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Bimbos of the Death Sun Paperback – December 28, 1996
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"Sharyn McCrumb is a born storyteller."
*Mary Higgins Clark
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD!
"Sharyn McCrumb has few equals and no superiors among today's novelists."
*San Diego Union-Tribune
For one fateful weekend, the annual science fiction and fantasy convention, Rubicon, has all but taken over a usually ordinary hotel. Now the halls are alive with Trekkies, tech nerds, and fantasy gamers in their Viking finery *all of them eager to hail their hero, bestselling fantasy author Appin Dungannon: a diminutive despot whose towering ego more than compensates for his 5' 1" height . . . and whose gleeful disdain for his fawning fans is legendary.
Hurling insults and furniture with equal abandon, the terrible, tiny author proceeds to alienate ersatz aliens and make-believe warriors at warp speed. But somewhere between the costume contest and the exhibition Dungeons & Dragons game, Dungannon gets done in. While die-hard fans of Dungannon's seemingly endless sword-and-sorcery series wonder how they'll go on and hucksters wonder how much they can get for the dead man's autograph, a hapless cop wonders, Who would want to kill Appin Dungannon? But the real question, as the harried convention organizers know, is Who wouldn't ?
"I loved BIMBOS OF THE DEATH SUN . . . Beautifully observed, funny, nicely constructed, even compassionate."
About the Author
Sharyn McCrumb is an internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author whose work has been honored with all five of the major awards in crime fiction (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero)—with two Best Appalachian Novel awards. She is the creator of the Ballad series, which began with If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O; and her satirical mystery series featuring forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson. McCrumb lives in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, less than a hundred miles from the Smoky Mountain valley where her ancestors settled in 1790.
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The premise is plausible and good for a laugh, the book is a short, easy read - something fun to do on a Saturday and/or Sunday. The writing is not "tight" or "driven" but rather fun and, much like a convention itself, a good distraction for the weekend.
When this book was written, and not that long ago, an engineering professor teases his girl friend with a doctorate in English Literature that her department will not always have to depend on sending notes to each other and will soon send messages with the speed of light by computer. He is not being sarcastic. One of my neighbor's children liked the book, but had to have a floppy disc explained to her. Technology changes constantly and fast. But we humans do not change all that much. One of the things we humans know that has not changed, is to never judge a book by its cover, and we still do it.
The whole book takes place within a Syfy convention, and although I've never been to one, I could identify with all of the people there, even the engineer and the english professor. I love fantasy books and Star Trek, even, as here, before there was more than one generation. The characters in Bimbos of the Death Sun are likeable, even the poor Scottish folk singer, startled to be sharing an elevator with a young woman in blue body paint and a skimpy dress. His tour of America did not lead him to expect anything like his fellow guest in that hotel, that weekend. I even liked Marian, the English professor who feels she has outgrown her fandom years and is a bit defensive about her years in something she obviously loved and left.
I liked this book enough to want to reread it after several years. It can be read as a cozy mystery, there is a mystery within all of the trolls and fairies and space ships. It can be read as a study of the culture of science fiction and fantasy, and dragon's and dungeon and war gamers, and Doctor Who fans. I love them all, even if I've never been to a convention, and would be an outsider if I did. The point of course is that even if the reader never read The Hobbit, Mists of Avalon, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, this is still an enjoyable way to spend an evening.
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The two stars are for the world-building, which was thorough and charming. It captured a world well enough.Read more