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Vossoff and Nimmitz: Just a Couple of Idiots Reupholstering Space and Time Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Ernst Vossoff, would-be interstellar tycoon, and Karl Nimmitz, his exceptionally dim sidekick, take the reader for a merry ride through a thankfully distant galaxy in Castro's (An Alien Darkness) zany collection of eight linked stories, which boast titles like "Just a Couple of Extinct Aliens Riding Around in a Limo" and "Just a Couple of Ruthless Interstellar Assassins Discussing Real Estate Investments at a Twister Game the Size of a Planet." Dejah Shapiro, Vossoff's impossibly gorgeous ex-wife who later falls in love with Nimmitz, provides the narrative frame, purporting to tell true stories of the bumbling duo to the sleazy aliens clustered around a classic wrecked spaceport bar. ("The jukebox switched to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir version of `Louie, Louie.' ") The sharp, wide-ranging satire seldom lapses in tone or taste. In "A Ridiculously Lengthy Afterword" (which happens to be a model of concision), the author elucidates a few in-jokes and explains that the first of the series was mainly inspired by Robert Sheckley, not the late Douglas Adams, to whom the book is dedicated. Sheckley and Adams fans will find Castro a worthy successor to those two giants of comic SF.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

From "Just a Couple of Sentients Sitting Around Talking," the story that launches the dubious careers of time- and space-traveling ne'er-do-wells Ernst Vossoff and Karl Nimmitz to "Just a Couple of Ruthless Interstellar Assassins Discussing Real Estate Investments at a Twister Game the Size of a Planet," the final outing for the unscrupulous pair, the eight stories in this collection present a smorgasbord of slapstick humor, one-liners, and stand-up comic routines cleverly disguised as sf tall tales. While the humor in these stories may not appeal to everyone, readers who enjoy their comedy loud and raucous should appreciate these connected tales first published in the now-defunct Science Fiction Age magazine. For large sf collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency (August 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FYVJ7O
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"Ernst Vossoff and Karl Nimmitz: How boldly the names of those two hapless thugs and misadventurers resonate throughout the universe, even unto future and past eras!"

This is an entertaining collection of linked stories, first published in the late Science Fiction Age. They were all new to me, and are agreeably silly. Other readers' reactions to humor are famously unpredictable, but I got quite a few chuckles, reading IDIOTS. The stories worked better than I would have expected, really, given their ramshackle construction and comic-book logic. Castro is a Sheckley fan, and it shows. Cautiously recommended to SF humor fans: "B+".

The opening quote is from Paul Di Filippo's fine review at scifi[dot]com, which Ammie won't let me link you to, but I bet you can find it for yourself. Worth the effort

Happy reading--

Pete Tillman
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