ROCK 'N' ROLL BABES FROM OUTER SPACE by Linda Jaivin

ROCK 'N' ROLL BABES FROM OUTER SPACE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The title says it all about this cartoonish second novel by the author of Eat Me (1997): Three alien babes escape to Earth in order to enjoy lots of sex, drugs, and loud music. Jalvin pretends that every pop sci-fi universe is real, from the space babies of the tabloids to the paranoid fantasies of The X-Files, and there's even a nod to Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker books, which clearly serve as some sort of prototype for the extraterrestrial antics here. BabyBaby, Lati, and Doll are hybrid ""ayles"" (i.e., aliens) from Nufon, the most boring planet in the ""yoon"" (i.e., universe). The spawn of previous Earth abductees, the three aspiring rock star/sex fiends steal a rocket and head to Sydney, where Baby-Baby soon hooks up with Rastacoiffed slacker and rocker wannabe Jake, the lead singer in the band Bosnia. After a night of otherworldly sex, Jake will do anything for his alien love, except commit. Meanwhile, the rock scene in Australia is mesmerized by the most amazing band they've ever heard--the three slightly greenish super-babes, whose antennas are assumed to be just part of their act. Up in space, an interplanetary committee, headed by Capt. Qwerk, decides to recapture the girls, before all of Earth learns of the ""Hidden Agenda."" The babes manage to escape ahead of Qwerk, and bring a number of earthlings along for the ride--including UFO-spotting George, who's been waiting a long time for alien contact; and Ebola Van Axel, a leather-clad metal superstar. Their hasty getaway is assisted by none other than God, who makes cameo appearances throughout. The flimsy plot, though, is beside the point: Jaivin devotes most of her energy to re-creating the sounds of such things as inter-species lovemaking: ""Urn um um! Socky wocky wocky! Um um um! Chp chp chp. Ooooooh. Smelly welly welly . . . ."" Strained humor and annoying bouts of intergalactic jive talk.

Pub Date: April 13th, 1998
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Broadway