Review: Bimbos of the Death Sun

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I picked up Bimbos of the Death Sun at the advice of an online group that knew I was getting ready to write a crime-comedy about two cops undercover at a comic-con who have to stop a hitman from killing Wil Wheaton. The book was a geed read to see what had gone before. Of course, this book came out in the 1980s; in fact, my inside cover flap showed it was the old TSR copy, even. That hearkened me back to my own wonder years.

Sharyn McCrumb’s book doesn’t stand up to the test of time all that well. I don’t mean to say that the book wasn’t good. Given that it revolves so heavily around geek culture in the 1980s, you can imagine the regular references to technology of the era. Typically, a story pulls you in and makes you a part of it so that you forget reality for a while… but you can’t help but be stuck in the 80s, and not in a good, Stranger Things way.

Bimbos of the Death Sun does shed some light, even way back then, on current social issues like misogyny in genre fiction and pop culture, and the story’s real heel, fantasy author Appin Dungannon, is a realistic feeling caricature that is especially more relatable with the wild success of fantasy in the post GoT era.

In a nutshell, the book is about a sci-fi and fantasy comicon (well before it was cool.) They bring in the George R R Martin equivalent in McCrumb’s fictional universe, who is a colossal jerk to everyone (it’s kind of his thing). Someone does the congoers a favor and murders Dungannon just as he finishes his next book and everyone at the con becomes a suspect.

The book is fun, especially if you are looking to hop in the way-back machine for something relatively light hearted and filled with big characters. It might be a paperback equivalent to watching the old Police Academy or Revenge of the Nerds films; it had that kind of feel.

It’s not particularly easy to find, though someone pointed me to an out-of network library (cuz I live in the sticks) that had it. I did happen to find a copy at the huge Recycled Books bookstore on a road trip (look in mystery/crime instead of SF/F). Of course, the easiest route is to just get it on kindle.

You can check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

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