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December 12, 2006

Review: Bimbos of the Death Sun


Well, one "good" thing about being home sick for EVER (okay, it was just four days or so) is that I apparently get lots of reading done. (And we don't need to discuss how many episodes of Grey's Anatomy I watched.) At least now I can start my From the Stacks books!

Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 212
Rating: 4

I had read this (and its sequel, Zombies of the Gene Pool) a few years ago, and reread this one over the past few days in preparation for a book club discussion. This is a fairly traditional murder mystery - but set at a sci-fi/fantasy convention. In short, it's hilarious. I have to say that it is a bit dated, but no more so than other "contemporary" mysteries set in the '80s - it just sometimes seems that way because of the emphasis on technology. (The engineering professor has to explain to the police what a floppy disk is at one point.) You probably do need a bit of familiarity with fandom in order to appreciate much of the humor, although McCrumb manages to explain much of it by having a main character who is new to fandom. If you do have any interest in fandom or gaming or Star Trek, though, and like a good mystery, definitely give this one a try.

Posted by Kat at December 12, 2006 05:40 PM

Hmm... I may need to borrow that. We're going to a sci fi convention in January (we finally just gave up and accepted our geek-dom), it might be entertaining preparation :)

Posted by: Tracy at December 12, 2006 07:36 PM

I loved this book (and the sequel) when I read it!

Posted by: Chris at December 12, 2006 11:40 PM

I loved those two books!

Posted by: Carrie K at December 14, 2006 07:13 PM

I have the best story ever about that book.

A friend of mine went to grad school out East somewhere, Boston maybe? Anyway, one of her professors was Elie Wiesel. At some point during the semester or maybe at the end, Mr. Wiesel was flying off somewhere and my friend gave him this book for airplane reading. She did it because the image of Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, author, Nobel Prize winner, reading Bimbos of the Death Star on an airplane was just too delicious to pass up.

Posted by: kmkat at December 19, 2006 10:44 AM
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