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Category: humourous fantasy fiction
First published: 1992
Publisher: Little, Brown, published
ISBN: 1857230167, Hardcover, 304 pages
Size: 22 x 14.4 x 2.8 cm
Publisher: Orbit, published 28 Jan 1993
ISBN: 1857230809, Paperback, 304 pages
Size: 17.7 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
Publisher: Hachette Digital, published 1 Oct 2009
ISBN: B002TZ3ELQ, Kindle edition, 304 pages

This novel is included in the omnibus Tall Stories: Omnibus 5.

"Ye Gods!"

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BOYS WILL BE ... BOYS?
It's easy to get maladjusted when your mum's a suburban housewife and your dad's the Suprume Being. It can be a real drag of slaying fabulous monsters and retrieving golden fleeces from fire-spitting dragons, and then having to tidy your room berfore your mum'll let you watch Star Trek.

But it's not the relentless tedium of imperishable glory taht finally brings Jason to the end of his rope; it's something so funny that it's got to be taken seriously.
Deadly seriously ...



A suburban house, a child called Jason who strangles large snakes whilst still in his cot, the Olympian gods and a Girl Next Door are the ingredients of this fantasy by Tom Holt, author of Flying Dutch and Expecting Someone Taller .
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 .
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Quotes from Ye Gods!

The best definition of an immortal is someone who hasn't died yet.
Ms. Fisichelli's eyebrows shot up like share prices in April.
Telepathic communication is very rapid indeed; compared with two seasoned telepaths thinking quickly, words are second-class letters to Penzane in Dundee on a Sunday.
Jason squared his shoulders, drew the Sword of - I couldn't give a toss what it's supposed to be called, he said to himself, I shall call it Freckles - and took one step forward.
`Now then, Pol, you and I and Mary and the dog will form the rearguard, and the rest of us...'
`That only leaves me,' said Jason.
`The rest of us will form the front line contingents. Ready, Jason?'
`No.'
`Here they come.'
...in the revised version to be found in the Shorter Harvard Orthodoxy:
  (a) I think therefore I am; or
  (b) Perhaps I thought, therefore I was; but
  (c) These days, I tend to leave all that side of things to my wife
Jason, meanwhile, was getting nicely into his rhytm. He had split the Helmet of Authority, sliced the thunderbolts into mortadella, shattered the Breastplate of Power and was just about to make an end of it when...
  `Jason!' said a voice behind him. `You stop that immediately, you hear me?'
  Jason sighed very, very deeply and lowered his sword.
  `Yes, mum,' he said.
One view is that mankind has a desperate need to believe in something, preferably something so blatantly absurd that only blind, unquestioning faith will suffice - for example, the belief which sprang up in the late nineteenth century and was still widely current in Jason Derry's time and which held that human beings were not in fact created at all but were somehow the descendants of bald, mutant monkeys. The other view is that there is never anything much on television during the summer.
The plain truth of the matter is that if you put more than two or three atoms together in a confined space for any length of time, sooner or later they're going to get on each other's wick, and then they start hurling themselves about and colliding with each other. They also shout a lot, but since the science of physics is in its infancy, nobody has yet constructed an instrument sensitive enough to monitor the voices of millions of tiny atoms debating with each other whose turn it is to do the washing up. Probably just as well, if you ask me.


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Just when you've squared up to the solemn realisation that life is a bitch, it turns round and does something nice, just to confuse you.
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