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New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What should you do if your spouse becomes addicted to the Lord of the Rings movies and swoons at the very mention of Orlando Bloom's name? (Thud. Quick, fetch the smelling salts.) How about taking the advice of a strange apparition that reveals itself in a dream? An apparition that looks remarkably like the director of the movies, Peter Jackson, but not quite remarkably ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 23rd 2006 by Lulu.com (first published January 1st 2006)
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Majanka
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
’ve never been to New Zealand before, but it’s one of my favorite must-see places, next to Egypt and China. So when I got the chance to read New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer, which combines two of my favorite things, New Zealand and Lord of the Rings, I had to read it. The book is well out of my comfort zone: it’s the first travel book I’ve read to date. But I enjoyed reading it, and I might try out a few more travel books in the future. John and Annette have a quirky, intriguing writing style ...more
Sally906
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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John Gisby took his wife Annette (aka the Hobbit Botherer) to New Zealand to visit many of the places that were used for the settings in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies. I came across the book when doing an online search for books set in New Zealand to read before our holiday there – and as I have seen all 3 movies and swoon at the very mention of Orlando Bloom I got myself a copy. The Gisby’s started on the north island and then moved onto the south. We were only going to visit the south island ...more
Tami
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Are you a Hobbit Botherer? Have you seen all three Lord of the Rings movies multiple times? Do you involuntarily scream "He's so hot!" when Orlando Bloom appears on the television set? Have you had fantasies about visiting Hobbiton, fighting a fierce band of Uruk-hai, or receiving a magical ring? Do you have a growing collection of DVDs starring Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortenson, Sean Astin, and Elijah Wood? If so, you might be a Hobbit Botherer.

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Dorothy Emry
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Much of the fun in this book, for me, came from the fact that I got to view Kiwis through the eyes of the Brit author.

Though a bit slow in parts, Gisby gives a good overview of what it's like to drive around New Zealand's two islands. Very helpful in giving a heads up on the LOTR sights that are most enjoyable, as well as giving a glimpse of non-LOTR sights that are worth the trip.

The real gem of the book is the glossary "For People Who Think Lord Of The Rings Is An Aristocratic Jeweller," which
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Sheila
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amusing and useful account of a whistle-stop tour of New Zealand (mostly South Island).
Ali
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to enjoy this more than I actually did, at times it was very funny at others the humour fell flat for me. Clever and often very on the point commentary about New Zealand but there was something about the style of writing that didn't work for me.
Jane
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable light hearted account of touring New Zealand and being a Hobbit fan.
Gita Madhu
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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I joined Story Cartel some months back, emboldened by the concept of Goodreads giveaways. Free books arriving fast and furious at my doorstep and relocation to a library friendly city had aroused greed. Some random surfing brought me to Story Cartel.

For months, common sense prevailed over a Smaug like desire to hoard all the freebies and I struggled to read a page here and a chapter there from a pile of books in both French and English. Story Cartel sought in vain to entice me with various

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Lynn Demsky
Apr 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
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This author has an amazing sense of humor, was nothing that I thought I would find. There was a drastic language barrier in trying to read this ---- did not enjoy at all and was just delighted when I finally finished the tale! I would not recommend to anyone I know! But was very thankful when I finished it!
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