You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps, Paperback

You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (9 ratings)

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Colin Hollinghead is a young man going nowhere fast.

Working for his dad might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but starting at the bottom in the widget-making industry has somehow lost its appeal. And now the business is in trouble. At least his father has a plan to turn things round - a new work force that will improve profit margins and secure the company's future for eternity.

The deal looks great on paper, but they do say that the devil is in the detail - and the old rogue certainly seems to be involved in some capacity.

Colin needs help. Perhaps his new friend from J.W. Wells & Co. (Practical and Effective Magicians, Sorcerers and Supernatural Consultants) can help.

Sparkling with wit and oozing charm, Tom Holt's new comic caper will delight his readers and prove once and for all that going to work can actually be hell. And now the business is in trouble. At least his father has a plan to turn things round - a new work force that will improve profit margins and secure the company's future for eternity.

The deal looks great on paper, but they do say that the devil is in the detail - and the old rogue certainly seems to be involved in some capacity.

Colin needs help. Perhaps his new friend from J.W. Wells & Co. (Practical and Effective Magicians, Sorcerers and Supernatural Consultants) can help. Sparkling with wit and oozing charm, Tom Holt's new comic caper will delight his readers and prove once and for all that going to work can actually be hell.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781841492841

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My husband and daughter both recommended this book. It was hilarious. As the story goes along, the author gives just enough for it to slowly dawn on the reader what is going on, without him having to spell it all out.

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4.5

What is Colin Hollinghead's father's first name?What kind of tree is it that is growing up through the middle of the Hollinghead's House? Why would a widget factory be a long-standing client of J. W. Wells & Co. (Practical and Effective Magicians, Sorcerers and Supernatural Consultants? And why is Mr Hollinghead Senior not afraid of signing a contract selling his soul to the devil?Time will tell . . .

Review by
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In the continuing saga of J.W. Wells & Co. Practical & Effective Magicians, Sorcerers and Supernatural Consultants Tom Holt has provided another very amusing tale. The previous stories of JW Wells (The Portable Door, In Your Dreams, and Earth, Air, Fire and Custard) all dealt with the same two main characters. Now that they've been safely married and retired, Holt has a couple of new characters to kick around.You don't have to be evil... takes up with the old firm in dire straits. Quite a number of the senior partners were killed off in the previous books, and the company has been sold. At the same time, Cassie Clay, a new employee is caught up in a mangle of True Love, Star-Crossed Lovers, and a routine deal with the devil. In the middle of all of this is Collin Hollingshead, a fellow born into the brass widget making business and his fathers ambitions, just looking to get through life with a minimum of hassle.Holt tells his tale with his usual wit, managing to skewer just about every modern business practice, and provide a number of laugh out loud moments along the way to the requisite happy ending, with lovers reunited, stars uncrossed, the company back on its feet, and management thwarted.

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4

First book by Holt that I have read. A friend of a friend recommended them as hilarious. Started off very unfunny but once I got used to the voice and figured out more of what was going on I found it very humourous, in a British sort of way.

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I picked this book up on a whim because it looked funny. I have heard of Tom Holt before but have never read any books by him. This book was okay.I guess you could think of this book as Office Space meets Hell...or something like that. If you throw in a dash of star-crossed lovers and interfering angels and demons then you have this book. Does that help explain it? Probably not. The plotline was convoluted to say the least.So you have Colin whose dad is selling his soul to the Devil to get cheap workers for his factory so that the family business can compete with Chinese imports. You have Cassie who is the magical go between; you know the person who draws up and explains the contracts that Colin's father needs to sign with the devil(standard procedure obviously). Then you have a rift in space time that's been created because of a couple of star-crossed lovers who can't quite seem to get it right - even though they've been reincarnated numerous times to figure it all out. There is the case of mistaken identity as the powers that be try to fix the star-crossed lovers problem. Also what's up with the tree growing in Colin's parents' house?If the above sounds convoluted; well it is. This book was not an easy read, it was also not especially fun to read. There were some interested concepts and the writing style was matter of fact, with a British twist to it, and a forced sense of humor. Some parts of this book were mildly funny. I didn't find any of the characters especially interesting. Although the world that Holt created was interesting; everything was just too complicated and the story seemed to chase itself in circles.I almost didn't get through this book. I had to force myself to finish it. That being said it gets 3 stars (instead of 2) because I got a grand chuckle at the ending . It looks like Tom Holt has a number of books out there that are better than this one. I don't think I will be reading anymore of his books anytime soon. Guess that's what I get for reading something on a whim.

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