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Blonde Bombshell
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 May 2010
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? Well, it appears that our music is what is disturbing their peace and quiet. And let's face it, if you recall the European space project that sent up strange music from Blurr a few years ago, you can sort of see their point.

The plot is somewhat complicated and convoluted - it manages to somehow take in the odd unicorn and octopus as it goes - but how it plays out is part of the joy of the book so I won't attempt any further explanations here.

Much of the comedy comes from observational humour on the human condition, the cultural references of mankind and our interaction with computers as well as the idea of computers with a moral conscience. He has a fine eye for the absurdities of human behaviour and culture. But he also maintains a strong level of plot development. He has several strands of plot running at the same time and it is far from clear until very late on if, or how, these are going to come together. OK, there might be some gaps in the logic now and then, but this is sci fi, after all.

Blonde Bombshell is an easy to read and frequently very amusing book. It would be a fantastic holiday and it's great escapism.

And dog-owners would be well advised to be particularly nice to their pets after reading this book - you never know if they are passing information about you back to their home planet!
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on 29 October 2017
Good condition, very well priced and one of his best stories IMHP.
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on 8 March 2017
Awesome read.
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on 16 January 2011
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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on 6 March 2011
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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on 6 October 2011
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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on 15 October 2013
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 population. On the canine dominated planet of Ostar the peace and quiet so enjoyed by the citizenry is being shattered by the appalling attempts at music being belched out by the primitive human inhabitants of the nearby planet affectionately known as Earth. As much as the citizens of Ostar love their own humans - they buy them shiny collars and little jackets and could almost swear that their lovable pets can read their minds - something most be done to quieten to dim, country cousin style humans that have been left to run wild on Earth.

Being a technologically advanced bunch, the Ostar canines created a smart bomb that could be fitted snugly into a missile and launched towards their noisy neighbours, the intention of course being to blow the Earth into billions upon billions of tiny, soundless particles. The bomb is perfect, as well as being immensely powerful it features the most highly developed artificial intelligence system ever created. As the missile is sent speeding off towards its apocalyptic destiny, it seems that the Earth doesn't stand a chance. Two years pass.

Something is clearly amiss. Much to the chagrin of those on Ostar, on Earth everything is business as usual. It seems that absolutely zero damage has been caused by interstellar weaponry. The smart bomb was unfortunately [or fortunately, depending on which planet you are commenting from] not as smart as it first appeared. Rather than detonating upon impact with Earth, the bomb is in fact living among the humans and having a whale of a time whilst doing so. Using its comprehensive biological and cultural databases to create itself the ultimate humanoid form, the bomb has become Lucy Pavlov [did you spot the doggy reference there?] aka the archetypal Blonde Bombshell.

In the year 2017 Lucy Pavlov is the ultimate female icon. The CEO of PavSoft Industries, producer of a revolutionary operating system that every computer on the planet runs on, Pavlov has it all - immense wealth, unfathomable intelligence and an unequalled three year run as winner of the international `Most Beautiful Woman' title. Having been so successful with its assimilation into human culture, the bomb [or Lucy if you would prefer] has almost forgotten its past life. Until, that is, the day that it decides to give up smoking.

Blonde Bombshell no doubt sounds rather strange, which is just as well since the plot is actually even more spectacularly twisting and convoluted than a mere summary can adequately convey. Tom Holt always manages to create zany and engaging characters but the true genius of his work is the crazy yet somehow still disturbingly plausible situations that these characters find themselves in. That and the jokes. Holt is as much a humorist as he is a novelist and the jokes and witticisms come thick and fast in Blonde Bombshell. Picking a page at random to quote from: "... the penalty for transgression would make the liveliest imaginings of Hieronymus Bosch look like Disneyland." Holt is able to pick out the oddities and peculiarities of humanity and then manipulate them to their utmost hilarity potential. Comic fantasy at its finest, Blonde Bombshell is another inventively entertaining novel from Tom Holt that is sure to get your brain twitching and to induce a belly laugh at least every three pages or so.
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VINE VOICEon 9 May 2010
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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on 21 July 2011
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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on 9 November 2010
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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