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The Wobbit A Parody (Of The Hobbit) (The Wobbit: A Parody Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Erickson
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Book Description

A parody of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy prequel masterpiece, The Wobbit A Parody (Of The Hobbit) is a tale of low-to-medium adventure with plenty of cheap laughs.

The quest begins when thirteen dwarf bankers go in search of the dragon who stole their deposits and ate their borrowers. They visit a former employee and hire him back as a contractor: former teller Bulbo Bunkins (who would rather be enjoying a cocktail in his recliner.) Bulbo surprises the dwarves with his ability to “think outside the strong-box,” like when he points out that none of the dwarves have brought swords with on their dragon-slaying mission. Encounters with gourmet trolls, wiseguy goblins, resort-keeper elves, deadly but comforting giant spiders, and the egocentric dragon, Smug, are just a few of the adventures that Bulbo puts up with. Finally, when he thinks things can't get any worse, he finds himself making a guest appearance at the Battle Of Six Or Seven Armies.

The author hopes that Bulbo Bunkins soon takes a place among the immortal characters of parody literature, like The Tick and Scrooge McDuck. Written by an actual unemployed banker, The Wobbit A Parody (Of The Hobbit) will, with any luck at all, earn enough money to make his return to banking unnecessary.


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  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (December 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZR9ELK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny May 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok. So it's 10:00 pm, I'm depressed, out of St. Johns Wort, and I REALLY need something to make me laugh. I thought about watching Blazing Saddles again, or maybe Annoying Orange, but then I remembered I had this book hidden away somewhere on my Kindle. And I'm telling you that after the first few pages, I was LMAO, no longer dwelling on my misery. This entire book is extremely laugh out loud funny. If you've read The Hobbit and love to laugh, then you've got to read this. Now I'm waiting for Paul E to do some more funny stuff like maybe Hairy Pitter or Floodlight. Hahahah. Think I'll check out his other books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parodymeister December 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is a loving homage to Tolkien, but also to Mamet, The Princess Bride, The Hulk, Charlotte's Web, The Three Stooges, The Godfather...the list goes on.

Like the early work of British Ivy Leaguers, the Python Boys, riffing on what they knew best; medicine, law, history...Erickson needles the corporate world of banking, proving himself to be Parodymeister Extraordinaire of good family and unimpeachable reputation.

My grin muscles are as worn out as Bulbo's must have been after too many photo ops upon his triumphant return.

Go ahead, download it! In these uncertain economic times, nothing restores the spirit like a good belly laugh!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wobbit - Paul Erickson December 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Parodies are dangerous to write: make the references too easy and clear, and the author begins to border on plagiarism and copyright violation. Make the allusions too obscure, and the core audience, the original fan base, may miss the references, and thus the fun. In The Wobbit Paul Erickson has found just the right balance.

As with most great literature, The Hobbit has a number of iconic scenes and lines. Erickson has reproduced many of them in parody form so they are easily recognizable. At the same time, it was interesting to keep the two books side-by-side and tease out some of the more obscure references. I found myself saying, “Wait, I think I remember that person/scene/line in the original. Yes! There it is.”

The fun, of course, is to know that The Wobbit is a parody (and let’s not confuse parody with satire) and to understand the references. For someone not familiar with the original, the story may not make much sense, and it would lose much of the fun.

I particularly liked Erickson’s take on the songs. I imagine that trying to match the parody to the original rhyme and meter would be extremely difficult. But he succeeds by giving enough clues so the reader can match the original songs to easily recognized contemporary music.

