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The Wobbit: A Parody (2013)

by The Harvard Lampoon(Favorite Author)
3.27 of 5 Votes: 4
1476763925 (ISBN13: 9781476763927)
review 1: Boring! Dull! Tiresome! This is the first time a book’s blurb – you know, the come on to read the thing – has been funnier, has been better - than the book!This was so mind-numbing, I couldn’t finish it – and god knows I tried to – and it’s not as if I am some Tolkien nut either – let’s face it – rereading The Lord of the Rings, I realized – who cares about the history of the Elves? Give me a break!OK, read the first couple of pages of this in your local bookstore or on Amazon and see if you don’t decide to spend your bucks on lunch instead. Is it bad? No, it’s worse than that.
review 2: I really wanted The Wobbit to be a fabulous book. Too bad, it didn't quite match my expectations. The main problem that I had with the book was t
... morehat I hated the character Billy Bagboy. He was the parody of Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit, so he was all though the book. Unfortunately someone thought that they would portray him as a stupid, slovenly, tub of lard instead of connecting some characteristics of Bilbo to Billy. They could have exaggerated some of Bilbo's traits, but Billy really has nothing in common with Bilbo. He is so gross that it makes it hard to read some of the passages. BTW: The artist who painted the cover, and anyone associated with commissioning, designing, or approving the cover art work must not have read the book, because Billy Bagboy is described as obese. He has fat rolls covering his fat rolls, but that wouldn't sell many books, would it?If you can ignore Billy, much of the rest of the book is rather funny. I loved the characters L. Ron (Elrond) and Dumbledalf (Gandalf). The Internet trolls, Björn, and the Elvisking were pretty good, but I thought that they kind of sleep-walked though the part with Puff the Magic Dragon. That could have been so much funnier. The Battle of the Five Armies at the end had some funny characters showing up to join in the fight, but it seemed a bit confused.The Wobbit is a parody of The Hobbit, so if you aren't very familiar with The Hobbit, you will miss most of the jokes. If you love J.R.R. Tolkien, and have devoted your life to middle-earth, then you will feel that this book is sacrilegious. If you don't fall into either of those groups, and you are young enough to get the timely references, then you probably will be mildly entertained by The Wobbit, but don't expect to be rolling on the floor laughing.I give this book 3 Stars out of 5. It's OK, just barely. I chuckled a few times, but I was hoping for so much more.I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com. less
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I liked how the end circled around to the "Bored of the Rings" parody published earlier.
It's okay, I guess. Parts of it are funny, but it is a little one-note.
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