by The Harvard Lampoon
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 that 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.
Release date: November 26, 2013
The sequel to the parody of the sequel to the prequel to The Lord of the Rings
When Aaron Sorkinshield and his band of Little People embark on a totally feasible quest to reclaim the hoard of Academy Awards stolen from them by the lonely Puff the Magic Dragon, senile wizard Dumbledalf suggests an unlikely and completely unqualified accomplice: Billy Bagboy, an unassuming wobbit dwelling in terrorist-riddled Wobbottabad.
Along the way, the company faces Internet trolls, moblins, one really big spider that must be at least an inch and a half wide, and worse. But as they journey from the wonders of Livinwell to the terrors of Jerkwood and beyond, Billy will find that there is more to him than anyone—Tolkien included—ever dreamed. Propelled to his destiny by a series of courageous adventures and indented paragraphs, Billy will set out on the greatest YOLO of all time . . . one that leads deep into the dark caverns hiding a mysterious man named Goldstein, who’s just trying to have a nice seder.
File Size: 4912 KB
Print Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (November 26, 2013)
Sold By: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
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X-Ray: Not Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
About the Author
The Harvard Lampoon debuted in February 1876 and is the world’s longest continually published humor magazine. Lampoon alumni include comedians Conan O’Brien, Andy Borowitz, Greg Daniels, Jim Downey, Al Jean, and B.J. Novak. Other alums have written for Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Futurama, Late Night with David Letterman, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, and dozens of other shows. The Harvard Lampoon is also the author of Nightlight and The Hunger Pains. Visit HarvardLampoon.com.
The book description is from Amazon. The Wobbit: A Parody (Kindle Edition)