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The Sheriff of Yrnameer Hardcover – 4 Aug 2009

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  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books (4 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307378470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307378477
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,810,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Ross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up because (A) I'd like to try and read more sci-fi, (B) the cover and title caught my eye, and (C) I'm always on the lookout for good comic fiction, and given the author's work on The Daily Show, I figured this might be a good bet. The story is about a hapless space rogue on the run from his creditors, who gets embroiled in a pretty girl's quest to smuggle something, all of which lands him in a bunch of dicey situations from which he must make daring escapes. If that all sounds very Han Soloish, well, it's probably intentional.

Now, I like a good swashbuckling space opera as much as the next person, but this one just didn't do it for me. In fact, I ended up putting it aside after reading 1/3 of it, something I hardly ever do. The humor is just way too campy (apparently it bears some resemblance to the work of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, two authors many of my friends revere, but I've never read), and not nearly clever enough to appeal to my own sensibilities (which run toward P.G. Wodehouse). The hero is just too much of a caricature of the space rogue popularized by characters like Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat, and is generally more annoying than amusing. The anti-corporate satire is more workmanlike than incisive, and 80-90 pages in, I just found myself too uninterested to continue. I dunno, maybe the whole humorous sc-fi thing just isn't for me.
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Format: Hardcover
It is a book in the vein of Douglas Adams. A little slow in the beginning but in the end I couldn't put it down
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9979cdbc) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x991821bc) out of 5 stars Hilarious, well-written book by a first-time novelist. 10 Aug. 2009
By M. Butler - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had high hopes for this book, as a huge fan of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and other authors that have successfully combined humor and excellent writing. I've tried novels that have tried to inject humor into genre fiction in the past, and have usually been disappointed. It just doesn't work all that often, unfortunately.

My hopes were completely vindicated, in this case, which was a pleasant surprise. The plotting, character development, and twists and turns were all fantastic. The bits of humor were appropriately spaced and never over the top. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of humorous science fiction, or just sci fi in general. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Check it out, please. Any time a new novelist generates something of this quality, I'm shocked. As readers, we need to encourage this kind of talent. So please, please, try out this book.

You won't regret it.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a744dd4) out of 5 stars Unique new voice 13 Aug. 2009
By Charles Graef - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After seeing a great review from the Village Voice, and intrigued by the preview pages on Amazon, I ordered "The Sheriff of Yrnameer" and found myself devouring it. It's not just that the book is very, very funny, or that the story is very, very entertaining. Both are true. But there's something more, that I think the Voice review was pointing to: Rubens's humor isn't some mere dry hiccup of gags. Instead, there's a pent-up lightning in the humor, something spiny and half-mad forcing its way to the surface. The humor soars and dips. It's also economical, highly intelligent, and completely charming. People will probably make comparisons with Douglas Adams, but honestly, I find Rubens's worldview and the experience of being with his characters somehow more satisfying. Rubens is a unique new voice with a elegantly controlled first novel, but while it's fun discovering a new writer you turn out to really like, it's also a little frustrating not to be able to continue the experience with some next Rubens book -- particularly since other books may pale a little bit beside the vividly-technicolor Yrnameer universe.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ded9f0) out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious and filled with some great dark humor 5 Sept. 2009
By Shannon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have to say this book was a lot of fun. There were some parts that I actually had to pause and take a moment because I couldn't stop laughing. It was a nice quick read and from the first chapter I was hooked. Something that's really telling of a great book is if you're not reading and maybe off doing something else, you're daydreaming about the story and thinking, "I wonder how he's going to get out of that mess?" and "I need to get my work done and go read to find out what's going to happen to him!" This was definitely that kind of book.

One of the funniest parts to me was when Peter the 'Puter was introduced, an artificial intelligence that became sentient. Looking back and rereading the bits with him still make me giggle, especially this part:

Peter was the first to survive because he was the first to answer the Genesis query-"Do you like human beings?"-in the affirmative; and he was the first to answer in the affirmative because, well . . .

I really like colored pebbles, Peter was thinking at the moment. And string.

I don't know why that cracks me up every time, but it does.

As far as the story goes, things start off pretty silly and lighthearted and then slowly get darker as more and more things go wrong for the hero and his companions. Don't get me wrong though, the humor is still retained, it just becomes darker and a little less random.

Cole, as the protagonist, was easy for me to root for. He starts off having the quintessential bad day and things pretty much snowball from there on out. Somehow he manages to squeak by and avoid disaster. Well . . . to a point. His love life is pretty much in shambles, but I have a feeling in the next book, things might be a little easier for the hero.

I also think this book would make an awesome movie. It's got everything to make a great sci-fi film, it's pretty much non-stop action and tomfoolery.

Can't wait to read the next installment, and hopefully it comes soon!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9936d3b4) out of 5 stars Loved the audiobook version 5 Feb. 2010
By Mark Burton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the story, but the voice actor in the audiobook version really makes it. At first I wasn't sure, but after a few chapters I was hooked and laughing out loud.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99378954) out of 5 stars First time author trying to be funny 7 Mar. 2013
By imbubbasmom - Published on
Format: Paperback
Why is it that nearly everybody trying to write humorous science fiction is automatically the next Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett? I picked this one up because Stephen Colbert did the blurb on the back cover, and the inside jacket description sounded pretty good. Unfortunately, the author couldn't live up to his premise. I couldn't even get halfway through the book before I just had to quit. The author never decided which direction to go and it just ended up a mishmash of a plot. Too bad, because it really sounded promising.
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