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Barry Trotter And The Unnecessary Sequel (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 10 Jun 2004


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (10 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575075953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575075955
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title says it all: Barry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel is Michael Gerber's needless follow-up to Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody. Who needs a second raucous spoof of Harry Potter? Ask Mr Gerber's publishers and bank manager...

Boy wizard Barry Trotter is now 38 and long married to his over-achieving schoolmate Ermine. With serious hairline problems and two kids (Nigel and Fiona), he's grown quite chummy with his old nemesis Lord Valumart, and is a far cry from the idealised Barry in bestsellers by "JG Rollins":

Not that Barry was a bad fellow--he was always ready to tell a fictitious story, dispense bad advice or lend an inexpert hand. It's just that he was sort of a loose cannon. A very loose, very, very big cannon that fired nuclear-tipped artillery shells. Into heavily populated areas. At dinner time.
Now it's young Nigel's turn to endure "The Obligatory Train-Platform Chapter" and become a first-year pupil at the famous wizarding school Hogwash, while his parents tag along for the old students' reunion. Gerber has fun sending up the lake journey, the banquet, the Sorting (sorry, Picking) Hat and other familiar props.

When the current Headmaster comes to a very messy end, it has to be foul play, probably by the author. Barry unwisely takes over as interim head, while Nigel suffers squalid agonies at the bottom of the Hogwash pecking order. The mystery grows deeper, also ruder and grosser, as Barry himself is cursed with "youthanasia"--doomed to become forever younger until he painfully implodes into nothingness. A badly disguised "stranger" on the Hogwash staff is evidently implicated, but as usual our chums are too busy suspecting Professor Snipe...

The farrago lurches onward until, at last: "This is the part in the book where the villain explains his plan!" En route, Unnecessary Sequel offers more sleaze, innuendo, cheap shots, bad taste and bodily fluids than you could shake a broomstick at. If you enjoyed what Bored of the Rings did to Tolkien, you'll enjoy this as outrageous, irreverent fun. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The inevitable sequel to the Sunday Times bestselling Potter parody phenomenon. The two BARRY TROTTER books have (so far) sold over 400,000 copies.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dwein22 on 18 Sep 2003
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I enjoyed this book immensely but it's not as good as "Barry Trotter and The Shameless Parody" which I found far funnier. Maybe it's because I knew more what to expect. One word of warning: Do not read this book without having read at least one of the Harry Potter books otherwise you won't understand a lot of the jokes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Trottermaniac on 6 Sep 2003
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I bought this book with high expectations because I loved the first book and I wasn't disappointed. The book is set 11 years after the first book and Barry now has a wife , Ermine Cringer (Who would of thought it?, and 2 children Nigel, 11 and Fiona, 3.
Whilst Fi has the magic tough Nigel is practically a Muddle but Barry being the big-head he is bungs Nigel on the Hogwash Depress and off the Hogwash School of Wizardry and Witchcrap and the chaos begins. Dorco is now the Headmister but dies (yet again) after a tragic accident and Barry and Ermine are appointed as Headmister and Headmistress much to the dismay of Snipe and Mumblemumble (the new Dork arts and craft professor).
I won't tell you anymore (buy the book) but they are LOTR references and much more of Immortal the mouse, Timothy. The writing is witty and pokes fun at whatever was left from the first book (except for OotP because it was wrote before its release)
Altogether a good book and an enjoyable read.
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By claire bennett on 23 Dec 2013
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a bit silly but silly enough to laugh at bought these in my early adulthood and still read them once in a while
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By Waltzer on 17 Dec 2013
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Read the first few pages, definitely not for me! I didn't find it funny or absorbing, a total waste of effort.
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Format: Paperback
I found this in a charity shop for a couple of quid and decided it would be worth a try. It laid gathering dust on a bookshelf until a few nights ago.
I read a few pages as I was bored, then suddenly realised that I just HAD to read on! One may think that mocking a book as large as Harry Potter would be disastrous at its best, but Michael succeeds with such ease. Extended jokes are plentiful and almost never end in an anti-climax. A plot is shown throughout despite the blatant temptation for the author to stray off topic, with a few various things occurring around it. It is very funny and additionally very absorbing and is certainly worth a read.
Credit to J.K Rowling for allowing these types of parodies to be published though.
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