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The Sheriff of Yrnameer: A Novel | [Michael Rubens]

The Sheriff of Yrnameer: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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-heres---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 sci-fi comedy at its best---mordant, raucously funny, and a thrilling must-listen.

©2009 Michael Rubens; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A science fiction book your grandmother will love - if she's a lustful, violent lady." (Stephen Colbert)

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    Marty New York, NY, USA 08-30-09
    Marty New York, NY, USA 08-30-09
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    "Fun, Light-hearted SF"

    This is a fun, well-read book that is refreshing for its silly yet endearing tone. The style of writing is reminiscent of early Douglas Adams books, but it doesn't wind up feeling derivative. The story moves at a good pace, the characters are goofy but lovable, and while this probably won't take home a pulitzer, I would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a reprieve from the grim, gritty SF that seems to dominate these days.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 02-21-10
    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 02-21-10 Member Since 2000

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "The reader makes this great"

    Put aside the inevitable comparisons to Douglas Adams. Though this is a comic novel, Michael Rubens has a different sensibility, and presents more of an emphasis on the adventure, and most jokes are on the hero, rather than the rest of the universe. Along the way, he also pokes fun at commercialism, heroics, and business meetings as part of his broad adventure comedy. Little made me laugh out loud, but I was consistently amused.

    Transcending the novel, however, is the production. Man, this is what audio books were made for - William Dufris acts every part, with some subtle sound effects for backing. Along with Gaiman's Anansi Boys, this is the best read out of some 200 audio books I have listened to. So, though the novel is 3.5 stars, the 5+ star production makes it an easy purchase.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E Homan 02-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great space sitcom-like book"

    The comparisons are inevitable to Douglas Adams, but let's face it, I can compare almost every fantasy series to J.R.R. Tolkien so it's a moot point to me. Just enjoy the ride.

    This is definitely a book you're going to want to listen closely. The production is top notch with multi-voiced in-book jingles for space adverts, modulated voices for intercoms and radios and various vocal tweaks to really give you the sense of a world were every planet is named for a sponsor and the world is filled with non-stop marketing.

    The jokes are never so over the top that it feels like the author is trying too hard although they come often.

    If you like shows or movies like Spaced, The IT Crowd, Galaxy Quest, Monty Python and the Holy Grail or the Daily Show, you'll most likely love this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S 04-28-12
    S 04-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "William Dufris is awesome"

    I have no idea who this voice actor is, but I'm going to listen to any book he narrates. The writing is very sharp, and the story is a ton of fun (think Blazing Saddles meets Discworld), but the voice actor threw a lot of energy into his performance and made it a joy to listen to. I hope Rubens has written some more novels set in this universe, it is a blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 04-02-12
    Andrew 04-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Light, and fun."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The book was easy to follow with little in the way of a deep plot. The main character was a cross between Han Solo and Born Looser. You just had to laugh at times and wonder how this person ever survived long enough to reach adulthood. This is also his charm and quickly becomes a much liked, if no loved, character in the book.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first. Very well read, easy to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    A great tongue-in-cheek story with very lovable characters. How often do you absolutely enjoy waiting to hear what the bounty hunter (bad guy) will say next?

    I rated this story 3 starts since it was a one time listen with no real depth to it. It passes the time well... but I will most likely not listen to it again any time soon. That being said, I gave it three stars with a lack of depth because it made me laugh and smile several times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DG The Woodlands, TX, United States 11-10-09
    DG The Woodlands, TX, United States 11-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Production"

    The story is funny and light hearted but the narration production is what makes this a premier choice. The narrator is charming and talented. This was quite an unexpected find! What a gem!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 02-09-12
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 02-09-12

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "A bit hard to follow..."

    It was a little hard to get into this book, but after I did it was really enjoyable. I love nothing more than a reluctant hero! I would definitely recommend this book to any science fiction fan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 04-27-14
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Finally finished - Yuck"

    I like SciFi, however, this is poorly done SciFi. Maybe it's just me, however, after owning this book for quite sometime, I finally finished it; It wasn't worth the time to listen to, one of the main reasons it took so long.

    While Rubens tries to be funny, there really wasn't anything I thought was funny. The story jumped around and did a very poor job trying to cover the holes; how does a 20+ year gap happen and you don't even TRY to explain it?

    The naming of one of the main races in the story, into a name that couldn't be pronounced, and then using bells to "speak" the name, was irritating. When I'm listening to a book, I don't want to hear bells every time a race is mentioned.

    Dufris was ok in his performance, however, I'd think twice about hearing him again.

    All-in-all, this book gets a fail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 04-13-13
    Jeff 04-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Bit Naf"
    What did you like best about The Sheriff of Yrnameer? What did you like least?

    The premise of the story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Rubens again?

    I might but it was just an ok story.


    What three words best describe William Dufris’s performance?

    Solid performance given the material


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No not for the cost of the ticket


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-02-12 Member Since 2009

    audioreader

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    "lots of fun"
    What did you love best about The Sheriff of Yrnameer?

    The story was great, great characters and a great twist at the end.


    What other book might you compare The Sheriff of Yrnameer to and why?

    The Road to Mars, which I don't think is in Audiobook at this point. Also Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to some lesser extent.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    a lot of emotion and sarcasm, his voices are great, however, after listening to his narration in the Old Man's War series, he seemed a little out of place.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ridiculous fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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