better Mousetrap''
# * ''May Contain Traces of Magic''
# * ''Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages''
12th Jan '13 1:29:32 PM CorahsUncle
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''J. W. Wells & Co.'' is an ongoing humourous {{fantasy}} series by Creator/TomHolt, revolving around a fictitious firm of magicians in modern London. The firm (and the series) is named for the main character from GilbertAndSullivan's light operetta, ''Theatre/TheSorcerer''.

The business of magic is a competitive, cut-throat one, even if it's not something that your average man on the street is aware of. J. W. Wells & Co. have the best love potions in the business, but you need more than one product to remain viable in this business. The firm is determined to keep up, and its leaders are Not Nice People.

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''J. W. Wells & Co.'' is an ongoing humourous {{fantasy}} series by Creator/TomHolt, revolving around a fictitious firm of magicians in modern London. The firm (and the series) is named for the main character from GilbertAndSullivan's light operetta, operetta ''Theatre/TheSorcerer''.

The business of magic is a competitive, cut-throat one, even if it's not something that your average man on the street is not aware of.of it. J. W. Wells & Co. have the best love potions in the business, but you need more than one product to remain viable in this business. The firm is determined to keep up, and its leaders are Not Nice People.



* ''The Portable Door''
* ''In Your Dreams''
* ''Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard''
* ''You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps''
* ''The Better Mousetrap''
* ''May Contain Traces of Magic''
* ''Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages''

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* ''The Portable Door''
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# ''Literature/ThePortableDoor''
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''In Your Dreams''
* # ''Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard''
* # ''You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps''
* # ''The Better Mousetrap''
* # ''May Contain Traces of Magic''
* # ''Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages''
12th Jan '13 1:24:45 PM Xtifr
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* LovePotion: The series features J.W. Wells' famous "love philtre", which always works - it knocks the drinker out for twenty minutes, and they fall in love with the first person of the opposite sex they see. There have to be something like five or six instances of this throughout the series, nearly always with horrific potential. As in all his books, Holt plays fast and loose with consistency, and a love philtre which "always" works somehow generally finds a way to wear off. [[spoiler:At least until the very end of the third book, where the "hero" and "heroine" (if they can be described as such) are finally given such a heavy dose of the thing that they spend the rest of eternity making dovey-eyes at each other.]]
* NaiveNewcomer: Paul Carpenter. Considering the entire place pretty much is having fun keeping him thinking he's insane due to all the crazy things happening, he doesn't really fall into this trope as much as sink horrifyingly into it as it slowly closes its inky black waters around him.
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