The Plutonium Blonde

The Plutonium Blonde

by John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem

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ISBN-13: 9781625670489
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 06/04/2014
Series: Nuclear Bombshell , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 801,920
File size: 674 KB

About the Author

John Zakour is a humor/sf/fantasy writer with a Master's degree in Human Behavior. He has written thousand of gags for syndicated comics, comedians, and TV shows (including Rugrats and The Tonight Show). John currently writes his own syndicated comics, Working Daze and Maria’s Day, for Universal Press. He also has been a contributor to Nickelodeon magazine, writing Fairly Odd Parents, Rugrats, and Jimmy Neutron comic books. John also writes Simpsons comics for Bongo Comics. John has written seven humorous SF novels for Daw Books (the first, The Plutonium Blonde, was named the funniest SF book of 2001 by The Chronicle of Science Fiction), three YA books, four humorous self-help books and three books on HTML.

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Plutonium Blonde 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TadAD on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book didn't work for me. I couldn't quite settle on whether the authors were lampooning the pulp genres or contributing to them, though it was unquestionable that they were lampooning our society. The humor was a bit forced and got old after a while (OK, I get it¿Bill Gates is a god, everything is "New" and Hollywood does run everything!); the action never really got going; the smartest computer on the planet was less smart than the reader. I think A. Lee Martinez did a better job of mixing noir with science fiction in The Automatic Detective.
amberwitch on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The traditionel noir PI setup, set in the future - the 2050's - with killer droids, clones and cars. Killer almost everything in fact. Zachary Nixon Johnson - the last PI on eart - is hired to find an escaped super droid. A droid who is psycotic, violent and modelled on a worldfamous exotic danser. Johnson gets attacked so often in the course of his investigations, it is impossible to keep count, but due to his obligatory tech genius associate and his toys, he escapes all attempts at his life relatively unscathed. He is accompanied by a super AI - who fills the role of cheeky sidekick - and the interactions between them are meant to funny, but although they did cause a few laughs they were few, and too far between.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Think Sam Spade in 2032: Zachary Nixon Johnson is the last licensed PI on the planet. He has a psychic secretary, his girlfriend is a curvaceous, highly intelligent (think surgeon) ex-kick-boxing champ, and his best friend is the smartest computer on Earth. Stir in one missing (and deadly), plutonium-powered android, a wealthy corporation - missing aforesaid android - and a few annoying competitors from DickCo, and you've barely scratched the surface of a very good, slightly tongue-in-cheek, mystery.Campy, silly, predictable and fun. I've just started the sequel, The Doomsday Brunette, and it's right up the same alley.
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Trance More than 1 year ago
I'm a IT person and this book is hilarious, imaginative, and funny as all get out. The writing is top notch, the character development is great, and the tech teams make this a must for techies.
harstan More than 1 year ago
By 2057, technology enables people to drive hovercrafts and teleport to different places. The last private detective in the world Zachary Nixon Johnson, knows that HARV is a computer projection. However, that does not stop him from playing backgammon with it, talking with it or listening to it.

When HARV informs Zach that they need an infusion of capital to pay the rent, he reluctantly takes on the case of BB Star, ex stripper and now the CEO of ExShell, one of the most powerful conglomerates in the world. BB has a doppelganger named BB-2 an artificially intelligent android that is angry, psychotic and dangerous. She has a plutonium core, which makes her a powerful weapon that must be deactivated if BB is to survive. Even knowing that the press will hounded him, thugs will beat him, and he will look like a fool, Zach takes on the case rather than face living on the street.

Abbott and Costello meet a futuristic crime noir is the context underlying the amusing THE PLUTONIUM BLONDE. When HARV and Zach are talking to each other, especially during their numerous crisis, readers will laugh until they cry. It is impossible to believe HARV, the real star of the book, is only a hologram projected by Zach¿s computer because he seems so human. The mystery is fun too, but the entertainment and uniqueness of this tale are the relationship between the two stars (that is Zach and HARV not BB and BB-2).

Harriet Klausner