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Dilettante

A cursory and curious listing of books and literatrivia. 

Blonde Bombshell

Blonde Bombshell - Tom Holt Any time someone writes humorous SF, comparisons with Douglas Adams are inevitable, but I think it's unfair to measure Tom Holt's Blonde Bombshell with this in mind.It's an original story, with lots of laughs, and some fun observations about human nature and bad computer software. On a purely SF level it doesn't really make any sense -- the Ostars are essentially dogs, yet they have seats, buttons, and other human technologies, which surely wouldn't be comfortable for canine asses and paws as whatever they would create in terms of tools. (I'm imagining some kind technology that runs on dog pee and sniffing.) But that's kind of a quibble, because really the fun of the book is in the human interactions. This is where the Douglas Adams comparison really goes off the rails, because I think Holt's characters are a bit more believable than most of those penned by Adams.And yes, it doesn't have the same verbal glee with the pun as Adam's work, but there are some great lines, and a few laugh-out loud moments, so it's worth your time. That is, if you like goofy books about sentient planet-busting bombs, and advanced, eight-limbed computer technology.