The Management Style of the Supreme Beings

The Management Style of the Supreme Beings When the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn t for them any it s inevitable that things get a bit of a shake up It soon becomes apparent that our new owners the Venturi brothers

  • Title: The Management Style of the Supreme Beings
  • Author: Tom Holt
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn t for them any , it s inevitable that things get a bit of a shake up.It soon becomes apparent that our new owners, the Venturi brothers, have a very different perspective on all sorts of things Take Good and Evil, for example For them, it s an outdated concept that never worked particularly well in theWhen the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn t for them any , it s inevitable that things get a bit of a shake up.It soon becomes apparent that our new owners, the Venturi brothers, have a very different perspective on all sorts of things Take Good and Evil, for example For them, it s an outdated concept that never worked particularly well in the first place.Unfortunately, the sudden disappearance of right and wrong, while welcomed by some, raises certain concerns amongst those still attached to the previous team s management style.In particular, there s one of the old gods who didn t move out with the others A reclusive chap, he lives somewhere up north, and only a handful even believe in him.But he s watching And he really does need to know if you ve been naughty or nice.

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    1. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!This was a very funny surprise. I mean, the title itself is quite droll and I expected a lot of dry sarcasm and satire, but what didn't know could really fill a book. This one, in fact.I'm so happy I finally got around to reading Tom Holt. I mean, I've seen his name in the bookstores and he's apparently very popular with folks, but I kept skipping right past him, not having a clue.Well, now I do! Who knew that god and his son and his ne'er-do-well second son were [...]

    2. A very funny satire fantasy novel in the vein of Douglas Adams. My 1st Holt novel and it was what I expected. Cool idea but I felt like it ran out of steam around the 50% mark. Some thought provoking and current issues are brought up, be it religion, culture and believe it or not business administration issues haha. I think it may have helped from a different release date having Santa as a major contributor. Still prefer Mr Adams and Pratchett when it comes to this genre.

    3. Published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Declan GreenThere is a good reason that comedic fiction is not a very common genre – it is devilishly difficult to write without becoming self-gratuitous and unoriginal. Luckily for Tom Holt, he’s right on the mark for his newest comedic science-fiction fantasy novel, The Management Style of the Supreme Beings.It is a simple premise for a story that is explored imaginatively and humorously. To summarise, God is tired of managing the Earth so he decides [...]

    4. "Ho, ho, ho?" Then he grinned, ear to ear. "He's back,"* * * 3 / 5When I first laid eyes upon the cover of The Management Style of the Supreme Beings, I thought it was one of those slightly weird self-help books. You know the kind, the Seven Habits of the Highly Effective Worker, or How To Get Rich Quick, and Sell Your Soul To The Devil That Is Capitalism kind of book. Obviously, this is intentional, and the content of The Management Style of the Supreme Beings is every bit as weird as its cover [...]

    5. Probably the only thing worse than a book that tries to be funny and fails is a book you expect to be funny and fails. From the concept and title this seemed like a book with a lot of potential, but it's basically wasted on its one-note idea and execution.Dad and Jay (the trinity is completed with uncle Ghost) leave for a fishing trip, leaving the earth in charge of the second and lesser-loved son Kevin. On the trip Dad informs Jay that he's decided to sell the divine rule of the earth to the Ve [...]

    6. Absolutely hilarious and great concept. Character’s include God’s other son (Kevin), the older brother Jay (Jesus), Uncle Nick (Satan) and a few other surprises. I was so enthralled with this book that I read it in one day. If you ever wondered what would happen if God decided to retire and sell Earth, Heaven and Hell to a capitalist crazed set of twin aliens then this is the book for you. Just loved it.

    7. Eat of the fruit of any tree in the garden but not this one was a trap, sure as God made little green apples.—p.315 (emphasis added)I was just saying, not all that long ago, that Tom Holt is reliable—that you really know what you're getting with one of his novels. "Like slipping into a warm bath," is what I said back in 2016. And that's still true. The Management Style of the Supreme Beings is most definitely a Tom Holt book. But even so this one's a departure of sorts—we're not dealing wi [...]

    8. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:If you are looking for a book that satirizes religion without getting too damn dark, THE MANAGEMENT STYLE OF THE SUPREME BEINGS is perfect for you. It makes you think without drowning the reader in morality. It is such a fun read that the 400 pages fly by.Our hero is Jersey Thorpe, an Indiana Jones type character who is a bit full of himself but quite good at discovering the biggest secrets left behind by previous civilizations. Unfortunately for him, [...]

