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The Sheriff of Yrnameer: A Novel by Michael Rubens
Review by Ernest Lilley
Pantheon Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0307378470
Date: 04 August 2009 List Price $22.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Science Fiction often fails to take humor seriously, though the occasional quirky book sneaks through its force field of indignation. One worth taking a look at that made it under my deep space radar was The Sheriff of Yrnameer, and that's pronounced "your-name-here" in case you're a little slow, like me.

Cole is your basic Han Solo type, but without the luck, skill, or great looks. He does rate 7.6 on the handsome scale, though not quite the 8 the hacker he hired made it, so it's not like he's the scruffiest adventurer out there, but he's not Teg...that guy's a solid 9 and the bane of Cole's existence. No, scratch that. The bane of Cole's existence is Kenneth, an octopodal alien who's going to deposit his eggs in Cole's eye socket if he doesn't pay his debt. Fortunately, Cole's got a plan. Unfortunately, Cole's plans often involve jumping out of the solar frying pan and into the fire of uncontrolled re-entry. Fortunately, he's got friends. Well, actually, considering his friends, maybe that's not so fortunate either.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler, on a path to being full-time dead. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy's most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out of be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans.

Reluctantly compelled to deliver these defenseless, fluidless children to safety, Cole gathers a misfit crew for a desperate journey to the far reaches of the galaxy. Their destination: the mysterious world of Yrnameer, the very last of the your-name-here-planets without corporate sponsors. But little does Cole know that this legendary utopia is home to a murderous band of outlaws bent on destroying the planet's tiny, peaceful community.

Follow Cole's adventures through a delightfully absurd science-fiction universe, where the artificial intelligence is stupid, dust motes carry branding messages, and middle-management zombies have overrun a corporate training satellite. In the spirit of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, The Sheriff of Yrnameer is SF comedy at its best--mordant, raucously funny, and a thrilling page-turner.

(Source: Pantheon)

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