Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody (Gollancz Sf S.)
Barry Trotter is 22 and has never left the Hogwash School of Magic – there’s been no need; after all, G.K. Rollin’s books about him have made him a millionaire, and Barry is perfectly happy to while away his days as a perpetual (loaded) student. The hoardes of Muddles who hang around outside Hogwash desperate to see him, touch him, are a bit of pain but he can deal with that. But then comes news that Hollywood is planning a film of Rollin’s first book about Barry. And they all know what that means: loss of creative control; cheap merchandising; millions more Muddles swarming over Hogwash. Barry agrees a plan with Bumblemore: the film must be stopped. BARRY TROTTER AND THE SHAMELESS PARODY is an incisive and hilarious parody of the Harry Potter phenomenon. There are slyly affectionate digs at the books themselves but Gerber’s main scorn is directed at the monster that the Harry Potter franchise has become. The book has a creative energy all its own introducing characters and a hilarious take on magic that even J.K Rowling might appreciate.
Barry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel: The Book Nobody Has Been Waiting For (GollanczF.)
Here it is, just what the 100,000 fans who bought Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody have been waiting for: the inevitable and thoroughly hilarious sequel to the bestselling spoof of the Potter phenomenon. Not wild about Harry? Or just had enough of the hype? Try Barry, who, having saved the Hogwash School of Wizards from the unwelcome attention of Hollywood, is now ready to move on. He has married Ermine Cringer and they now have two relatively delightful children. The eldest is a skilled magician, but the youngest just seems to lack that conjurer’s touch. Have Barry and Ermine given birth to…a MUDDLE? Michael Gerber, a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal, and on Saturday Night Live, once again produces a parody that will have readers–regardless of their views on Harry Potter–laughing uproariously.
Barry Trotter and the Dead Horse (GollanczF.)
Barry Trotter is pretty disreputable and unpleasant. Imagine what he was like as a teenager. Here’s the beginning of the whole sorry tale. Did Barry and Ermine do it? (Their homwork, that is.) How exactly did Lon end up with a hole in his head that whistles when the wind blows? Was Lord Valumart always that crass? And where did that ridiculous German accent come from? As funny and twisted as the first two books, BARRY TROTTER AND THE DEAD HORSE is also as affectionate towards JK Rowling’s originals. This has lead to the books gaining a devoted following amongst fans of Harry Potter as well as being a welcome antidote for the over-egging (eeuwww) of the boy wizard. A process that we’re not a part of at all. Oh no. Not even a tiny bit.
Author: michael gerber
Hardcover: 288 Pages
ISBN 13: 8780575076587
Book Condition: New.