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Category: funny fantasy fiction
First published: 5 Jun 1997
Publisher: Orbit, published
ISBN: 1857234766, Hardcover, 320 pages
Size: 21.4 x 13.6 x 3 cm
Publisher: Orbit, published 2 April 1998
ISBN: 1857235568, Paperback, 312 pages
Size: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
Publisher: Hachette Digital, published 5 Nov 2009
ISBN: B002TZ3EKC, Kindle edition, 312 pages

This novel is included in the omnibus Saints and Sinners: Omnibus 6.

"Just say the magic words"

Book synopsis (The back of the book says)

There was something wrong! Just as the boiling water was about to be poured on his head and the man with the red book appeared and his life flashed before his eyes, Akram the Terrible, the most feared thief in Baghdad, knew this had happened before. Many times. And he was damned if he was going to let it happen again. Just because he was a character in a story didn't mean that it always had to end this way. Meanwhile, back in Southampton, it's a bit of a shock for Michelle when she puts on her Aunt Fatima's ring and the computer and the telephone start to bitch at her for past misdemeanors. But that's nothing compared to the story that her kitchen appliances have to tell her.
This was the last of Tom Holts' books that Steve Lee made the cover for. Read more about the cover artists in the FAQ.
The issue August 1997 of Interzone contains a review of the book by Ken Brown.
This book is supposedly translated to German, but I do not think it was actually ever published.

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What critics have said

`When Tom Holt's on form, the world seems a much cheerier place'
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Quotes from Open Sesame

The conscientious arsonist doesn't just set the building on fire; first he fills the fire extinguishers with petrol.
Human beings can get used to virtually anything, given plenty of time and no choice in the matter whatsoever.


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Quote from Ye Gods!

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.
(Tom Holt, "Ye Gods!")
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