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  • By Nina Osier
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Entertaining and informative!" As a U.S. of A. person, I needed the humor in John Gisby's title explained to me before I could fully appreciate his hilarious new book. People who go from door to door explaining their religious beliefs, and trying to make converts, are known as "God botherers" in Mr. Gisby's native England. Therefore, when one's wife begins talking incessantly about the Lord of the Rings characters and the actors who portrayed them in the recent film trilogy, why wouldn't it make sense to start referring to her as a "hobbit botherer"? You'll either love or hate the author's sense of humor. Since I found myself of the former persuasion, I had to read this book far more slowly than usual. I was seriously afraid of missing out on a nuance. A page that didn't contain at least one snort-producing barb proved rare indeed, as I joined the Gisbys on their 25-day odyssey through New Zealand. They fashioned their tour to include as many as... More > possible of the sites where Lord of the Rings was filmed, because the trip's supposed purpose was to cure Annette (author of Silent Screams, Shadows of the Rose, and Drowning Rapunzel) of her hobbit bothering mania by showing her first-hand that New Zealand really isn't another name for Middle Earth. You'll have to read the book yourself to discover how well those good intentions turned out. :-) You'll also learn a lot about a colorful land and its rich history, because in between nuggets of humor John Gisby provides plenty of solid facts about New Zealand. He's not only an entertaining writer, but an informative one, too. --Nina M. Osier, author of Rough Rider (2005 EPPIE finalist, now available from Lulu at< Less
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November 5, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.84 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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