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McLendon's Syndrome

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Ken MacKay's career in space was going nowhere. The decrepit trading ship he served on was also going nowhere: the Rustam's Slipper was grounded on Schuyler's World, a backwater planet lacking even a good bar. For diversion, Schuyler's offered bad bars, cute yet conniving aliens called Rodents, and Catarina -- a mysterious, beautiful, unsettlingly smart woman. Catarina wan ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published March 22nd 1993 by Del Rey
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Timothy Boyd
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't seem to get into the writing style of this SiFi comedy. It seemed like nothing but puns and one liners strung together to make a story. Overall not a good read. Not recommended ...more
William Schmitt
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book a long time ago when I was a kid. It was one of my favorites. If you’re looking for a book with clean white spaceships defending idyllic worlds, this is the wrong book for you. The world they are defending, Schuyler’s World is about as far from idyllic as possible. Reminds me more of Tatooine. The alien race in the story, the rodents, reminds me a bit of the Chinese leaders. The old leader would be Deng Xiaopeng. It is mentioned of him that if he had lived they would all be spea ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rife with puns, space vampires, and a sentient bowling pin named Jeeves (as always, the real hero) I read McLendon'S Syndrome as a small child, and it's stayed with me ever since. While the trope of the far more competent girlfriend who still winds up needing the far less competent man's help isn't my favorite, I remember this series fondly--and not just because it stars the Duke of Earl! ...more
Devyn Wood
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Looking for a fun, quirky sci fi novel with plenty of puns? Check out this one.
Mandi O
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating is closer to 3.5 stars. Might lower it on re-read; I read it back when I was 13 or 14, after all.

The only reason I picked up this book was because a friend of my Dad's went to school with the author and she found out that he'd very loosely based Catarina on her (according to her, he was the one who tortured her with horrible puns). The minute Dad found out, he had to buy a copy, and then I "borrowed" the book from him.

This is not a book to be taken very seriously. The "vampire" who suffer
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was an OK book for some one that is into vampires. The first half or more of the book was good reading, but about hafe way through it got to dragging, hard to keep track of characters, and even harder to keep track of the action. Almost stopped reading several times. Probably the worst book I have finished reading in ten years.
Michael Bafford
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
This started out Ok but then the story bogged down in details and uninteresting bi-characters until the only Sense of Wonder left was wondering why this didn't get a better editing.

Easy to read but too chatty.
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very funny. Dry humor. And no, contrary to most of the reviewers (and the blurb) there are no paranormal type vampires in the story. There is a disease (McLendon's Syndrome, d'oh) that imitates some of the legendary characteristics of vampirism. ...more
Susan Lee
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How can you not love a book about vampires who crave chocolate chip cookies. Victims of McLendon's Syndrome have allergies that you wouldn't wish on you mother-in-law. ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Vampires in space.

Enough said.

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