It's hard to be objective about this book. I first read it when it came out (mid 80s?) and loved it. It was comic fantasy at a time when Pratchett was just becoming huge (i.e. he had about 6-7 discworld books out) but it had its own style and sensibility. It was based on a source material - The Ring Cycle operas - that I didn't know and therefore it couldn't disappoint me. And it had an unrequited love story rom-com plot. I was always a sucker for those.
I've read it again several times including once recently when I was quite ill. It's a comfort read for me.
However having aged a bit, perhaps become a bit more cynical and read more recent Tom Holt (which I did not enjoy) I'm aware that perhaps if I read it for the first time now I wouldn't enjoy it as much.
Hey ho - we're not pretending these reviews are objective are we?
Expecting Someone Taller Mass Market Paperback – 1 September 1996
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- Publisher : Ace Books; Reprint edition (1 September 1996)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 044122332X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441223329
- Dimensions : 10.72 x 1.78 x 17.17 cm
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A Comfort ReadReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2013
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Very funny for everyone - even funnier if you know your Wagner!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2016
If you like the kind of fantasy which takes historical or mythological characters and dumps them into a very ordinary modern situation, this is a great example. In it Tom Holt creates a situation where a much put-upon young man comes into the ownership of the ring and the Tarnhelm from Wagner's Ring cycle. Many of Wagner's characters then come out of the woodwork, eager to recover it for themselves. If you don't know the story of the Ring, it is still funny, because Holt cleverly fills us in as we go along. If you do know it, the book is even funnier. I think this was his first published novel, and it is short, crisp, and fast-moving, with a hilariously lunatic logic of its own.
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Witty and amusing - even for WagneriansReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 August 2011
This is an enjoyable novel based on Wagner's Ring Cycle, although it certainly takes liberties with its presentation of characters and plot. Despite that I thought it nicely balanced - being sufficiently ridiculous and extreme that most Wagnerians will find it amusing (rather than sacrilegious). All in all however it is pretty light fiction and I sense that often the author is laughing at himself; but towards the end there is some powerful writing and I was impressed. Don't buy this if you just want the Ring Cycle explained but do buy it for a lighthearted escape from reality with some old friends - Rhine Maidens, Wotan and his daughters etc. If you don't care tuppence for Wagner this is probably not the book for you.
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Re-readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2018
Excellent read would highly recommend this to anyone.havebjust started rereading these books by Tom holt and they are still interesting
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A delightful piece of silly fun. It swims you out beyond the last coastal ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2015
A delightful piece of silly fun. It swims you out beyond the last coastal port in favour of any sanity and leaves you to swim on towards the horizon of insanity for all you are worth. Read it in private because the level of your laughter will deeply embarass you in public.