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April 25, 2007

I Am Not a Hobbit


It's just that Duane Wilkins of the University Bookstore is so damn tall.

I wanted to make sure I gave a shoutout to Duane and all the folks at University Bookstore for such a great event. If you're an author, I can't imagine a better place to come 'round for a visit.

Incidentally, I do have pictures, which I plan to get up. It's just that my Flickr uploader is being hellishly balky. I'll let you know when I manage to get them up.

Posted by john at April 25, 2007 06:51 PM

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rick gregory | April 25, 2007 07:02 PM

I dunno.. Duane's my height and I'm only 6'6"...

sorry I missed you, glad to hear you got off to a good start. The U bookstore is a great place and has absorbed far too much of my income in the past

John Scalzi | April 25, 2007 07:12 PM

Hey, I never said I was tall. Just not a hobbit.

Kate | April 25, 2007 07:32 PM

See, you're cute when you smile. Do it more often.

critter42 | April 25, 2007 07:58 PM

When I saw this pic, I thought I had stumbled into Robert J Sawyer's site by mistake...:)

the crawdad in john's backyard | April 25, 2007 07:59 PM

"I am not a hobbit." — John Scalzi, April, 2007.

Click here and scroll to bottom for evidence for the prosecution.

Jim Wright | April 25, 2007 10:08 PM

I am not a Hobbit

Of course you're not a Hobbit, John, Hobbits have hair - and despite a few bad apples, they don't travel and have adventures with giants.

Scott | April 25, 2007 10:20 PM

Tempting to photoshop the image into "Wizard and Halfling.jpg". Must resist...

Steve Buchheit | April 25, 2007 10:21 PM

Hobbits also have furry feet. Which might have saved you in a particular situation. I also don't think hobbits dance that way, you know. So, yeah, I think your just doing forced perspective as a part of your Californian Ninja Powers.

Lou Anders | April 25, 2007 10:22 PM

I really do want to get around to rereading Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser one day.

Steve Buchheit | April 25, 2007 10:23 PM

Lou Anders, LOL! and yeah, you oughta.

Heather Doan | April 25, 2007 10:51 PM

Hey Lil' Brother!!!! I am so damn excited about seeing you tomorrow in S.F.

Nick Stump | April 26, 2007 02:51 AM

I'm not fat either. The rest of the world is bulimic. Skinny bastards...

Chang, for rizzle. | April 26, 2007 06:18 AM

I'm taller than that guy by an inch at 6'7". And that smile of yours, John. It's kind of hobbitty.

Would someone please take a picture of John's feet for evidence to the contrary?

Oh, wait. Here they are.

Berry | April 26, 2007 07:30 AM

As long as Duane didn't open the conversation with, "Fee, fie, foe, fum," I guess it'd be all good. That, and you're American, so you would've been safe regardless.

marciepooh1976 | April 26, 2007 10:03 AM

So, I guess you didn't get "I bet you're good basketball," much? How 'bout Duane?

(Hmm...I might write a post about assumtions about tall people and basketball playing)

John | April 26, 2007 11:18 AM

Duane is a great guy. He seems to know everybody. He steered me towards a lot of great books when I was at the UW in the late 80's.

Miscellaneous Steve | April 26, 2007 11:28 AM

I second that Duane is a great guy. I've gotten to chat with him on a few occasions and enjoyed every minute of it. And he keeps the UW Bookstore's science fiction section the best in the city.

Camron Winslow | April 26, 2007 11:55 AM

You look startlingly like my husband in that photo – I did a double-take. But I have to say, you do look slightly more Hobbitty than he does. I think it’s the smile. Plus my husband has completely hairless feet with perfect toes, so apparently you’re not him.

I’m so excited about your upcoming visit to Richmond. The Fountain Bookstore is a teeny venue, though. With any luck, we’ll fill the place to bursting.

John H | April 26, 2007 12:29 PM

And here I thought you were joining a stage production of LOTR -- oh well...

Rabbit | April 27, 2007 02:18 PM

WHERE is your tour T-Shirt and why arn't you wearing it!!!!!!

I must say, you do have the pointy ears of a hobbit and hairy feet in sandles and buy the picture you are height challanged..... but if you say so.... we'll believe you ...LOL

Al Billings | April 28, 2007 11:59 PM

Dude, he's only about 6'6". How tall are you??

Duane is the lifeblood of the science fiction section there. He's been recommending books to me since I was an undergrad in college back in the early 90s.

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