'As you'd expect from Holt, Blonde Bombshell is rife with puns, complicated setups for ridiculous gags, and a riveting story that is completely implausible.' - Booklist
'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 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.
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.
Books by Tom Holt:
Walled Orchard Series
The Walled Orchard
J.W. Wells & Co. Series
The Portable Door
In Your Dreams
Earth, Air, Fire and Custard
You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps
The Better Mousetrap
May Contain Traces of Magic
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages
When It's A Jar
The Outsorcerer's Apprentice
The Good, the Bad and the Smug
Expecting Someone Taller
Who's Afraid of Beowulf
Here Comes the Sun
Faust Among Equals
Odds and Gods
Paint your Dragon
Wish you Were Here
Alexander at World's End
Snow White and the Seven Samurai
Nothing But Blue Skies
Song for Nero
The Management Style of the Supreme Beings
An Orc on the Wild Side
Driven mad by the "lethally insidious... toxic aural garbage" that is Terran music, the canine inhabitants of the planet Ostar send Mark Two, a bomb so smart it composes violin sonatas, to blow up Earth. Insatiably curious, Mark Two delays its mission, takes human form, and explores Earth to find out why the Mark One bomb vanished. After encountering software revolutionary Lucy Pavlov, a unicorn, two men who probably aren't werewolves, and drunken corporate stooge George Stetchkin, Mark decides not to complete his mission, precipitating confrontations with a third bomb (named Bob) and the entire Ostar war fleet. Holt, well-known in the U.K. for historical flights of fancy, is set to make a splash in the U.S. with this wickedly funny, take-no-prisoners mashup of love, Armageddon, activists, and one of the universe's most valuable commodities: octopi.
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I've read many of this guys stuff, and as always, simply more than just good. Take real life, turn it backwards, add two varieties of seasoning, lots of smart humour, a sideways glance or two, and kiss some hours goodbye.
Always a pleasure.
Excellent If you like escaping reality. Written with class, humour and wit. You can't go wrong.
His best book so far
I've always enjoyed Tom Holt's style of writing, but didn't really feel he'd written an absolute knockout - until this book. It's as close to unputdownable a book as I've read for years. Even my wife (who generally dislikes fiction, let alone fantasy), loved it. Great characters and a brilliantly observed morality tale!