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-on..Show More »e 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.
This is not science fiction. It's just fiction. The subject matter deals with science fiction, but that's as close as it gets. And I felt that the ..Show More »author attributed thoughts and feelings to the male character's that really don't happen. Not a bad story, but I'm glad is was a rather short piece. I don't think I could have taken a whole lot more.