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The Sheriff of Yrnameer

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,102 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler, on a path to being full-time dead. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy's most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out of be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orp ...more
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Pantheon
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A funny, clever "feel good" story that will leave you with a smile on your face...

3.0 to 3.5 stars. This excellent debut novel definitely belongs in that category of comforting, mood-enhancing stories that are a great pick me up. In the spirit of classics like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Discworld Series, this is a madcap, quirky adventure set in a bizarre universe where advertising and corporate sponsorship have run completely AMOK.

Like Adams and Pratchett, The plot here is
Michael Rubens
Aug 24, 2009 Michael Rubens rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Brilliant, stunning, hilarious -- at least in terms of the cover design, which is by the unbelievably talented Peter Mendelsund. The actual contents of the book are my fault.
The problem with witty or humorous genre fiction is that Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams make it look so effortless. Reading one of their stories or novels is always a comic delight and the prose and language flows so easily across the page that it would be easy for the reader to assume that just anyone can do it.

Too often, many of us have tried and come up extremely short. And more often, some of those who have tried to emulate the success of Adams and Pratchett have ended up published and fo
I picked this up because (A) I'd like to try and read more sci-fi, (B) the cover and title caught my eye, and (C) I'm always on the lookout for good comic fiction, and given the author's work on The Daily Show, I figured this might be a good bet. The story is about a hapless space rogue on the run from his creditors, who gets embroiled in a pretty girl's quest to smuggle something, all of which lands him in a bunch of dicey situations from which he must make daring escapes. If that all sounds ve ...more
The Holy Terror
This book was so much fun. There were some parts that I actually had to pause and take a moment because I couldn't stop laughing. It was a nice quick read and from the first chapter I was hooked. Something that's really telling of a great book is if you're not reading and maybe off doing something else, you're daydreaming about the story and thinking, "I wonder how he's going to get out of that mess?" and "I need to get my work done and go read to find out what's going to happen to him!" This wa ...more
This book is like a giant one man show where every character is played by zaphod beeblebrox, the good british zaphod with the one head that is always napping not the disney one, that well honestly I turned the movie off before he showed up so who knows.

If you have seen the ultimate hitchhikers guide chances are you have read the story young zaphod plays it safe. This novel feels a lot like a play on that, sort of. You know how the old alice and wonderland cartoon is a play on that book with a t
Sam Sobelman
When I first saw her green mopey face from across the bookstore, I thought it might be love. Then I saw she was all hardcover and I was like, "Hey, you know, you're not really my type. I prefer a cheap date." I thought that was it, kerblammo. Fate opens a door and I slam it in the face of yet another shot at love.
Then, six months or whatever later, I see a familiar face peeking at me from behind Batman's pizza butt. It was my missed connection, my own craigslist loveline! And she was wearing a s
When I came across this book in the bookstore, I read the blurb on the dust jacket and summarily dismissed it as a lame idea. Never before had I heard of Michael Rubens, so his bona fide as a writer for The Daily Show with John Stewart really did not impress me; the only time I had heard of The Sheriff of Yrnameer was weeks later in a review on NPR. The reviewer said it was funny, smart, etc. Based on the glowing review, I reconsidered the book and set it on my list of books to get around to rea ...more
Set in the Wild West of outer space sometime after the destruction of the Earth — we know this because one character has a glowing commemorative chunk of the planet, labeled “At Least We Got The Terrorists” — “The Sheriff of Yrnameer” is a silly, fun romp across the universe.
Every cliche in the book is in this book: Our Hero, Cole (not Han Solo), is a petty criminal who picks up some unexpected passengers while fleeing Kenneth (not Jabba the Hutt), a gangster to whom he owes money. There are hos
Sid Fallon
The Sheriff of Yrnameer is likely the funniest book I have ever read. The hero Cole is one of those 'whores with a heart of gold'. Except he's not a whore. He's a thief, smuggler, liar, cheat, and maybe just a little dim, but he makes up for it with a sharp wit and an extraordinary amount of luck.

The world of Yrnameer - meaning the book, not the planet - is a corporate squeezed, advertisement upchuck of futuristic sci-fi. Normally, I don't like science fiction, but Cole doesn't really seem to li
Yrnameer is the last of the “Your Name Heres”--planets that haven’t gotten corporate sponsors yet. It’s pretty rare, so rare it’s become a myth. Mentioning Yrnameer is a sure way to earn a laugh because it’s a well known probability that Yrnameer, if it exists, is in some remote location; even if you wanted to reach it, you couldn’t.

Lucky for Cole--space pirate extraordinaire--he’s just hijacked a spaceship on InvestCo3 with the coordinates for Yrnameer ready to program in and it’s his next dest
Megan Story
I don't usually write out reviews for the books I've read here on goodreads, but after Michael Rubens, the author of this book, sent me a message thanking me for reading his book I feel compelled to write a little something.

This is the most fun book I've read in a long time. It's a humorous space sci-fi book that is similar in tone to Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. There were also moments that reminded me of Firefly.

It's funny and a
A silly, silly space adventure. Really reminded me of an old Star Trek novel (yes, I've read a few) called "How Much for Just the Planet" by John M. Ford, where anything and everything crazy happened. Only they didn't break out in song at wacky moments in this one.
I enjoyed it.
Magadored wants to extrude your face normals
I had high expectations for this book. It's a comedy scifi! Rubens is like a Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett lovechild! Except no, no he isn't.