At the risk of going out on a limb, I would say that parody in general is intended for a “fan” audience, and not for someone unfamiliar with the original. If you are a Hobbit fan, this is for you. If you’re not, try it at your own risk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Accept no other (lesser quality) Wobbit! Mr. Erickson's journey of Bulbo Bunkins with the wizard Pantsoff to save the dwarven treasure lusted after by Borin Oakmanfield and guarded by the dragon Smog is the laugh-filled heir to Bored of the Rings. The story follows the adventures of Tolkien's original tale with the loving care that all fans of The Hobbit will find admirable. You will come across the expected silly jokes at the expense of trolls, elves, skin changers, giant spiders, and all that - but there is something else going on besides the jokes, indeed, our wobbit hero turns out to be - gasp - heroic! The true magic of Tolkien's tale shines through the humor. I found myself rooting for Bulbo as he saves the dwarves at every turn and grows from a common unemployed bank teller to an adventurer worthy of praise and song. Don't worry about that bank teller line of employment, believe me, it works. Mr. Erickson has given us a true gift of laughter that can be enjoyed and truly appreciated by Tolkien fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious January 28, 2014
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I love parodies and fantasy novels, so this book was right up my alley, figuratively speaking. Everything reminds you of The Hobbit but then it also reminds you of reality. So you get Dwarves who happen to be Bankers, wizards with oversized diva complexes, elves who offer tickets to tennis tournaments (and other perks) to their “captives”. Thoroughly enjoyable nonsense, peppered with withy innuendoes that make you smile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The feel-good parody of the year September 13, 2014
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Very funny and just plain fun! It's pacing is right in step with Tolkien's classic book, and Erickson's parodied song lyrics are just perfect.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thud and blunder epic. December 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
Great to see a timely paperback release for this kindle classic.

A great Christmas gift for my analog reading brother.

Lovingly crafted from Tolkien's classic with a wry sense of humor, honed in the world of high finance.

A world filled with heroes, villains and wizards with delusions of adequacy.

Final proof, if any were needed, that Project Managers are prime candidates for the B-Ark.

"Winter is coming", so why not curl up with a good book ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's hilarious February 12, 2014
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everything is friggen awesome except for Pants-Off (the parody of Gandalf) because i was pronouncing everyone's name as they are in "The Hobbit" and that name threw me off a few times, other than that it was the funniest thing I've ever laid eyes on... like piss your pants funny
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets have some fun
Well written and a lighthearted parody. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Roderick Brotherton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Anybody that read The Hobbit would love this parody. All the character in their must hilarious best.
Published 8 months ago by Dennis Ludemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful
Hilarious and light-hearted. If you regularly re-read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, sneaking in a peek at this in between your visits to Middle Earth is an... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jess
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad parody.
I found this story funny, and clever, and well worth getting. If you are a fan of fantasy, or lotr style tales, you will enjoy this story.
Published 21 months ago by Daniel Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!!
The wobbit is a great book and a pleasure to read. He did a great job on renaming characters and places. It must of been very hard to do this. Great job
Published 21 months ago by Andrew
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy
Boring and UN funny in every way one of the worst books I have the unfortunate privilege to read in I don't know when
Published on May 8, 2013 by Brian D. Koppenhaver
4.0 out of 5 stars DC's review of The Wobbit
For anyone who has read The Hobbit and is really familiar with the story, this parody is fun and clever.
Published on May 5, 2013 by Dotty Cronin
2.0 out of 5 stars not my cup of tea
It just wasn't my cup of tea - not interesting to me and I never got past the fourth chapter. It may appeal to someone else.
Published on April 8, 2013 by redhead05
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Paul Erickson's mission in life is to be the world's foremost Tolkien parodist. (He's a bit of an underachiever.) Erickson was born in 1959, and has lived his entire life in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. He read The Hobbit in 7th grade, and then read Bored Of The Rings that summer. He spent most of his high school years playing Dungeons & Dragons and attempting to read The Lord Of The Rings. In college he worked at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, wearing tights and selling love songs. After earning a BA in Philosophy he went into banking.

In the late eighties he performed song parodies in comedy clubs with ace guitarist Steve Ginensky. In the nineties he parodied slam poetry as part of Team Chicago, winning the 1991 Slam Nationals. In 2009 his banking career was cut short when his employer went out of business. Fortunately, by that time he had finished reading The Lord Of The Rings. While in line at the unemployment office, he realized no one in the US had ever published a parody of The Hobbit.

He went to Starbucks with his MacBook and got to work, combining all his nerd knowledge of Middle-Earth with his one real skill: writing parodies. In 2011, with the help of bestselling humorist James Finn Garner (Politically Correct Bedtime Stories) he published The Wobbit A Parody. In 2013 he published The Superfriends Of The Ring.


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