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The Sheriff of Yrnameer

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,315 Ratings  ·  204 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
Jun 08, 2016 David rated it really liked it
This is a hilarious science fiction novel that is highly entertaining. As the story opens, space rogue Cole is being held upside down by Kenneth, a super-big, super-strong alien with lots of tentacles and eyes. Cole owes Kenneth lot of money from gambling debts, and Kenneth is about to collect what is owed to him. So, since Cole doesn't have the money, Kenneth will do the next best thing--he will plant his eggs in Cole's brain, which would amount to turning Cole into a Zombie.

Needless to say, Co
Michael Rubens
Jun 25, 2009 Michael Rubens rated it it was amazing  ·  (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 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
Oct 21, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2009
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
Apr 29, 2010 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Jan 19, 2017 Grumpus rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, hoopla
I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not a sci-fi guy. Be certain to consider that fact if you are planning to use my rating in your decision to read this or not.

I want to like the genre and can’t understand why I don’t. I believe I have the correct personality. I like space stuff, aliens, and suspend disbelief when I need to. Why? Why, O why?

Not that I’ve ever done it but, I guess it is like internet dating. You fill out all your interests and then you’re matched with someone based what appeal
Aug 29, 2010 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
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
Oct 26, 2010 Sam Sobelman rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 05, 2010 Erika rated it it was amazing
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
Sid Fallon
Aug 05, 2009 Sid Fallon rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
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
Feb 06, 2011 Terrence rated it did not like it
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
Megan Story
Dec 23, 2009 Megan Story rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2016 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oodles of fun. Now that I'm finally venturing out into the scifi genre, this was a lovely find. A book as funny as it was imaginative, which is to say considerably. Sheer light entertainment, but very entertaining at that. Think spaghetti western meets space odyssey meets...something hilarious as the somewhat roguish reluctant hero of the story traverses space to reluctantly save the utopian planet of Yrnameer. Why isn't there a sequel (the book's ending is practically begging for one) or a cine ...more
Dec 12, 2009 Dorcas rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 10, 2014 Thisseatofmars rated it did not like it
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
Apr 15, 2010 Alan rated it liked it
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
Sep 05, 2009 Secoh2000 rated it really liked it
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
Hank Quense
Sep 11, 2009 Hank Quense rated it really liked it
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
May 27, 2009 Trin rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, american-lit
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
Sep 18, 2009 Ulagon rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2014 Hal rated it it was amazing
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.
Wes Lawrence
Mar 10, 2016 Wes Lawrence rated it really liked it
This one is sort of like what would have happened had Douglas Adams gotten ahold of Han Solo. Super fun. It's a little bit more focused than Hitchiker's Guide... think Gestapo Mars if you've read it, but a step up in terms of quality (not that GM was bad!)

It really works.
Apr 06, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it
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.
Tara Schaafsma
Jun 25, 2015 Tara Schaafsma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
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.
Sep 05, 2009 Dorie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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.
Aug 29, 2009 Erica rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 23, 2010 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Aug 21, 2009 Allie rated it it was amazing
Funny, silly, and very strange.
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Michael Rubens is the author of the novels The Sheriff of Yrnameer, Sons of the 613, The Bad Decisions Playlist, and Emily and the Spellstone (June 2017). He is a correspondent and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and has previously produced for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. His writing has also appeared in places like The New Yorker Daily Shou ...more
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