Two fantastic comic fantasies - EXPECTING SOMEONE TALLER and YE GODS! - available for the first time in one volume.
Tall Stories is another omnibus containing two of Tom Holt's beloved comic fantasies. In Expecting Someone Taller, all he did was run over a badger—sad, but hardly catastrophic. But it wasn’t Malcolm fisher’s day, for the badger turned out to be none other than Ingolf, last of the Giants. With his dying breath, Ingolf reluctantly handed to Malcolm two Gifts of Power and made him ruler of the world. But can Malcolm cope with the responsibility? In Ye Gods!, being a hero bothers Jason Derry. It’s easy to get maladjusted when your mom’s a suburban housewife and your dad’s the Supreme Being. It can be a real drag slaying monsters and retrieving golden fleeces from fire-spitting dragons, and then having to tidy your room before you can watch Star Trek. But it’s not the relentless tedium of imperishable glory that finally brings Jason to the end of his rope; it’s something so funny that it’s got to be taken seriously. Deadly seriously.
`I'm an archaeologist,' said Hildy. `I dig up the past.' The King raised an yeybrow. `You mean you refresh old quarrels and keep alive old grievances? Surely not.' `No, no,' said Hildy, `I dig up ancientthings buried in the earth. Things that belonged to people who lived hundreds of years ago.' As she said this, she began to feel uncomfortable.She had forgotton about the brooch. `Do you really?' said the King. 'We used to call that grave-robbing.'