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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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5 out of 5 stars
By K. Gibson on 07-23-12

What Fun!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story takes you straight to the halls of scifi cons, complete with the colorful personalities and offbeat storyline you might expect. It is not deep reading, but a light, fun read, though still demonstrative of Ms McCrumb's ability to capture the reader's attention and hold it firmly.

There could have been a bit more character development, but the plot fun more than made up for that, and the ending was well done. I am not a con goer myself, though several of my friends are, and the tales they tell make this story a believable one.... almost!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jayson Mondala on 12-13-05

Likable book for the geeks

In no way was this a great mystery novel. It was more of a cathartic release for the writer, and I found it endearing in a way. If you think of the book more as an old-school sci-fi convention that happens to have a murdered guest rather than a mystery novel, it's fine. The narrator was average, and having heard other narrators, she is by no means hard to listen to (though her accents are terrible.) I grew into the voice. Anyway, if you're a reader who has a love-hate relationship with fandom or geeks, or just know a little bit about conventions and role-playing games and sci-fi culture, this book has a lot of material to guffaw at. If you aren't that reader, then take it or leave it--this book wasn't made for you.

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