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The Wheel of Nuldoid—Russ Woody’s Modern Day Interpretation The Hobbit

Los Angeles, CA, May 4, 2009 – The Wheel of Nuldoid is a fantasy and young adult novel written by comedy writer/producer Russ Woody. Woody combines his fertile imagination and his experience from years of writing television to create a mythic world reminiscent of The Hobbit. Unlike Tolkien’s story, however, author Russ Woody uses a humorous, light-hearted approach to telling his story.

Tied to Northern California history, specifically the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, the story tells of two Nuldoids—diminutive, argumentative and altogether cranky creatures. Thanks to a fissure in a hillside near San Francisco, they retrieve a Crystal from Golden Gate Park, intending to deliver it to Nuldoid—their spherical city at the center of the earth. Oh, by the way, in the process, they mug and kidnap a young boy named Leo—a “Crustoid,” or human surface dweller—to assist them in their quest. They tell the boy that the Crystal will provide power to the machinery that rotates the earth. His teacher, Warren Worst, and Warren’s neighbor Lily, are the only ones who can rescue him.

Woody’s journey takes the reader from San Francisco’s sputtering lights into the bowels of the earth. Along the way, you’ll meet not just Nuldoids, but Oidenoids and Harvesters. You’ll see Draggirds (small dragon-like creatures that, when frightened, shoot fire from their butts), Globb Trobbers (large creatures that travel by linking end-to-end and forming huge, unwieldy “wheels”), Blobalobbs (furry creatures without appendages that only eat, growl and poop) and Theevins (baseball-shaped birds with uneven wings, commonly kept as pets, that steal from neighbors). Like Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins, Leo develops a new level of maturity, competence and wisdom along the way. The prose is interspersed with songs and poetry, but spoken and told in the unique and peculiar-sounding language of the Nuldoids:

But we is One An’ One we is,
An’ we is well Annoyed.
Oh, hoideloy an’oideloy
Is loidelee to hoidelee!
To takes we back
Dat land we loves
Dat blessed NoideLloyd!

The final chapters deal with many of the characters re-emerging… in unexpected ways. Interestingly, Woody draws on his own political beliefs as a catalyst for the story, particularly his feelings about the war in Iraq, much like Tolkien did regarding World War I.

“To kids, I hope it is an enjoyable and surprising adventure into a world that turns ours upside down. To me it is about the necessity of dissent in a fluid and functioning society. To me it says that voices to the contrary must be heard and acknowledged if a culture is to thrive and, indeed, roll… the way a wheel does.”

Russ Woody’s The Wheel of Nuldoid will surely stand the test of time in its own right. It is the first in a series of Nuldoid novels.

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