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Category: funny fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan, published 1987
ISBN: 1-85723-181-3, Paperback, 218 pages
ISBN: 0-70888-369-9, Paperback
Publisher: Hachette Digital, published 5 Nov 2009
ISBN: B002TXZT3O, Kindle edition, 218 pages
This novel is included in the omnibus Tall Stories: Omnibus 5.
This book has also been published (February 2002) in the omnibus Expecting Beowulf. (Available in US only)
"Expecting Someone Taller...what they got was Malcolm!"
Book synopsis (The back of the book says)
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 Inglof, last of the Giants. With his dying breath, he reluctantly handed to Malcolm two Gifts of Power, and made him ruler of the world.The book have been published with three different covers.
When first published by Macmillan, MacDonald made the cover. When Tom Holt changed publisher to Orbit, Josh Kirby made the covers for the first two novels. Later on they switched cover artist to Steve Lee, which has made most of the covers to Tom Holts books.
Read more about the cover artists in the FAQ.
This book is also being developed for the theatre: Musical/Theatre: Expecting Someone Taller.
This book has also been translated to French and German.
My review of this book
After reading this book I scribbled down this on the 31st of March 1997
It's for sure that Malcolm didn't intended to run over the poor badger, but there you are. Imagine his surprise when the Badger turns out to be Inglof, one of the last Giants. Before Inglof enter the stadium called definetly-quite-dead-and-not-moving-at-all he, very much reluctantly, makes Malcolm the ruler of the world.
Other people's reviews of this bookTom Knapp's review
Jim Loy's review
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What critics have said
Quotes from Expecting Someone Taller
'That's the trouble.' Loke was trembling. 'If you're mortal, all they can do is kill you. But if you're going to live forever, they can really get you.'
In fact, as they will be delighted to tell you,
'Get lost,' said Memory, and the bat did its best to obey.
Mr. Ayres winced slightly. He disliked the German race, probably because they had thoughtlessly capitulated before he had been old enough to get at them during the War.
`Anyway,' said the badger, 'what's your name?'
'Finally,' said Inglof, 'cut my arm and lick some of the blood.'
A tall man with long grey hair falling untidily over the collar of his dark blue suit leaned against the parapet eating an ice cream. Although impeccably dressed, he was palpably all wrong, and the two policemen looked at each other with pleasent anticipation.
In GermanThis novel has been translated into German and is called:
"Wir haben Sie irgendwie größer erwartet"Amazon Deutschland (Paperback) Wir haben Sie irgendwie größer erwartet
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