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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see an earlier time, 10 Nov 2004
This review is from: Barry Trotter And The Dead Horse (Gollancz S.F.) (Hardcover)
After reading the first two Barry Trotter books (Which I enjoyed immensely) I was looking forward to seeing how the author would portray Barry as a teenager. I wasn't disappointed.
Barry's portrayed as a typical teenager but if you're expecting any sort of normality - forget it!
However, if you haven't read the other two Barry Trotter books (Shameless Parody and Unnecessary Sequel) don't read this one first as some elements of the 'plot' are related directly to the first two books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You will laugh your arse off., 12 Feb 2010
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Hilarious Harry Potter parody. You will remember it for years to come. A great book and well written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Barry Trotter, 13 Dec 2004
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I like this one best out of all of the Barry Trotter series, as it has the closest references to Harry Potter. Being a great fan of both Harry and Barry, I admire the humour. The names are hilarious (Ferd and Jorge especially). And who knew that Lon was a communist? Find out how he had his tragic accident HERE. An excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THESE BOOKSx, 7 May 2014
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I read these books years ago and the whole set is brilliant. If anyone like funny parody books then this is for you! Give it a read its a good giggle.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!, 16 Feb 2005
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Muhammad "Ahmad" (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - See all my reviews
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Alright, I haven't actually finished reading the book, actually just a coupla pages away from the end, I gotta say, its funnier than the last 2 books. I recommend that you buy the first two books FIRST, then buy this. Although the book says you don't have to read neither of the two books, I think you should so things won't get confused and easily understood. And FINALLY, there was a twist in the middle of the book, and it was unexpectable. This is the best, and this is the only thing that you're gonna read in the bathroom.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The FSFH Book Review says:, 2 Mar 2005
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Ian Tapley "thefragrantwookiee" - See all my reviews
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The third Barry Trotter book, which leads me quickly to my biggest gripe about it. I own the three books and read this one first as the cover assured me that it was a prequel and therefore it wasn't necessary to have read the other two. Bloody liars.
The book is actually a sequel, but in which Barry's past is recounted through hypnotic regression and the annoyance of not having started at the beginning of the story made the entire book seem less enjoyable.
But, onto the actual story, which certainly surprised me. I was expecting another fantasy spoof in which the original story is rehashed satirically, with some silly names chucked in, and a few crude jokes. This book does contain all of that, of course, but Gerber actually manages to write an interesting story of his own.
That story involves a 15 year old Barry facing a magical ban that prevents him from attempting to get overly-friendly with the female students of Hogwash. To get around the ban Barry begins awkwardly dating a Muddle girl, but inadvertantly kills her after their first kiss. Years in the future Barry realises that he must rescue the girl from the afterlife in order to resume his adult life with his wife Ermine.
There are plenty of amusing Harry Potter references twisted to suit Barry's world, such as Lord Valumart's constantly unsuccessful attempts to kill Barry (think Kato from the Pink Panther movies).
Perhaps Gerber's greatest achievement is to take J. K. Rowling's excellent grasp of teenage angst and then focus on the one aspect that she left out, the most important thing to a teenage boy... sex!
A funny book with a good storyline that could potentially stand alone, without the Harry Potter element to back it up. Certainly not one for the kiddies though as it's all adult humour.
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