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Buffalito Destiny (Conroyverse #1.0)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  59 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"Makes for a fun read, especially given such a fantastic cast of characters." -BOOKLIST. "Only Lawrence Schoen could blend the Mayan eschaton, nightclub hypnotism, corporate elitism, radical environmentalism, and good old-fashioned slam-bang adventure fiction." - Jay Lake. "Fast-paced and mind-bending." - Karl Schroeder. A former stage hypnotist, the Amazing Conroy really ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Hadley Rille Books (first published 2009)
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Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Buffalito Destiny is a book to savor. The Amazing Conroy was a hypnotist turned business man who reached the corporate elite thanks to swiping a Buffalito from another planet before returning to Earth. Conroy named him Reggie and they are joined at the hip. Conroy also used Reggie to make other Buffalito to form his business of saving the world by having teams of Buffalito do what they do naturally eat anything and everything then fart out oxygen. Of course he has to keep ahead of the aliens he ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun read. I wasn't sure what to expect, but once I got to a certain point, I just kept turning pages to find out what could possibly happen next. Nice mix of down to earth mundane details (such as the sandwiches!) and boom-boom collisions with implacable terrorists and exotic aliens.
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Endearing characters in a fast-paced adventure.
Julie Davis
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
We meet The Amazing Conroy at the beginning of his career as a stage hypnotist. He’s been stranded on an alien planet after making a delivery as a courier. This situation in and of itself begins to let the reader know about author Lawrence M. Schoen’s talent in combining the mundane with the unexpected. Certainly, I’d never have imagined earning my way around the universe as a stage hypnotist.

The book proper is set in Conroy’s present where he has smuggled an alien life form to Earth. Rarely has
Jonathan Scotese
The writing style reminded me of Robert Asprin. This is as far from hard sci-fi as you can get. It is filled with various psychic powers, biological process that make no sense, and of course super technology.

The politics I perceived rubbed me the wrong way. An "environmentalist" group is cast as the primary antagonist. Their behavior makes no sense other than as fanatical morons to fill the antagonist role so the plot could move forward. Their hypocritical behavior was human supremacist and had
Josh Gentry
Starts of quite fun, but I have the audio book, and I struggle with that format, so I haven't finished. Will give it another go on the way home tonight.

Update: Turns out audio books just don't work for me. Shame. My not finishing the book has nothing to do with the book itself.
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great plotting, engaging elements. But frustratingly underwritten in parts, with flat characters. I loved the buffalitos and definitely wanted to know what happened in the end. So it claws its way up to three stars.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
2 and 3/4. The buffalitos are a wonderful invention. The plotting is great but the characters are just barely there.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A truly funny book. I loved it. I wish he would write more. I enjoyed the Buffalito books as much as I enjoy Terry Pratchett.
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Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of human behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer ...more
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