Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausagesby Tom Holt
And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely
Polly is a real estate solicitor. She is also losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner's to pick up her dress for the party, it's not there. Not the dress - the dry cleaner's.
And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on - and it's going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out.
From one of the funniest voices in comic fiction today comes a hilarious tale of pigs and parallel worlds.
Blonde Bombshell is a clever, funny, tirelessly inventive, apocalyptic leg-hump of a book." - Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author"
Wacky humor bubbles through the polished narrative ... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance." - SFX
"Uniquely twisted...cracking gags..." - The Guardian (UK)"
Frantically wacky and willfully confusing...gratifyingly clever and very amusing." - Mail on Sunday"
Anything can happen... You turn the pages wondering, 'Whatever next?''SFX
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Meet the Author
Tom Holt was born in London in 1961. At Oxford he studied bar billiards, ancient Greek agriculture and the care and feeding of small, temperamental Japanese motorcycle engines; interests which led him, perhaps inevitably, to qualify as a solicitor and emigrate to Somerset, where he specialized in death and taxes for seven years before going straight in 1995. He lives in Chard, Somerset, with his wife and daughter.
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A sow that has figured out how to achieve teleportation, a dry cleaners that magically moves lock, stock and barrel every forty-eight hours, a slice of medieval world within a loo, battling knights, chickens who believe they're human, and disappearing housing estates. Just a typical day in the world Tom Holt has created in LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF SAUSAGES. I'm a big Tom Holt fan and was excited to see LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF SAUSAGES. It took me longer to get into this than any of my previous reads by Mr. Holt. There is a certain mindset required but even then it was hard to get into. For me it lacked the humor and fun that I've come to associate with Mr. Holt's flights of fancy. There were too many tangents, too many characters, and not enough cohesion. The result was a tad confusing on occasion and the tie together at the end was less than satisfying. It's worth the read, especially if you're a fan, but I felt it fell short of Mr. Holt's usual high standard. I received this from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Real Estate solicitor Polly Mayer fears she is losing her mind. First there is her coffee that someone else apparently drinks. Then there is her party dress at the dry cleaners; only problem is that the dry cleaning store is no longer at the spot where she swears she dropped off her dress. At work, someone has been counseling her clients and keeping her files current. Desperate Polly talks to her brother Donald the jingle writer who boiled water for pasta but has an empty box. After wishing his neighbor upstairs would leave, the pest abruptly goes away. He next meets chickens arguing that they are human and a sow searching for her missing offspring, Donald muses like Sherlock Holmes until he concludes magic exists, but has run wild. With his stunned sister, he investigates the pasta fiasco only to find experts trying to control the chaos as if pigs could fly; chauvinist sows and porkers attending Harvard or Oxford are attainable except the species is so picky as to the company they keep. This is an engaging irreverent slice of beef (don't say slice of pork, sausage or bacon unless you are in Congress) satirical fantasy. The story line contains too many subplots that fail to gel into a cohesive tale; yet readers who appreciate something different will enjoy the insanity of Tom Holt's chaos. Placing Gulliver's Travels in Animal Farm, Mr. Holt provides a Theater of the Absurd as the siblings learn pigs might fly. Harriet Klausner