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The Soddit: Or, Let's Cash in Againby A R R R Roberts
Synopses & Reviews
Bingo Grabbins is a soddit who enjoys a comfortable life (apart from his feet, of course). But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandef, and a company of bizarrely Welsh dwarves drag him away on an adventure.
They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard (or so they say) guarded by Smug, a large and very tedious dragon. Bingo is reluctant to take part in this insane venture, but a dwarven dagger held to his throat soon surprises even himself and off the companions go on a quest that seems truly epic (well, until you read about what later happened to Bingo's cousin, at any rate).
Oh, and Bingo finds this ring thing...
"Roberts's parody reads very much like Terry Pratchett updating National Lampoon's Bored of the Rings by removing all the fart jokes while upping the level of Silly Names That Are Capitalized. While diehard fans of J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit will enjoy the way Roberts jumps through various hoops, such as turning trolls into cross-dressing 'trollps' Burt, Bill, Gerd, and Old Gill, others will find it wearying. The prose varies from cute and clever to slightly too arch, as in the footnotes commenting on ostensible 'errors' in the text. Despite a number of truly funny moments, such as Biorn the Bear-man's fatal flaw and the social spiders of Mykyurwood, the humor never manages to be self-sustaining. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
A.R.R.R. Roberts was born two thirds of the way through the last century, in London, England. He was educated at a rundown state school in Kent, and the ancient University of Aberdeen, where he graduated with a degree in English and Classics. After this he studied for a PhD at Cambridge, the subject of which had to do with both Robert Browning and the Classics. He presently works for Royal Holloway, University of London teaching English Lit and Creative Writing. He lives to the west of London with his wife Rachel and their children. A.R.R.R. Roberts is a pseudonym used by Adam Roberts. Learn more at www.AdamRoberts.com.
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