|Tom Holt is king! You can have your Terry Pratchetts, your
Robert Rankins. No one is the equal of Tom Holt!
Think about N-space, or foldspace, or
whatever your favourite author calls the kind of space that follows different laws and
allows people to travel faster than light/store more stuff than could possibly fit in that
bag/get a tan in winter. Theres some sort of scientific or mystical explanation of
it that amounts to, "It just works." Well, Holt does it differently.
"Neither parallel nor tangential, Van Spee Space bears roughly the same relation to
the Einsteinian continuum as the personal injury lawyers who advertise on daytime TV bear
to the mainstream legal profession. Its there, lots of people use it and nothing can
be done about it right now, not for want of trying, but its best not to harp on
about it when talking to respectable scientists, for fear of causing offence."
Holt claims on his website that
there are only a very limited number of jokes in the universe, and the trick is to
approach them from a slightly different angle. Hes got the trick down pat, and he
demonstrates that in this book. He creates elements so disparate they could never fit
together, then links them intimately. Its funny, scathing and irreverent; it is, in
fact, the essence of comedy, and I loved it.