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Valhalla
Tom Holt

Classification : Sff (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
Pub Date : May 20, 2004
Imprint : Orbit
Page Extent : 288
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9781841490427
Price : 725

About the book
As everyone knows, when great warriors die their reward is eternal life in Odin's great hall - otherwise known as Valhalla.

But Valhalla has changed. It's grown. It's diversified. Just like any corporation, the Valhalla Group has had to adapt to survive.

Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared it for the arrival of Carol Kortright, one-time cocktail waitress, currently dead, and not at all happy.

Sparkling comic fantasy from one of Britain's sharpest, funniest writers.

More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit web-site at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

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Indeed Odin gives everyone personalised Valhallas that nastily twist their own wish-fulfilment dreams. Clever one-liners and bizarre ideas come thick and fast as ever--few people suspected that the "voices" heard by Joan of Arc included police radios and>
Rewriting the classic gods for comic effect is a Tom Holt speciality, and Valhalla returns to Odin the Skyfather, much mistreated in Holt's first funny fantasy Expecting Someone Taller 1987). Valhalla is the afterlife where warriors forever feast, get drunk, laugh at each other and are reborn the next day--the Viking idea of fun. But Odin, a devious bastard, has made changes ... For Howard the pretend Viking, who joined the War-Band of Sigurd Bloodtooth (Smethwick chapter) in hope of pulling girls, Valhalla is a gory shoot-up with modern weapons. For older killers like Attila, Napoleon and Hitler it's like the thrilling suspense of watching paint dry. For Lin Kortright, theatrical agent to the gods, it's endless gruelling auditions for the part of Lin Kortright--every time, he "dies" on stage. Carol the cocktail waitress lands in a similar dead-end job as a serving wench in the traditional Valhalla, where there's a special briefing for Americans:>
A light read from the prolific humorist; a romp round the multiverse>
     
Tom Holt
Tom Holt is the author of comic fantasy classics such as WHO'S AFRAID OF BEOWULF? WISH YOU WERE HERE and ONLY HUMAN and historical fiction including THE WALLED ORCHARD and OLYMPIAD.
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Dead Funny: Omnibus 1 (PB)
Divine Comedies: Omnibus 3 (PB)
Djinn Rummy (HB)
Doughnut (PB)
Earth, Air, Fire And Custard (HB)
Earth, Air, Fire and Custard (PB)
Falling Sideways (PB)
Fishy Wishes: Omnibus 7 (PB)
For Two Nights Only: Omnibus 4 (PB)
Here Comes the Sun (PB)
In Your Dreams (PB)
In Your Dreams (HB)
Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Sausages (PB)
Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Sausages (PB)
Little People (HB)
Little People (PB)
May Contain Traces Of Magic (PB)
Mightier Than The Sword: Omnibus 2 (PB)
Nothing But Blue Skies (PB)
Only Human (PB)
Open Sesame (PB)
Saints And Sinners: Omnibus 6 (PB)
Snow White And The Seven Samurai (PB)
Someone Like Me (PB)
Tall Stories: Omnibus 5 (PB)
The Better Mousetrap (PB)
The Better Mousetrap (HB)
The Good, the Bad and the Smug (PB)
The Management Style of the Supreme Beings (PB)
The Outsorcerer's Apprentice (PB)
The Portable Door (PB)
The Walled Orchard (PB)
When It's A Jar (PB)
You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps (PB)
You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps (HB)