Bimbos of the Death Sun : Jay Omega

  • by Sharyn McCrumb
  • Narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Series: Jay Omega
  • 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Ghastly reader makes for painful listen

I enjoyed this lightweight mystery when it first came out in hardcover, and even read it again a few years later. I took advantage of a buy-one-get-one sale at Audible to stock up on a few trusted titles I thought I could enjoy more than once. "Bimbos" and "Zombies of the Gene Pool" are definitely not among Sharyn McCrumb's strongest works, and were clearly written as an indulgence to herself as both a writing insider and a scifi conventioneer. The plots are formulaic and unintriguing, but the characters are familiar to this RPgamer and the narrative is genially clever.
BUT THE READER - UGH! This woman drones on as though she's clumsily attempting a foreign language. The humor whooshes over her head as she emphasizes the wrong words in joke after joke, and actually mispronounces a number of common American words and practically strangles on some of the Anglo-Saxonish ones! I wish I'd been jotting them down, some were pretty funny, in a pathetic, Peter-Principle kind of way. I wonder if this is the same woman who ruined audiorecordings of Patricia Cornwall books for me, with her flat urging to "call the pleece" and the "the pleece are on the way". It made my skin crawl after a couple of hours.
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- Barbara

Like bad TV in your ear.

If this book were a TV show it would be Diagnosis Murder, or Murder She Wrote. It is filled with one dimensional characters and boring situations. From the science geek focused on gizmos to the air-headed fantasy addicts at the con, there is nothing here to challenge the reader in the slightest.

"But it's a comedy" you say? Well no one told the author. There are situations that should have been funny but the author explains them out to the point that they become as humorous as an over-used bumpersticker slogan. There were many times I thought, "That should have been funny", but I actually laughed only once in the entire book. Once.

On top of that it is quite dated already. There are Trekkies but no mention of the Next Generation, let alone the later series. It's unintentionally funny when one character talks about how he can leave a message in a file on the University mainframe and the recipient can access it to read the message. His long-winded explanation of email comes off like Monty Burns raving about "This so-called iced cream" on the Simpsons.

The murder is not clever or interesting in any way and the way they get the killer to confess is the sort of thing that only works on TV and in bad fiction, which this is.

Overall: uninspired and hackneyed.

If you're looking for humor get Catch-22 if you've never read it. Just don't listen in public because you will be laughing.
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- Kevin Bowersox

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books