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Being a hero bothers Jason. It's easy to get maladjusted when your mum's a suburban housewife and your dad's the Supreme Being. It can be a drag slaying fabulous monsters and retrieving golden fleeces from dragons, and then having to tidy your room before your mum'll let you watch "Star Trek"....

Title : Ye Gods!
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ISBN : 9781857230802
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Ye Gods! Reviews

  • Jared
    2019-02-28 04:35

    I'm very surprised that nobody has written a review of this book, yet. In the hopes that this will be useful to someone, here goes.For me, reading Tom Holt's Ye Gods is another attempt to find a funny fantasy writer like Terry Pratchett. The book actually reminded me of some of Pratchett's earlier Discworld books (for example, The Color of Magic, The Light Fantastic): short on plot, long on silliness, with a few insights sprinkled here and there.The plot is very similar to the Percy Jackson books (written by Rick Riordan, although Ye Gods is more geared toward adults and appears to be a stand-alone novel, where the Percy Jackson books are a series. In both, though, the main characters are caught between the Titans and the gods.In Ye Gods, Jason Derry is the son of Jupiter (the Roman god) and a mortal woman. This, of course, makes him a Hero, when he's not being a pest by doing things like killing large monsters and bringing home the bodies. (Imagine the cleaning bills!)Jupiter and the other gods are none too pleased with the way the world has turned out -- particularly that humanity is largely ignoring them. See, in addition to stealing fire and giving it to mankind, Prometheus also told man the first joke. Armed with humor, mankind was then able to successfully deal with life independent of the gods. So Jupiter and his fellow ex-gods try to change the world into a place where there is no laughter, so that they can have complete control over humans. Prometheus and another Titan have a plan to save the world. Jason figures very large in this plan.The book is fairly well written. Sometimes the humor (or humour, I suppose, since this is a British author) seems a little forced, but there were some good chuckles and a few good belly laughs. The characterization isn't terribly compelling -- something that I notice about Terry Pratchett's first books, too. Since this is one of Tom Holt's earlier books, I'm hopeful that he improves in his later books, too.

  • Jennifer Heise
    2019-03-17 08:43

    If you've gotten burnt out on the powers of the Greek gods a la Rick Riordan, this paean to the powers of aggro may be for you. It's not unlike Gods Behaving Badly, but funnier and rather less sordid.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-01 07:53

    Felt a little long but still good.

  • Tina
    2019-03-03 04:46

    Funny, if bit long. Tom Holt is a new author for me, and I liked this well enough to try his other works.

  • Nathan Dehoff
    2019-03-13 02:42

    I’m currently in the process of reading Rick Riordan’s latest book, The House of Hades, but Holt actually wrote about Greco-Roman gods and demigod heroes in the modern world before Riordan ever did. In the world presented by this book, the gods have basically retired, although they are still able to affect events in the mortal world through the games they play. The main protagonist is Jason Derry, the son of Jupiter (with a few exceptions, Holt sticks to the Roman names) and a suburban housewife, who spends much of his time slaying monsters and going on quests. Really, I didn’t feel he was a very well-developed character, but the book as a whole was funny enough that it didn’t matter all that much. We find out that Prometheus didn’t just bring fire to humanity, but also humor, and it was really this that upset Jupiter. After all, a sense of humor makes it harder to take the gods seriously. The Titan teams up with the eagle who eats his liver (they’ve developed a camaraderie over the centuries) and Gelos, the spirit of laughter, to stop the gods from destroying humor. The idea of jokes as weapons, while not original with Holt, is used to amusing effect. The gods typically act like you’d expect, with a lot of bickering and such, but I did find the characterization of Mars to be pretty interesting. Since warfare has greatly advanced and he hasn’t, he’s become quite nervous, and sometimes attends anti-war protests. As a mythology fan, I noted times when Holt stuck pretty closely to the myths as they’re generally known, and other times when he deviated quite a bit. For instance, he correctly identifies Lemnos as the place where Vulcan landed when thrown from Olympus, but his description of the Hydra is nothing like any version of the monster I’ve ever come across. He does provide an out for himself by saying that the myths were often edited by humans, though. And it’s not like there isn’t a lot of leeway when dealing with stories that were written in many different ways over the years anyway. Overall, quite a fun read.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-23 00:38

