|Expecting Someone Taller (1987) [Novel]|
by Tom Holt
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Wotan, Alberich, the Valkyries, the Rhinedaughters, even the unfortunate Ingolf had been Expecting Someone Taller - what they got was Malcolm!
Pursued by malevolent gods, haunted by talking ravens, wooed by damp but seductive maidens..where would it all end? All he had done was run over a badger - sad but hardly catastrophic. But for Malcolm Fisher, this would be his life. For the badger turned out to be Ingolf, last of the Giants, and with his (its?) dying breath, he (it?) reluctantly handed to Malcolm two Gifts of Power - the Tarnhelm, which enabled him to assume any shape he wished, and the Ring, which provided endless gold and made him ruler of the world. But could Malcolm cope with the responsibility? After all, not only did he have to avert wars, plagues and famines, he also had to protect himself against gods, dwarves, valkyries and other nefarious manifestations of the Dark Ages - none of whom thought he was right for the job.
Original title: Expecting Someone Taller
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Humorous