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Maureen Birnbaum: Barbarian Swordsperson: The Complete Stories (Hardcover) Hardcover – January 1, 1993


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Guild America Books (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568651015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568651019
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By F. Orion Pozo on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a funny book in a fan fiction sort of vein. The author takes his main character, Maureen Birnbaum, a Jewish American Princess from a New England finishing school whose values are fashion and marrying well, and sets her in classic sci-fi settings of authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Isaac Asimov, and H. P. Lovecraft.

Each story is introduced by Maureen's whiny friend, Bitsy Spiegelman, who she visits between adventures to relate her latest tale. Sword-wielding Maureen, in her jewel-encrusted golden bra and g-string is a stereotypical, yet strong and distinct character who provides a refreshing gender-reversal to these traditionally male-oriented tales.

The first story begins when Maureen accidentally transports herself from a ski slope in Vermont to the Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs. She arrives there naked and saves a prince from "big giant things with four arms" by killing them with a sword dropped by one of his fallen warriors. She keeps the sword and he gives her the gold bra and g-string worn by his slain sister. However, even though she has fallen in love with the prince, she can't live with only one outfit on a planet without stores, so she bids him a tearful goodbye and returns to Earth to go on a shopping trip with Bitsy.

Her shopping skills are impecable and she runs up quite a bill on Bitsy's Mum's credit card. She sets off for Mars, but, not knowing how this transporting actually works, ends up in another Edgar Rice Burroughs setting, The Center Of The Earth where the sub-human inhabitants force her to be their High Priestess. She doesn't like the way they treat her and wants to get back to her Martian prince so she once again goes back to Bitsy.

Stories follow where she keeps missing Mars and ends up in various sci-fi settings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Orion Pozo on January 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a funny book in a fan fiction sort of vein. The author takes his main character, Maureen Birnbaum, a Jewish American Princess from a New England finishing school whose values are fashion and marrying well, and sets her in classic sci-fi settings of authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Isaac Asimov, and H. P. Lovecraft.
Each story is introduced by Maureen's whiny friend, Bitsy Spiegelman, who she visits between adventures to relate her latest tale. Sword-wielding Maureen, in her jewel-encrusted golden bra and g-string is a stereotypical, yet strong and distinct character who provides a refreshing gender-reversal to these traditionally male-oriented tales.
The first story begins when Maureen accidentally transports herself from a ski slope in Vermont to the Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs. She arrives there naked and saves a prince from "big giant things with four arms" by killing them with a sword dropped by one of his fallen warriors. She keeps the sword and he gives her the gold bra and g-string worn by his slain sister. However, even though she has fallen in love with the prince, she can't live with only one outfit on a planet without stores, so she bids him a tearful goodbye and returns to Earth to go on a shopping trip with Bitsy.
Her shopping skills are impecable and she runs up quite a bill on Bitsy's Mum's credit card. She sets off for Mars, but, not knowing how this transporting actually works, ends up in another Edgar Rice Burroughs setting, The Center Of The Earth where the sub-human inhabitants force her to be their High Priestess. She doesn't like the way they treat her and wants to get back to her Martian prince so she once again goes back to Bitsy.
Stories follow where she keeps missing Mars and ends up in various sci-fi settings.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
this book combines humor and science fiction in a way i have never read. a valley girl travels the universe and between her exploits she returns to earth to visit a friend and tells her of the places she's been and and things she's done. this is one of my favorite books---if you can find it--buy it. my friends that have borrowed it often refuse to give it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By randall west on April 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Know those teenage girls you saw in the Mall last weekend? You know, the ones that were continously babbling about everything, unable to hold a single thought for more than 30 seconds? Yep, thats them. Take one of them, put her in a gold mesh brassier and a solid gold g string, and give her a sword and you have our heroine
Told in the second person, Maureen (Dont call her Muffy) travels the Sci Fi universe, popping into the storylines of Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars series, to taming the Apes in the Center of Burroughs Earth, Spending Time with Robert Adams Horseclans.
Isaac Asimov and H.P. Lovecraft were some of the others whose worlds were visited by Muffy, all with approval and some by request, as our herione battles monsters and shopping clerks with equal zeal.
In One chapter that sticks out in my mind She travels to Sherwood Forest and runs into Robin Hood and the Gang, and promptly challenges a trial of arms. In fashionable preppie teenage style, the challenge is accepted, and armed with Mommys credit card in her bra, Muffy and Maid Marian do combat in the Mall, seeing who can purchase the perfect outfit.
A good comedic twist on the Sci Fi world, and a good read, once you figure out thats its wrote in the style of a babbling valley girl
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