    So I think standard humor just isn't for me. I probay sound ridiculously picky or pedantic, but humor by itself just isn't enough to carry a story for me. It feels like eating potato chips - all the motions of food, but no actual substance or nutritional value.Was this funny? Yeah, I guess, at points. And the story itself was unique, even if the style of humor wasn't. It just felt like there wasn't much of a story there, and there weren't really any characters that felt fleshed out enough for me to invest in at all. It felt more like the author was trying to be clever for the sake of being clever than for the sake of telling a story.I'm not giving up on Holt - he's written a ton of stuff, and maybe I just picked the wrong book. But this was.... okay. I wish I could say it was amazing.

  • Steve Mitchell
    2019-03-24 08:50

    Jason Derry is a hero; his real father is none other than Jupiter. Jupiter is a nasty piece of work really, chaining Prometheus to a mountain just for bringing fire to the human race; except that is not all he did. Prometheus also told the first joke! He gave the humans a sense of humour with which they could literally laugh in the face of the gods; and the gods want it back!This book starts slowly and finishes more with a whimper than a bang; but there is more than enough fun and frolics in the middle to make it worth a read.

  • Tim Schneider
    2019-03-23 05:04

    This is the weakest book that I've read by Holt thus far. Not that there was anything inherently wrong with it. It just always felt like a bit of a chore to pick it up and read it. None of the characters really captured me. The situation wasn't so interesting that I felt compelled to keep reading as opposed to doing something else. It was just kind of there.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-17 01:38

    Jason is a hero who is pushed around by the gods, the enemies of the gods and his mum. This book is the tale of what happens when he finally cracks, and why he is fated to do so. As ever, there are puns galore from Holt, and I hope that a name check for Thyrestes is a good omen for the crossword competition in which he was the last answer! I'll let you know ...

  • Kelly
    2019-03-02 02:57

    Funny. And, Holt sustains the style, plot, characters throughout the entire book (a long one). I didn't feel any parts of it were lagging.

  • Freya Roberts
    2019-03-07 08:41

    Fantastical blending of Classical mythology and modern suburban life, Jason Derry's trials and tribulations as the son of Jupiter.

  • Cc Barrett
    2019-02-22 00:44

    Really excellent humor and writing and they are easy reads.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-25 06:03

    Not my favorite fantasy satire. Had some neat ideas throughout but just not one I'll be wanting to visit again. May be worth a read in a market dominated by Pratchett.

  • Jsrott
    2019-03-22 07:57

    Yet another Holt book that I enjoyed from cover to cover. I'm only sad that I haven't discovered him earlier, as now I have a ton of catching up to do.

  • Tyson
    2019-03-14 03:50

    Yes, another Tom holt novel. not high literature by any stretch of the imagination, but packed with funny jokes and puns that would make you groan. Great fun to read!

  • Rich Steeves
    2019-02-22 01:02

    Good stuffFunny and clever. A nice blend of mythology s s British wit. Found myself laughing out loud in more than one place!

  • Dan
    2019-03-21 05:05

    Funny book, but the ending left me dissatisfied

  • Sweetdhee
    2019-03-08 01:40

    five thousandsat jatinegara

  • Sophie
    2019-02-27 03:37

    The combination of themes in this made my head spin! Can understand why Jason was so aggravated by the end.

  • Katrina F
    2019-03-10 03:36

    I wanted to like this book, but all I could think while reading it is that Tom Holt lacks the inexplicable thing that makes Terry Prachett and Douglas Adams so brilliant.

  • Izzy
    2019-03-03 02:01

    One of the strangest books i have ever read... In a good way.

  • Sasha
    2019-03-14 03:05

    A less funnny and more confusing version of Terry Pratchett's Small Gods.

  • Marie
    2019-02-22 04:51

    The humorous mythical style reminds me of Neil Gaiman. Enjoying it very much so far

  • A.D. Starrling
    2019-03-02 09:02

    Bizarre, funny. One of the best novels by this author.

  • Tom
    2019-03-17 07:36

    Tom Holt has a lot of fun messing about with Greek gods in the modern world. The pace never lets up and it's often very funny, if a little silly.