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❰Read❯ ➵ Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson Author George Alec Effinger – Transportjobsite.co.uk chapter 1 Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson, meaning Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson, genre Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson, book cover Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson, flies Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson, Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson 9a7c15c58d04f Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson Is AAnthology By George Alec Effinger, With Cover And Interior Illustrations By Ken Kelly They Collect All Of His Stories About Maureen Muffy Birnbaum, A Jewish American Princess Who Is Magically Teleported To Various Fantasy And Science Fiction Universes, And Later Recounts The Tales To Her Best Friend, Bitsy Spiegelman Originally Written On His Own Initiative, The Character Proved Popular Enough For Effinger To Gain Several Requests From Authors To Have Versions Of Their Work Visited By MuffyIn Addition To Satirizing And Spoofing The Various Stories, They Had A Feminist Undertone, As Maureen Dealt With The Often Sexist Reactions Of The Inhabitants Of The Worlds She Met, Struggled To Find The Martian Prince She Had Fallen In Love With, And Contrasted Her Adventures With Bitsy, A Housewife With An Increasingly Unhappy Marriage Wikipedia

10 thoughts on “Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson

  1. says:

    You need a sense of humor for this one If you re one of those guys that lives in your Mom s basement and have a complete Viking raider costume complete with horned helmet and warhammer, you might not appreciate the broad satire of your favorite genre Effinger drills straight into dozens of our favorite classic sci fi and sword and sorcery epics and skewers the improbable magic and unlikely setups that are so often found in low grade pulp fiction of this sort He also does a nice job playing in harder sci fi worlds as well The sword and sorcery devotees may not find this particularly funny Serious lot they are to say the least This book made me laugh out loud I wish I had written it.

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    In the title piece of this collection of cult fave stories, prep school senior Maureen Muffy Birnbaum finds herself transported to Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom unnamed but readily identifiable nonetheless and prevails against the natives armed only with her Heather ish attitude and sense of entitlement well, a honking big sword she picks up along the way helps too Subsequent adventures take her to similarly copyright infringement skirting versions of Burroughs Pellucidar, Isaac Asimov s Nightfall, H.P Lovecraft s Cthulhu mythos, and so on, all of which she survives with her attitude and manicure intact Sure, it s a one joke idea, but it s a pretty funny joke all the same.

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    I was first introduced to Muffy Bitsy in one of Esther Friesner s Chicks in Chainmail anthologies, and fell in love I found this collection in a used bookstore and bought it without hesitation The main stories of Muffy s adventures were fun but grew old fast, possibly because I don t know the backgrounds of the different worlds she intrudes upon Of interest to me was the progression of Bitsy s personal life I enjoyed the book, but I think a dedicated collection is the wrong format for these characters due to the story s very nature, these should remain split up, something to be stumbled upon at various intervals in time.

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    Almost everyone loves these stories I m afraid I don t Oh, they are well written, very clever, and witty, but they re not my cup of tea I like my fantasy straight up and taken seriously These have just too much tongue in cheek for me to really enjoy.

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    The late George Alec Effinger does a great job of parodying other authors with his stories of the teenage Maureen Muffie Birnbaum His heroine finds herself on Barsoom, then at the Earth s Core, and then in other worlds Perhaps my favorite is the story about Ms Birnbaum appearing on the planet named Lagash just in time to face the panic that ensued when Night Fell from Isaac Asimov s Nightfall Very entertaining stories only wish there were adventures of the gorgeous sword wielding Muffie Birnbaum.

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    A nifty collection of short stories, taking the classic concept of the crossworld hopping person from the modern world ending up in a fantasy setting this one resembling a Burroughs Barssom setting and adapting to their new surroundings rapidly Its done with tongue in cheek and humor as the goal, as well as satire, and in this case a Jewish Princess Valley Girl that becomes a Barbarian Swordswoman when she world hops.It s probably hard to find a copy, and long out of print, but worth it if you can.

  7. says:

    This collection is a lot of fun it casts a clueless, preppy, Jewish princess society girl in the role of a swashbuckling, swordswoman adventuress in famous fictional fantasy worlds Great funny stuff

  8. says:

    If you love parody, you have to read this It s a scream THe only low point may be when Maureen enters into a shopping context with Maid Marian That, I could do without But the rest is excellent.

