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A Clean Sweep With All the Trimmings

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Award-winning science fiction author James Alan Gardner brings us Damon Runyon-esque tale of courteous guys, bulletproof dolls, and the fedora-clad spacemen that bring them together.
ebook, 32 pages
Published December 14th 2011 by Tor Books
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Stephanie
Aug 27, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, noir, sci-fi
The blurb describes this as "a Damon Runyon-esque tale of courteous guys, bulletproof dolls, and the fedora-clad spacemen that bring them together" which in fact is quite accurate. Really enjoyed it!
Marco
Aug 13, 2014 Marco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a Damon Runyon-esque tale of courteous guys, bulletproof dolls, and the fedora-clad spacemen that bring them together. The story was written by the author as a tribute to Damon Runyon, for the seventy-fifth anniversary of its death. It tries to use Runyon's delightful, distinctive prose style and the post-Prohibition New York atmosphere in a sci-fi setting.
Maggie Gordon
It was... okay? I think it was a bit too silly for my tastes, and I rankled at the conversation about "dolls". Interesting combo of scifi and gangster-era timeline, but it certainly wasn't my favourite.
Natalie
Well this one gave me a chuckle because of the way it's written. You need to imagine the narrator as having one of those depressions era gangster accents. The story is full of depression era slang.
Anita Kilgour
Short. Fun. Very classic gumshoe-ish voice. I love his work.
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Raised in Simcoe and Bradford, Ontario, James Alan Gardner earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

A graduate of the Clarion West Fiction Writers Workshop, Gardner has published science fiction short stories in a range of periodicals, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. In 1989, his short story "Children o
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