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Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award-winning author Sharyn McCrumb brings her storytelling talent and keen eye for satire to this hilarious spoof of the bizarre culture surrounding sci-fi/fantasy fandom. It all takes place at Rubicon, the science fiction and fantasy convention of your nightmares. Join the merriment, as medieval fantasy characters, tech geeks, and role playing gamers take over an innocent hotel for a weekend of nerdy, misfit fun. Just when you think things can't get any wilder, the guest of honor, gnome-like giant of fantasy literature Appin Dungannon, is murdered.
But who wouldn't want to kill Appin Dungannon? The celebrity sword-and-sorcery writer is a dedicated prima donna who's gone out of his way to offend his fawning fans. Lt. Ayhan has to find out which of the troubled trekkies, buxom bimbos, and fiendish elves has actually done Dungannon in. Luckily, he has help. With Ruth Ann Phimister's perfect comic delivery adding just the right zing, when you're not snickering to yourself, you'll be laughing out loud.
©1988 Sharyn McCrumb (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Sharyn McCrumb has few equals and no superiors among today's novelists." (San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Ms. McCrumb has an exquisite sense of the ridiculous." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 12-12-04

Well, you might enjoy it...

I find that listening to comedy and mystery suits best my "audible" tastes so coming across the description of "Bimbos" I knew I had a book credit to burn and was looking for something mindless to hear. In that sense, I was not disappointed. The story is quite dated by the fact that Sci-Fi "Cons" are far more sophisticated today and that computer technology has come so pervasive that the picture of Sci-Fi fans staying away from the "tech room" is laughable, just as is the image of a professor gushing about using "electronic messages" to send mail to colleagues instead of paper! The story is, well, fairly predictable and the characters are mostly one-dimensional. Her treatment of the subject of "Cons" DOES constitute a kind of social critique on the mindlessness of "fandom" of all stripes and the mystery is, well, not all that mysterious. There are a couple of interesing and all-too-brief hints at character-development that begin to delve into the psyche of those whose lives find meaning nowhere else but in living out someone else's fantasy. All that being said, the narration helps carry the weak plot and taking it along for an eight-hour bus trip was just the way to get through it. Fun in places, boring in others, Bimbos is nothing but a little junkfood for the mind, if you've got the time.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Nicole on 11-08-04

Save your credits!!!

This is the first audio book I just couldn't finish. It took a full three disks to even get to the murder; by the time it finally happened I didn't care who died or who did it. I realize the author has to give you a reasonable set of characters to have as possible victims and suspects, but this was ridiculous. I cannot recall a single murder mystery that took more than a quarter of the work (book, movie, or TV show) to set-up the murder. The narrator was also very disappointing. After listening to the Artemis Fowl books and the range of accents and voices performed there and in other works I just could stomach this narrator's inability to give distinct voices to the characters and her Scottish "accent" should be a punishable by law.

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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