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ISBN13: 9781841495033
ISBN10: 1841495034
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It touches all our lives; our triumphs and tragedies, our proudest achievements, our most traumatic disasters. Alloyed of love and fear, death and fire, and the inscrutable acts of the gods, insurance is indeed the force that binds the universe together. Hardly surprising, therefore, that Frank Carpenter, one of the foremost magical practitioners of our age, felt himself irresistibly drawn to it. Until, that is, he met Jane, a high-flying corporate heroine with an annoying habit of falling out of trees and getting killed. Repeatedly. It's not long before Frank and Jane find themselves face to face with the greatest enigma of our times: When is a door not a door? When it's a mousetrap.

Review:

"In this witty, highly amusing tale, British comic fantasist Holt (Barking) describes a modern-day England where magical creatures and sorcerers are commonplace. Mild-mannered Frank Carpenter uses his Acme Portable Door to travel anywhere in time and space and reverse disasters for 10% of the recouped insurance payout. But when his latest assignment, mythological pest exterminator Emily Spitzer, keeps dying, Frank must figure out how to disable the titular device, which kills in 'every possible alternative reality in the multiverse.' Things only get more complicated when Frank becomes smitten with his well-armed damsel-in-distress. Eloquently snarky prose supports an otherwise clunky plot replete with fanciful coincidences and unnecessarily convoluted time travel, and Holt's quirky characters and whimsical voice successfully infuse life into this entertaining romantic comedy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Funny and intriguingly complex — a difficult juggling act that Holt carries off with aplomb." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative....Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance." SFX (UK)

Review:

"Uniquely twisted...cracking gags." Rob Grant, The Guardian (UK)

Review:

"Frantically wacky and willfully confusing...gratifyingly clever and very amusing." Mail on Sunday (UK)

Review:

"Frothy, fast and funny." Scotland on Sunday

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Tom Holt is the author of more than 20 comic fantasy novels.

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Samantha Martin, February 12, 2009 (view all comments by Samantha Martin)
Tom Holt can turn any idea to gold. It's no surprise this new book is both hilarious and a pleasure to read. I highly recommend "The Better Mousetrap".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781841495033
Publisher:
Orbit Book Co.
Subject:
Humorous
Author:
Holt, Tom
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
345
Dimensions:
8.58x5.60x1.23 in. 1.09 lbs.

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Product details 345 pages Orbit Book Co. - English 9781841495033 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this witty, highly amusing tale, British comic fantasist Holt (Barking) describes a modern-day England where magical creatures and sorcerers are commonplace. Mild-mannered Frank Carpenter uses his Acme Portable Door to travel anywhere in time and space and reverse disasters for 10% of the recouped insurance payout. But when his latest assignment, mythological pest exterminator Emily Spitzer, keeps dying, Frank must figure out how to disable the titular device, which kills in 'every possible alternative reality in the multiverse.' Things only get more complicated when Frank becomes smitten with his well-armed damsel-in-distress. Eloquently snarky prose supports an otherwise clunky plot replete with fanciful coincidences and unnecessarily convoluted time travel, and Holt's quirky characters and whimsical voice successfully infuse life into this entertaining romantic comedy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Funny and intriguingly complex — a difficult juggling act that Holt carries off with aplomb."
"Review" by , "Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative....Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance." (UK)
"Review" by , "Uniquely twisted...cracking gags." (UK)
"Review" by , "Frantically wacky and willfully confusing...gratifyingly clever and very amusing." (UK)
"Review" by , "Frothy, fast and funny."
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