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When It's A Jar (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Tom Holt

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Revue de presse

"Wacky humor bubbles through the polished narrative... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance."

"Uniquely twisted...cracking gags..." --- The Guardian (UK)

"Frantically wacky and willfully confusing...gratifyingly clever and very amusing." --- Mail on Sunday

"Blonde Bombshell is a clever, funny, tirelessly inventive, apocalyptic leg-hump of a book." --- Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author

Présentation de l'éditeur

Maurice has just killed a dragon with a breadknife. And had his destiny foretold . . . and had his true love spirited away. That's precisely the sort of stuff that'd bring out the latent heroism in anyone. Unfortunately, Maurice is pretty sure he hasn't got any latent heroism.

Meanwhile, a man wakes up in a jar in a different kind of pickle (figuratively speaking). He can't get out, of course, but neither can he remember his name, or what gravity is, or what those things on the ends on his legs are called . . . and every time he starts working it all out, someone makes him forget again. Forget everything.

Only one thing might help him. The answer to the most baffling question of all.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 991 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 384 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit (17 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°272.469 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

En savoir plus sur l'auteur

Tom Holt est né à Londres en 1961. Il a abandonné sa carrière d'avocat en 1995 pour un travail honnête : écrivain. J'vous imaginais pas comme ça est son premier roman.  26 ouvrages plus tard, dont une fausse autobiographie de Margaret Thatcher, il est l'outsider de Terry Pratchett en Grande-Bretagne parmi les maîtres de la Fantasy humoristique et figure comme lui dans la liste des meilleures ventes généralistes. Bref, c'est une star !

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Amazon.com: 4.0 étoiles sur 5  20 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Just for fun 7 janvier 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Although this book is a follow on to Doughnut, I read it first (and enjoyed it much more.) This story stands alone beautifully, and is a more diverting tale than Doughnut. I enjoyed the characters in it, and would recommend this to people who are not Holt fans already. If you are looking for a 'just for fun' read, this book will continually assault your sense of the absurd, while involving you in a mini mystery while you try to figure out what is going on.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Holt is Holt 7 février 2014
Par Jessica Weissman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This is Tom Holt's zillionth work of satirical fantasy. He doesn't break any new ground here - we have another go-around on the "something bad and supernatural is happening and some guy gets stuck fixing it, plus some perfunctory romance". There are evil beings behind it, but there isn't a lot of gore or terror or anything.

That said, it is an enjoyable ride. Holt is inventive, he makes his strange situations pretty credible, and the language sparkles. He is good at working out the details of odd premises in a logically consistent way..once you accept the loony premises it all makes sense. Sure there are a lot of chase sequences, but that's the nature of this type of book. He's better than most at making the chase sequences hang together.

If you've read Holt you know what you're getting. Don't expect a lot of depth, just a lot of laughs. And watch out for those evil nerds who might get to have the lfe meant for you.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Quirky, silly, fun 9 juin 2014
Par Katherine - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

When It’s a Jar is Tom Holt’s sequel to last year’s Doughnut. It can stand alone, but you probably want to at least read about Doughnut first (here is Stefan’s review). In Doughnut, physicist Theo Bernstein made a math error which blew up the Very Very Large Hadron Collider. Then from his friend, a famous physicist, he inherits a bottle which is a portal to the multiverse he never knew existed. Now he can travel to different parallel universes through the holes in doughnuts. Or bagels work, too.

In When It’s a Jar, Theo is back and is again having some life-threatening trouble with the multiverse. He’s stuck in a jar and keeps having his memories wiped. Each time he has to start over, reconstructing all of his knowledge about the world and his situation from “first principles.” Who will save him?

Our “hero” this time is Maurice, a recently unemployed man who has had a rather disappointing life so far. George, his best friend from high school, is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet and he unwittingly makes Maurice feel like a failure. Also, another problem is that Maurice never got around to telling his other best friend, Stephanie, that he’s been in love with her for most of his life, and now she might end up with George. But once Maurice gets involved with Theo and the multiverses, he wonders if perhaps he’s in the wrong parallel universe. Maybe he was meant to be someone else.