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    And Hilarity Ensues6 of 6 people found the following review helpful Reflections in History s Mirror, September 4, 2012 This review is from Thinking in Time The Uses of History for Decision Makers Paperback Created for their single semester Harvard course for training political decision makers, authors Neustadt and May s historiography focuses on a several recent American turning points and examines how historical precedent either did or could have persuaded those involved The book intrigues on multiple levels, first as a comparison between similar events, second as a profile of the personalities involved such as Kennedy, LBJ, Reagan and Carter, third as a set of methods for outlining perspectives and finally, even though the book is 26 years old and predates the collapse of the Soviet Union, the subjects discussed such as health care, social entitlements and military confrontation are still relevant today, even so today in light of the 2012 election cycle.Any methodology has the benefit of crystallizing the issues NM s approach advises the guarded use of analogy Having selected one of exemplars they suggest outlining the similarities and differences between them and the current situation Since our knowledge of events are incomplete, categorize features as Known , Unknown and Presumed Instead of describing the problem, an approach that might bias the conclusion, tell the story and tell it from the perspective of different actors In addition to asked the 5W s, ask Alexander s Question what new information might challenge the Presumed items and lead to a different course of action Additionally they recommend Placement creating a timeline of events in the lives of key players in order to understand their motivation The technique is nicely summarized at the end of the book.The case studies are marvelous and include LBJ s intense use of placement as a political tool allegedly saying I never feel really comfortable with a man unless I have his pecker in my pocket , the wide range of historic parallels used by Kennedy s emergency cabinet during the Cuban missile crisis, Truman s extensive knowledge of and ability to ability to apply history without which he is easily misread, and the key insight into Reagan that he was influenced positively by the New Deal and had a deep and genuine admiration for FDR s approach to leadership Another good case was the debate and planning for the 1977 Swine Flu recent examples would be the preventative regime implemented to combat SARS or the awareness campaign and infrastructure created in reaction to AIDS which was strongly linked to the pandemic of 1918 which killed a half million Americans and had victims by the end of WWI than the war itself NM also unkinde to problems of the Carter presidency which they viewed as technically motivated and, beyond the imagery of the 100 day post election honeymoon which resulted in an overly ambitious program that failed to pass, did not employ historic analogy With his tendency to sermonize they likened Carter to a Baptist preacher, surrounded by like mannered people, who tended to assume the moral high ground rather than constructively engage with others, an example being his treatment of German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Like FDR he engaged in fireside chats with the nation, but whereas FDR was uplifting, Carter s broadcasts were downbeat and depressing NM also focus on the failure of the SALT II disarmament talks and Carter s fractious relationship with leading Senator Henry Scoop Jackson, but surprisingly neglect what was, at least on first inspection, his major success, the Camp David Accords.I was especially intrigued by the rivalry between Francis Perkins, US Secretary of Labour during the Depression and WW II and Mary Anderson, Director of the Woman s bureau and subordinate to her The two came from different backgrounds but had similar feminist ideals yet Anderson made the tactical mistake of alienating Perkins by accusing her of betraying ideals, which she was not rather than working within the framework of finding common goals The result allowed Anderson to keep her position, but damaged her advancement.The last chapter is a paean to reading history and makes a number of excellent though ambitious recommendations The authors tend to favour accounts written by individuals close in time to events, especially autobiographies, ie Ulysses S Grant , or wielding influence such as Churchill , rather than recent historians who run the risk of layering too much hindsight based on outcomes The book informs, entertains and elevates the level of discussion leading one to seek out similar approaches to historic interpretation.A great read and highly recommended.

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    At first glance, what you notice about this book is the woman on the cover Like a Frazetta of old, she is scantily clad in the sort of gear Red Sonja used to wear, metal bikini, sword at her side But look closer Are those credit cards tucked into the G string Are those two shopping bags on her left arm, one nearly obscured by the 1990s computer screen yellow letters in the title The blurb on the jacket confirms that something is not quite as it seems In fact, nothing is Maureen Danielle Birnbaum has been inexplicably whisked away from her skiing trip in Vermont to a red dust planet She s on Mars, completely starkers, and yet somehow able to breathe the air, leap many feet in a single bound and communicate in English with the first gorgeous humanoid male she meets Yep, it s a clear parody of an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, complete with damsel in distress But Maureen isn t one to stay distressed for long She s a strong, powerful piece of womanhood, thank you very much, and when she finds a sword and notices four armed Martians slaughtering a whole bunch of people, she wades in swinging.Maureen isn t a dim piece of fluff either She knows how to fence, has in depth knowledge of Earth history and doesn t hold back on putting men in their place if they try to treat her as if she s fragile or stupid She also is something of a frenemy, constantly popping back to harass her friend Bitsy with her adventures while taking nasty digs at her throughout her revelations of her fantastical exploits Maureen is smart, pert, competent, cunning, calm in the face of danger yet also calculating, greedy, garrulous, opinionated and occasionally mean spirited So she s a well rounded character, with her share of flaws and virtues Muffy s brand of chatty, self righteous feminism can be a little hard to take Her snipes at her friend Elizabeth not Bitsy, if you please make her seem caught in a perpetual brand of childhood, a kind of reverse Peter Pan who bothers Wendy with the tales of his adventures while she s growing up and trying to rear a family The stories don t necessarily inspire hearty gusts of laughter But, as Mr Effinger transports Maureen from one author s worldscape to another, we see the humor of this Nineties woman yanked through space and time with no one else to talk to and in forever search of her stalwart Martian man Maureen must be lonely but she never lets on so you don t pity her Instead, you admire her gumption and smile to see her taken through various scenarios from some of the most famous science fiction authors of previous decades.This anthology of fanfiction is one that collectors of past science fiction writing will want to get their hands on if it s not on their shelves already.

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