Blart: The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Save the World

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A story about an anti-hero, well, a null hero really. Blart is a pig farmer, he wants nothing to do with quests, but is forced to join one, by a wizard.

They soon pick up an oafish warrior who wants to become a knight, a grumpy princess and a misguided dwarf. Oh, and there is a flying horse, and some dragons.

So it’s filled with the usual fantasy tropes.

Their aim is to save the world from a dark lord, and Blart happens to be the one person who can save it. There is magic, and adventure, and hijinks.

Except everything’s twisted. Our hero has no desire to be a hero, and no heroic traits. Instead, he’s a useless, whiny lump.

The story is trying to send up the stereotypical fantastical elements made famous by the better-known books in this genre. Once you get past that, the story’s not particularly interesting and it just seems a little lazy, especially the ending.

There’s a second book in the series, but I don’t think I’ll pick it up.

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Reviewed: 24th May 2018