When It’s a Jar is typical of Tom Holt — quirky, silly, and funny. The plot is delightfully absurd and it twists and turns unexpectedly. Holt pokes fun at all sorts of human behaviors, and this is genuinely entertaining. For example, Maurice’s friend George is a ruthless capitalist, but he’s Green, so to reduce his carbon footprint, he bikes around the city…. accompanied by a cavalcade of diesel-emitting black SUVs. However, the jokes are non-stop and they become tiresome after a while. (Example: “Maurice’s jaw dropped like BP shares after an oil spill.”)

As Stefan mentions, the influence of Terry Pratchett is so obvious that a reviewer has to remark on it. In fact, Maurice, whose favorite word is “um,” appears to be modeled after Rincewind, Pratchett’s dull untalented wizard who, despite his lack of drive and guts, always manages to save the day. Yet, Holt’s work (at least judging from Doughnut and When It’s a Jar) lack the depth of characterization and insight that Pratchett achieves. Still, he’s pretty entertaining.

I listened to the audio version produced by Hachette Audio and read by Ray Sawyer. I loved Sawyer’s narration. He has a lovely British accent and interprets Holt’s humor perfectly. I’m sure I enjoyed When It’s a Jar more because of the excellent narration.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The best of all possible worlds (4.5 stars) 6 avril 2014
Par TChris - Publié sur Amazon.com
When It's a Jar pushes the multiverse theory to absurd limits ... except, when you think about it (as Tom Holt clearly has), it's impossible to do that because a popular version of the theory assumes that absurd events (indeed, every imaginable event) actually occur in some part of the multiverse. There is no limit to absurdity because, in the multiverse, there are no limits at all. Hence Holt's formula for fun.

When is a door not a door? When it could be anything, including a portal between dimensions. In Doughnut, Holt explored interdimensional travel through a donut hole using something called YouSpace. The doughnuts are present in When It's a Jar, but Holt has added the notion of a "constant object," something that stays the same no matter what dimension it occupies. Rather than spoiling the surprise of what the constant object happens to be, I'll just say that once it's revealed, parts of the novel that seemed to make no sense at all gain meaning while other parts gain new meaning. And that's just cool. Almost as cool, in fact, as the guy living in a jar who manages by a process of reasoning to figure out pretty much everything there is to know until his memories get wiped out, forcing him to start all over ... again and again and again.

The key character in When It's a Jar is hapless Maurice, who (after seeing a levitating doughnut and realizing that physics is whack) has dedicated himself to being an unhappy slacker, a profession that his degree in media studies encourages. Maurice's unwanted destiny is to be a hero (or so he is told, often by complete strangers). Poor Maurice feels displaced, which makes sense given his uncertainty as to his place in the multiverse, an uncertainty that grows as he visits different universes. In the universe he likes best -- the best of all possible worlds -- he is a genius physicist billionaire who married the woman he loves. In the one he inhabits during most of the novel, the woman he loves is shagging his old schoolmate. The heroic act that is expected of Maurice involves Max (last seen in Doughnut) who is also stuck in the wrong part of the multiverse. Max needs Maurice to rescue him and then to save Max's brother, Theo Bernstein (last seen in Doughnut) who is stuck in -- you guessed it -- a jar. Theo, by the way, is also God (sort of -- just read Doughnut).

Holt has an astonishing ability to surround cleverness with goofiness. Some scenes are just wickedly funny, including one in which Katz is drugged and made to tell the truth during a job interview. Some (like an elf's explanation of the reason newspapers endure) are thought-provoking. Yes, there are elves and goblins and dragons, because they have to exist somewhere in the multiverse, but no need to worry -- this isn't a traditional fantasy, and goblins occupy only a small but very funny part of the novel.

You could probably read, understand, and enjoy When It's a Jar without first reading Doughnut, but given the overlapping storylines and the fact that Doughnut is also a very funny book, it's better to read them both. While the two novels share characters and concepts, When It's a Jar moves the story into new dimensions of weirdness. Taken together, they represent a unique, witty, and intelligent take on the multiverse theory. If I could, I would give When It's a Jar 4 1/2 stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great read from a distinguished author 21 février 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It seems like I am always waiting for the next Tom Holt book to come out. I purchased this book in anticipation as soon as it came out and was very happy with the content.
This book is a prequel to doughnut and answers a lot of unanswered questions. If you are a fan of science fantasy like me, you will like these well written books.
Some people find that the plots are hard to follow because there are several themes running at the same time. This may be true, however; they all come together by the end. It is worth the effort.
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