Tom Holt is the author of Outsorcerer’s Apprentice.
A happy workforce, it is said, is a productive workforce.
Try telling that to an army of belligerent goblins. Or the Big Bad Wolf. Or a professional dragonslayer. Who is looking after their well-being? Who gives a damn about their intolerable working conditions, lack of adequate health insurance, and terrible coffee in the canteen?
Thankfully, with access to an astonishingly diverse workforce and limitless natural resources, maximizing revenue and improving operating profit has never really been an issue for the one they call “the Wizard.” Until now.
Because now a perfectly good business model — based on sound fiscal planning, entrepreneurial flair, and only one or two of the infinite parallel worlds that make up our universe — is about to be disrupted by a young man not entirely aware of what’s going on.
There’s also a slight risk that the fabric of reality will be torn to shreds. You really do have to be awfully careful with these things.
3 out of 5
Well, he is not Terry Pratchett I’ll tell you that. It seems the aim is to be funny but barely touches on any real funny streaks in there. Some amusing things. Aside from that lack, was the extreme predictability of this novel. Nothing catches you by surprise. The end, neat and tidy.
I admit I was expecting an author on the same level as Terry Pratchett and therefore was pretty disappointed when I found something else. I expect my humor to be, not silly, but right in the flow of the story. I want it to make me laugh out loud.