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The knights have dumped the quest and now deliver pizzas, while the sinister financial services of the lost kingdom of Atlantis threatens the universe with fiscal Armageddon. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published May 19th by Orbit first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9.
Grailblazers by Tom Holt (Hardback, 1994)
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Grailblazers. Nov 09, Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it. His revisionist history of the jolly old man in the red suit is a special lark, as is his take on Lyonnesse. Multiple points of view and quick cuts, as I described for his last two books, take a toll on the reader here as well. Er, that is to say, it takes a stable base to get away with double-back somersaults. Dec 30, Nathan Dehoff rated it really liked it.
I think this one is a clear improvement over the last few Holt books, showing the author honing his style. As usual, it focuses on one element of folklore, in this case the Holy Grail, but mixes in others as well.
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When Sir Boamund wakes up a year sleep caused by drugged milk given to him by a dwarf, he finds that several other Arthurian knights are still alive as well, but have been forced into doing menial jobs. They are charged with finding the Grail, but can only do so after finding thre I think this one is a clear improvement over the last few Holt books, showing the author honing his style.
They are charged with finding the Grail, but can only do so after finding three other strange items. During the course of the story, we find out that unicorns have been driven to Australia and they're quite foul-mouthed , Atlantis is an offshore banking organization ruled by a woman who was cursed after making Jesus and the Apostles clean up after the Last Supper, and Santa Claus is also laboring under a curse due to being the seldom-heard-of FOURTH magus to visit the baby Jesus and giving him a crappy gift because he didn't plan ahead.
I've seen several stories that examined the dark side of the Santa myth, but this is definitely one of the most bizarre while still making a kind of sense. Yeah, Jesus is kind of a jerk in this one, but Holt's opinions on supernatural beings vary somewhat from one book to the next. Several other historical and legendary figures appear as well, including Simon Magus, the mastermind behind the quest.
Also, there are people from the future who live backwards due to a time-travel experiment gone awry.
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May 31, Caleb rated it really liked it Shelves: ebook. I'm starting to see the pattern to Tom Holt books. I say that, but they're far from formulaic. They're full of silly unexpected combinations of myths and modern life, but after a while it feels familiar. This is not a bad thing, but as a result it's probably better to spread his books out across the queue, not read a bunch in a row. I grab a Tom Holt book when I want to be entertained, and I grab one that's not part of a series when I don't want to have to remember too complicated of a pl I'm starting to see the pattern to Tom Holt books.
I grab a Tom Holt book when I want to be entertained, and I grab one that's not part of a series when I don't want to have to remember too complicated of a plot. I'm just about guaranteed to enjoy it, and now that I'm saving up the last few Terry Pratchett books for a very rainy day because he will not be with us forever, sniff , it's good to have a stopgap. Needless to say, I enjoyed this one, even though I only picked it up about once every couple weeks. The change in routine and commute didn't help any. Apr 02, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it liked it.
Terribly silly, like all of his books. They don't all work for me, but this one did. I've been a bit depressed and I needed something terribly silly.
It's remarkable how much time Holt must spend thinking up incredibly complicated plots in the service of such utter silliness. Harmless way to while away the hours though, and it does seem to help him earn a living. Jun 16, Brian rated it really liked it. A tragic tale of laughs. Apr 27, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it Shelves: owned. Originally published on my blog here in May By the time he wrote Grailblazers, Tom Holt's style was well established.
Indeed, nearly all of his novels since Expecting Someone Taller have followed its successful format: a comic re-evaluation of themes and characters from a well known medieval legend set in the twentieth century, comedy being provided by the attempts of the characters to fit into a culture alien to them and allowing Holt to satirise the more ridiculous aspects of the moder Originally published on my blog here in May Indeed, nearly all of his novels since Expecting Someone Taller have followed its successful format: a comic re-evaluation of themes and characters from a well known medieval legend set in the twentieth century, comedy being provided by the attempts of the characters to fit into a culture alien to them and allowing Holt to satirise the more ridiculous aspects of the modern world.
This makes all these novels a little too similar to each other, as is also the case with Terry Pratchett 's Discworld series, but you can certainly say that if a reader enjoys one they will enjoy them all: the standard is much more even than the Discworld novels. In the case of Grailblazers, the medieval myth is that of the quest for the Holy Grail. In the fifteen hundred years since the quest of the Order of the Grail began, those knights who remain have become resigned to their lack of success, and are holding down normal twentieth century jobs insurance salesman, pizza deliverer and so on.
The major skills of the medieval knight have got rather out of date: who needs chivalry today? Then, when their leader retires to set up an estate agency, a new broom is appointed by Merlin to take over. Boamund is an anachronism. He drank drugged milk, and has spent the last fifteen hundred years asleep in a cave where his armour rusted so solid that he had to be released from it with an oxyacetylene torch. He immediately brings new enthusiasm to the knights' quest, to their dismay especially as they all remember him as a priggish prefect at the school of chivalry.
Jun 14, Tom Loock rated it it was amazing Shelves: comedy , graphic-novel. Ratings ranked A-Z: Absolutely delightful.
Grailblazers by Tom Holt (Hardback, 1994)
Ze best!! When I was given Grailblazers , I was a bit reluctant and decided to read just the first couple pages During their quests we meet 'entities' like the dwarf Toenail, a foul-mouthed Aussie unicorn, Graf Klaus von Weihnacht' oh the joys of being bilingual , Isocrates Minor and several other school children from Atlantis, the trapped ghost of a famous writer, 'special' time travellers and we learn that Ersatz coffee is Deutschmarks steeped in radiator oil.
It doesn't get any better than this. Apr 18, K. He awakes in the present, and is charged with finding the Holy Grail. His fellow grail hunting knights apparently couldn't die, because they'd never completed their quest. But they've given up grail hunting in favour of delivering pizzas and being accountants and what have you. The return of their long lost companion sees them grail hunting once again.
Look, it had its funny moments. But for the most part, it felt to me like a mash years ago, a knight is put into a magical sleep.