The story of Cole, a small-time, intergalactic smuggler and petty thief. He's supposed to be the underdog you root for, right? Because he's funny! Super pathetic! And relatable! Even if he is a complete ass with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. But, he's not quite right. Douglas Coupland's Raymond Gunt in Worst Person Ever was far more vile and yet st
In a universe where ads run rampant, heck even the dirt you stand on tries to sell you something, a planet stands out... a lone jewel in the cosmos. The last of the "Your name here" planets that is not spoiled by advertisement or rampent technology.

Cole, our brave blundering villain, finds himself in a bit of a pickle. A series of unfortunate events lands (or is that crashes?) Cole on this unique planet; doing more good then his reputation allows. But what other choices does he have? Well he cou
Apr 15, 2010 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Galactic underdogs
Recommended to Alan by: The cheery, cheesy primary colors of the cover
Give this one a little time to get rolling. I was not at all impressed to begin with, but it grew on me. Kinda like a parasitic organism, maybe, but it grew on me.

Cole is the protagonist. Cole is, to put it bluntly, a con man and a criminal, the kind of lowlife who'd sell his own clone to the highest bidder just to buy passage offplanet, though he's not very good at it. He's massively in debt, in fact, after having unsuccessfully tried to rip off a pair of tudpees (creatures who look alarmingly
Hank Quense
Sep 11, 2009 Hank Quense rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of humorous genre fiction

This book is a rarity: a funny Sci-Fi book. I don't think I've read one since Douglas Adams died. The protagonist in this novel is Cole, a likable rogue who is frequently on the verge of getting murdered in a horrible way. The character trying hardest is Kenneth, a friendly, very large insectoid. Cole has welshed on repaying Kenneth a few times and Kenneth plans on getting even by implanting fifty thousand eggs in Cole's brain via one of his eyes. When they hatch, the larva will feed on Cole's b
Tara Schaafsma
I ended up really liking this. It was funny, and had good timing with the jokes. It's along the lines of A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy humor, but in my opinion, better. I find the cover somewhat unfortunate. It didn't really make me want to read it.
An enjoyable sci-fi/comedy/pastiche/parody/adventure that, for all that it lacks originality, almost makes up for it in enthusiasm. It's a fun, fast-paced flight through regions of space where men have gone before, most notably Douglas Adams; however, unlike others who owe Adams their lifeblood, Rubens is genuinely funny--I especially enjoyed the universe's stupidest computer (he likes pebbles!). There are even moments of actual character development amongst the wackiness, and--points again--Rub ...more
This book is hilarious and brilliant for so many reasons, having a plethora of guffaw-inducing moments while still having endearing characters. The style of humor is reminiscent of Stephen Colbert, so it's easy to see why it's one of his favourite books. Get it and find yourself a room you can laugh in.
This will not be so much a review as praise. Rare are the authors that can bend satire to their very whim. As of this date Michael Rubens has joined Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and Walter Moers in this spirited vein. Sir, I laughed so hard at times because this book felt right at home in the quirky place that I call my mind. Thank you for creating such a wondrous tale and joining the select authors for which I buy hardcovers. Anyone who misses this book can not truly call themselves a fan of ...more
The strongest element of Michael Ruben's "The Sheriff of Yrnameer" is its opening chapter. Apart from being sharp and funny, it effectively draws the reader into the book’s world. However, this book strategically opens with its strongest chapter, like a lackluster sitcom opening with a funny pilot episode. The rest of “Yrnameer” features sparse laughs and wasted characters, and so the reader drifts out the world just as easily as she was drawn in.

Cole, the protagonist, seemed like he had depth
A book about a guy who steals a spaceship and finds more trouble than he bargained for. A very fun and funny read. The comparison with Douglas Adams was dead on. The characters were well defined and sympathetic. You cared what happened to them. Three and a half stars.
I generally prefer my humor to be less heavy-handed. And while I enjoy zany elements in stories, the non-stop, no pause for breath or thought or heart zaniness in this left me very ... well, annoyed.

I suspect this will have more appeal to people who like puns.
Aug 29, 2009 Erica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
A couple of years ago I read a book that kind of reminded me of Doug Adams, except it wasn't nearly as good, and it just ended up being depressing. I should have read The Sheriff of Yrnameer instead. OK, it wasn't published yet, but you get my drift.
Dec 15, 2010 Cathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Shannon Doerfler, Death Becomes the Librarian
Mostly funny and smart. Kind of a Father Goose meets Hitchhiker's Guide. I hate to do comparisons, but it's unavoidable here. If you like frantic, satirical humor, you'll enjoy this.
Theresa Kopitzke
I wanted to like this book, but I hated it. I found the characters flat and one dimensional, the plot predictable, and the humor non-existent. I felt that there were so many scenes and characters that were overly developed initially, which added nothing to the plot (Receiving a ticket for not obeying the traffic light, for example, or anything dealing with Samantha or Teg). Yet, I kept waiting for any of the main characters to evolve into something more, but this never happened. Priority in writ ...more
Cindy Smith
unbelievably funny stuff here and had me laughing out loud throughout. very imaginative. hope he writes more!
See my reviews at the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Book Nook at
This book is hilarious and creative.
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Michael Rubens is the author of the novels The Sheriff of Yrnameer and Sons of the 613. He was previously a producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, to help alleviate that area's critical shortage of writers and producers.

Michael is represented by John Silbersack at Trident Media Group.

It's pronounced "YUR-nuh-meer."
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