    9. Tom Holt does it again! With his signature dry wit and observational satire, Tom Holt's latest book is a wonderfully clever story about creation myths and the beings that run them. There are many original and exciting aspects about this universe to love, but my favorite one is the idea that the business of creation is exactly that: a business. It all begins when God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) takes the cosmic businessgods the Venturi Brothers up on their offer to buy his Creation, with an ey [...]

    10. koeur.wordpress/2017/05/0Publisher: OrbitPublishing Date: June 2017ISBN: 9780316270823Genre: FantasyRating: 4.9/5Publishers Description: When the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn’t for them any more, it’s inevitable that things get a bit of a shake-up. It soon becomes apparent that our new owners, the Venturi brothers, have a very different perspective on all sorts of things. Take Good and Evil, for example. For them, it’s an outdated concept that never worked partic [...]

    11. I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this bookSOTSB is a fun comedy fantasy somewhere along the Adams-Pratchett axis, focussed on what happens if God/ the Gods were like business execs, operating their divine realms for profit. In the way of such fantasies, it doesn't do to think too hard about the details (in what currency would such transactions be settled?) but the concept gives Holt plenty of scope for humour and, indeed, for some musings on morality, character and the foible [...]

    12. 4.3 starsThis is the first official Tom Holt book I've read and finished. I liked his novella The Devil You Know written under his pseudonym KJ Parker but DNF his The Good, the Bad and the Smug (not to my taste). He has been likened to the esteemed Sir Pratchett so I was curious to how the comparison would hold up.The premise here is that God and his sons (yes, there are two sons) decide to sell the 'family business' to the Venturi brothers from Mars. Just to clarify though, God as written here [...]

    13. What happens when God wants to retire? He sells Heaven and Hell of course and embarks upon an eternal cosmic fishing trip with his eldest son Jay. The new owners, the Venturi Brothers (Martians) take over Earth and declare that Hell is no longer accepting new intakes. Sins now have a price tag that must be paid in full by the time of the offense or the offender ends up in Marhsalsea, a jail where nobody ages as rotting in a cell is now considered cruel and unusual punishment. The Devil Nick esse [...]

    14. ----------" you believe in Santa Claus?"Kevin paused for a moment before answering. "You mean, does he exist? Yes, he does."Jersey's eyes opened wide, but he didn't say anything. "You sound awfully sure," Lucy said. "That's, um, unusual in a grown up.""Well, yes. Do you believe in the internal combustion engine?""What? I mean, well, yes. It's not something you need to believe in. It's just there."Kevin nodded. "They're both equally miraculous or equally mundane, depending on whether you happen t [...]

    15. We've all heard the ridiculous notion that the government should be run like a business. Well, this is essentially proposing the idea of the metaphysical being run like a business, a frequently recurring concept in Holt's books. Here, the premise is that God and Jesus decide to retire and sell the Earth, which is purchased by two Martian brothers who decide to do away with good and evil as we know them, and instead simply demand cash payments for sins. It actually does decrease the crime rate an [...]

    16. SOME SPOILERS AHEAD.1st star was for the idea itself. A stroke of genius on Holt's part and a premise that had me eager to read the book. 2nd star was for the quick wit and dialogue. I liked the interactions between the 'celestial' beings, although it took me a little while to figure out who was who. Holt's characterisation was quirky and human, despite the fact that his protagonists were anything but. Kevin was my favourite character because it was so easy to relate him. 3rd star was for the th [...]

    17. Tom Holt takes potentially-grand subjects and treats them as mundanely as possible. If a choir of angels attends the protagonist's birth, he'll focus on the difficulty of diapering a baby when there are dozens of angels in the way. It's hard to tell why sometimes the dead-pan humor results in a highly-enjoyable book and sometimes it flops. This book worked.God has been in the deity business too long, and he's burnt out. So when the Venturi brothers offer to buy him out, he's willing to listen. T [...]

    18. Well, I love Tom Holt, but this was not one of his best. It has all the trademark jokes, puns etc. on every page, but it just seemed a little too simple in its plot and story. Usually, Holt is way wackier than this. As usual, he takes aim at giant corporations like , governments, lawyers, religion, generally anything that is overinflated. And as usual, dopey guy meets crabby, but savvy girl and mostly through her the day is saved. Unfortunately, there is not that much of her in this book as she [...]

