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Blonde Bombshell [Paperback]

Tom Holt
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Book Description

6 May 2010

A heart-warming tale of Armageddon from one of the funniest, most original voices in comic fiction today . . .

The third planet out from the star was blue, with green splodges. Dirt.

Oh, the bomb thought. And then its courage, determination and nobility-of-spirit subroutines cut in, overriding everything else, adrenalizing its command functions and bypassing its cyberphrenetic nodes. Here goes, said the bomb to itself. Calibrate navigational pod. Engage primary thrusters. Ready auxiliary drive. It knew, in that moment, that its own doom was near; because it was giving itself orders, and it wasn't putting in any 'the's. That was what you did, apparently, when the moment came. You could also turn on a flashing red beacon and a siren, but mercifully these were optional.

Oh #//+! thought the bomb, and surged on towards Dirt like an avenging angel.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497785
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Holt's first book was published when he was just thirteen and, to his horror, he was hailed as an infant prodigy. While studying at Oxford, however, he discovered bar billiards and turned from poetry to comic fiction.

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BLONDE BOMBSHELL is a clever, funny, tirelessly inventive, apocalyptic leg-hump of a book. Tom Holt may be the most imaginative satirist to land on our shores since Douglas Adams (Christopher Moore )

A fast-paced, silly romp from a very clever author, with some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments (News of the World )

One of the most ludicrously funny intergalactic shaggy dog stories ever told (Daily Express )

A nifty comic read, fizzing with one-liners... enjoyably deranged (SFX )

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Perfect for fans of Douglas Adams, BLONDE BOMBSHELL is the science fiction debut from Tom Holt - one of the best-loved comic writers in fantasy fiction.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barking mad, but great fun 4 May 2010
By Ripple TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A very funny, science fiction tale set in 2017 when the Earth is under threat from a distant planet whose peace is being disturbed by Earth's music - but maybe the smart bombs are a bit smarter than those who designed them after all. Great fun.

The blonde bombshell in question in Tom Holt's latest book of that name is Lucy Pavlov. If you are reading this review in 2017 of course you will know who Lucy Pavlov is. She's the beautiful, talented, wealthy, CEO of PaySoft Industries - the revolutionary operating system that is running on every computer in the world. Of course, if that is indeed the case, then we've got a problem. A very big problem. Because what Lucy doesn't know is that she is literally a blonde bombshell - well she knows she's blonde, just not that her body is a shell for a bomb. A very big and a very smart bomb, but nevertheless a bomb. And she's been sent to destroy the planet. It kind of makes Bill Gates seem OK for the time being.

Yes, it's Sci Fi time - but not the fantasy sci fi type. This is very much in the comic sci fi genre. Tom Holt has something of a cult following although I've never read any of the vast list of previous books he's written. On this evidence, I can certainly understand why he is so popular.

Things started off pretty well with Blonde Bombshell - on the third page I was chuckling away at the line "George spent so much time in no fit state that he was entitled to claim it as his domicile for tax purposes".

So, Lucy, basically a computer probe, has been sent by the Ostar (where the canines live and have pet humans including an adolescent human called `Spot') to blow up the Earth in revenge. What could we have done that has so upset the hounds at the other end of the galaxy?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Holt winner! 16 Jan 2011
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I love Tom Holt books, although I do find some over-complicated. The Blonde Bombshell is not one of these, being funny, clever, with of course a touch (well, bombshell really) of the unexpected. His characters are likeable and three dimensional, or possibly four dimensional! I couldn't put it down, and would love it to be a series like the immensely enjoyable Portable Door books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Holt at his usual level! 6 Mar 2011
By VickiWa
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Tom Holt has moved away from his traditional subject matter and turned his hand to sci-fi. It may be his maiden voyage but he has done a cracking job; this book is most definately up to his usual standard. A couple of Tom Holt's books have perplexed me (for a short time!) but this one didn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but falls in to lazy sci-fi traps 6 Oct 2011
By Tom
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It's 2017, and a distant planet populated by dogs has sent a superweapon to destroy earth - as the incredibly loud music emanating from our millions of televisions, radios and iPods is offending their sensitive canine ears and making life unbearable.

The resulting novel is a strange mixture of some excellent jokes about dogs and octopuses, plus some second-rate jokes about computers and science fiction. It's the bad sci-fi that really ruins it for me, there are too many points where I was left thinking 'if you knew what that word meant, the joke would seem stupid rather than amusing'. The computer jokes are often lazy and seem forced; naming an operating system with a keyboard-mash of 'X's and 'P's makes for a jarring distraction rather than a subtle reference.

However, the pacy plot and clever writing make the book very readable, and there is the usual glut of brilliant Holt one-liners. Worth a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Belter from Holt 21 July 2011
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Tom Holts imagination is wild but very entertaining. Another whacky and very amusing Sci Fi fantasy book which gets better as the story unfolds. You have to of course suspend disbelief but it's worth it as the characterisation and story plot unfolds into a brilliant climax. Another great read. Roll on his next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Special logic 9 Nov 2010
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Tom Holt's special logic may well be too much for some, but as an antidote for the predictable daily round he continues to refresh my mind with every new book, and that takes some doing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom 9 May 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As a reader I love a tale that brings something a little different to the readers imagination, especially when a certain sense of humour is added. In this vein there are few who usually please as much as Tom Holt. His humour is to the point, pretty spot on and quite dry which works sometimes and badly misfires at others. Within this offering Tom is pretty much at the top of his game as the reader is presented with an offering where, if you'd think about the scenario, would be pretty much what you'd expect when you took Murphy's Law into account.

Funny, beautifully written but above all a tale that I had a hell of a time putting down until I'd turned the final page. A good bit of fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK 22 Jun 2014
By ChrisDB
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It's OK but like a lot of the later Tom Holt books it gets a bit tedious and repetitive by the end. For me, by far the best Tom Holt books are the early ones, like "Expecting Someone Taller" or "Flying Dutch".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but...
good plot,start well and continues well but the end isn't very funny and is about 20 pages to long!
I've read better by Tom Holt.
Published 29 days ago by The Mighty Zoot!
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Very entertaining book in typical Tom Holt style. Not as humorous as some of his other novels but a good plot that makes you want to read on. Read more
Published 9 months ago by oliversmum
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Holt at his best
This book is definitely one of Tom Holt's best sci fi fantasies. He is funny and also makes you think - I have been giving my own dog some heavy looks since reading this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by hayherbalist
5.0 out of 5 stars one to read
Super book life turned on its head , fun and easy to read. Tom holt us a master of comedy writing.
Published 10 months ago by Re Lee Annoyed
4.0 out of 5 stars Blonde Bombshell
Tom Holt is truly a master at subverting the normal and with Blonde Bombshell he has unleashed yet another deliciously twisted comic incendiary on the science fiction loving... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Erin Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Very quirky story line as usual, enjoyed it from start to finish. Any Tom Holt fan should enjoy this one.
Published 11 months ago by William Shannan
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I read this book as it grabbed my attention in a bookshop, I didn't really expect anything from it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Miss dandy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blonde Bombshell or the Dogs Revenge.
I like Tom Holts clever phantasy. The dogs revenge on humanity & the guided missiles who fell in love & turned against their highly evolved dog masters to save humanity. Read more
Published 17 months ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Different to his other books!
Just as funny as his earlier books but different. I had not expected his move into a story based largely on computer technology but, as normal, well written and a good read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Catlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Haha
Tom Holt never disappoints. Brilliant story line. How he comes up with these ideas I just don't know. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bearbelly
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