The Party Next Door
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Hobbit
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: N/A
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: A curious neighbour watches 13 dwarves and a wizard invade Bilbo's house one fine day in spring.
Reviewed by: annmarwalk ✧ Score: 7
How on earth did I miss this? Must be because it's hobbit-centric, of course; not a Man anywhere in sight! And full of dwarves, too! I'm not much for dwarves, generally, though Gimli is a nice enough sort... ...but this is just too funny! You've got the voice of the nosy, snooty neighbor down just perfectly, with her (or maybe his? males can be nosy, too!) constant harping on the respectability, and wealth, of the Baggins family, and the shadiness of the Tooks. We've probably all had neighbors who've taken a bit too much interest in our goings-on (or, by my point in life, actually been one of those neighbors, myself.) But this is just wonderfully,perfectly realistic with all the color and detail of the visitors, and the aromas wafting over the fence, and the many many excuses to be outside...very enjoyable! even without any Men.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 4
Great characterization in the narrator. I love the way he carefully finds the means to justify spying a bit on Bilbolabernums, roses, having a hole on The Hill that just begs to be stood in front of for the view, etc. Acacea nicely catches that insular tendency towards gossip that doesn't yet want to admit what it is, and also the suspicion of other places and peoples that leads to misinterpretation of events. A party indeed! Nicely done, Acacea.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
A very clever chaacterisation of the narrator. You seem to get right into the hobbit mindset. It is very clever the way you tell the events witht he little insertions of what the narrator is doign and their thoughts. I like the way you seem to capture the atmosphere of the Shire and the snobbery of most of its inabitants so clearly without overdoing it.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 3
Oh, that poor neighbor. It must have been quite a sight, though, to find a troop of dwarves plus Gandalf all wandering into Bilbo's house. I love the way our unknown narrator characterizes everyone, particularly Gandalf who is not a stranger but is certainly strange. That was a great phrase. Wonderful outside perspective on a very unexpected party.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
What Bilbo's unexpected Party, with thirteen dwarves and a wizard might have looked like to a nosy neighbor! The POV character is never named or identified, but he (or she) is clearly a very typical narrow minded hobbit. The whole story is amusing, and very well done, a gap-filler of sorts for The Hobbit.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 3
*snicker* I think the most telling thing about Bilbo's curious neighbor in this is his assertion that you shouldn't ought to have a party for a lot of strangers without inviting the neighbors in! And the wistful description of the seedy cakes too. This really is a delightful discovery, and I'm glad I took the chance to read it.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 2
This was a nice read, though it did have a few niggling errors (for instance, Baggins' instead of Bagginses'). I particularly liked the glimpse at how hobbits viewed dwarves and hobbits from other parts of the Shire (i.e., Tooks).