    19. Though I've enjoyed Tom Holt's earlier books, I fell out of practice of reading his novels. This is the first in a long time that I've read. And what a trip. Holt is a satirist, much like Pratchett, but this book leans a bit more on the ideas side than Pratchett. The book covers a conflict between a number of Supreme Beings, and how they "manage" our world. When God, or Dad as he's called in the book, decides to sell off the Family Business to the Venturi brothers, the fun and conflict gets roll [...]

    20. I fell in love with Tom Holt's fantasies long ago. They were a special treat from Britain, and I would look for his books whenever I was in London, back before . Seemed like there were always new ones I hadn't seen, which had come out since my last trip. Now, his books are available in the US they're even here in my local library! We are SO lucky! Tom's recent books hadn't resonated as much for me, but this one really is classic Tom Holt, in my opinion. Just nailed it. Hilarious situations. Cutt [...]

    21. If you loved Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you'll enjoy this book too. It's clever and funny (and occasionally punny too) in a very British kind of way. While I occasionally laughed out loud while reading it, I more often snickered quietly. When God and his eldest son, Jay, decide to retire and sell off Earth, the new owners are happy to let people "sin" as long as they can pay for it. Crime goes down, but so does happiness. Meanwhile, God's younger son, Kevin, refuses to leave Earth for bet [...]

    22. This is crack, and also Not My Favoured Genre.I enjoyed reading this. It makes a lot of funny references to Western culture (e.g. bread and fish, jokes about George and George W.). Because of how contemporary the jokes are, it doesn't appear to me to be a book that will stand up to the test of time, but for now: it is quite amusing. It's a very fun take on bureaucracy as well, and I enjoyed how the Venturis were made relatable towards the end.There's a bit of crack element to it - things happen [...]

    23. Oh, Tom Holt. For once, he tried to mix up the tired old gender stereotypes he leans on heavily in his earlier work - which I forgive him for, as he's an older man, and I enjoy his humor and his writing style otherwise - with only some success. Somehow, he managed to still come across as condescendingly sexist, despite making the woman the saviour of the man.The plot in this one was a bit muddy, even for his books. For instance? I have absolutely no idea why Kevin was even included; he seemed to [...]

    24. God’s had enough. Managing Heaven is a tough job, especially when you would much rather be fishing with your eldest son Jay. His second son, Kevin, gets a lot of things wrong, but when God finally decides to sell up to two corporate alien brothers, it’s Kevin that decides he should hang around. Unluckily for him, they don’t want him around and a plot to get them out ensues. With the new management comes a whole new system of justice that does wonders for the economy, crime rate and seeming [...]

    25. Although this new and hugely funny book tended to get bogged down by a lot of 'business speak', I persevered and when I finished the last page, I was rather sorry to see it end. Tom Holt is a good writer, and I'll be reading the rest of his backlist titles.God is tired of running the Earth, so he sells his interests to the Venturi brothers, two Martians who have an 'interesting' way of keeping order. But they didn't count on God's other son, Kevin, to add something that was not included in their [...]

    26. Completely satisfying and hilarious. We mere mortals get a glimpse at how the gods manage the worlds they own. Includes explanations on how the job of guiding the moral well-being of a populace is determined, who gets hired and fired, how departments such as Hell are run and what happens when the new managers are profit driven. A great quirky cast of characters. And there are even some startling revelations about a certain fat man with a white beard who favors wearing red dressing gowns. The onl [...]

    27. This was a fun book. I loved the humanizing, warm treatment of Kevin and his family. It gives all of us a little hope to know that the (slightly less) beloved son of God, with whom he was (slightly less) well pleased can save the world just by being himself. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he's divine. Sometimes, Tom Holt can be a little confusing, with all of those intertwining multiverses, but here we hazve a mostly linear story about what happens when the affairs of mortals and immortals comi [...]

    28. A witty and subversive read with pleasantly amusing twists. Similar in tone to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Management Style of Supreme Beings is both clever and very funny. Just when you expect it to go down one path, it flips everything on its head and plays directly against the expected trope to a comical effect.Save for a few plot threads getting a little messy towards the middle, it is a well structured and engaging story that puts an original spin on human morality and capitalism. [...]

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