Doughnut (YouSpace #1) by Tom Holt - Book Review

Write on: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 by  in Assaph's Reviews Read 409

After reading 'The Outsorcerer's Apprentice' I found out it was book 3 of the series, so went back to read from the start.

What to Expect

Expect a light-hearted portal-fantasy book, where advanced math and physics are used pretty much as magic. Besides giving your physicist friends a headache, Holt uses this as a way to consider some of the implications of navigable multiverse theory - all the fun, without the math.

What I liked

I like Holt's tone, with irreverent jokes, pop-culture references, and quick humour. Between the subtle humour and just enough deep ideas to be entertaining without detracting from the fun, he strikes a great balance.

What to be aware of

While the protagonist is a generally likeable fellow, he does try to avoid action and the book can drag a bit. It's light-hearted, not action-packed. There is only loose connections between the books, so you don't have to read them in order.

Felix's Review

Coming from a world with magic, Felix just accepted that bottles and doughnuts could form trans-dimensional portals instead of the usual chanting and blood sacrifices. It's the wimpyness of the protagonist he had issues with.


Enjoyable, quick fantasy read, to pass the time when you don't want anything too serious or heavy.

Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.


Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him to "yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling", yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he's writing - he seems to do his best writing after midnight.



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