The Brief and Terrifying Reign of Phil

A very odd book that I picked up at the library on a whim. It is set in Inner Horner, a country so small that only one citizen at a time can stand there; the other Inner Hornerites stay in Outer Horner, waiting their turn.

Their idyllic situation is disturbed by the transformation of a local loser, Phil, into a demagogue who threatens their way of life.

Ordinarily the sort of off-the-wall humor that pervades this book is not really my thing. I think it is just too easy to come up with really random things, so it doesn’t impress me much.

However, this book is quite short, so it didn’t have as much time to bother me. I did enjoy it.

I put this into the same category as “Lint” in terms of its humor and general approach to sci-fi (as in, filed there since there is no other genre that fits).

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