August 9, 2022

High Times in the Low Parliament by Kelly Robson

High Times in the Low Parliament by Kelly RobsonHigh Times in the Low Parliament by Kelly Robson
Published by Tordotcom on August 9, 2022
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

TorDotCom keeps publishing amazing SFF novellas and High Times in the Low Parliament by Kelly Robson is no exception.

About High Times in the Low Parliament

Set in an AU 18th century England with no men but plenty of political acrimony and fairies, High Times in the Low Parliament is witty slacker satire at its best.

Our heroine, Lana, is always looking for her next high along with sweet lady kisses which is how she ends up being sent to the Low Parliament. Fairies watch over the Parliamentarians and their endless posturing and squabbling with a sense of despair. If Parliament can’t break its endless hung votes by the next new moon, they’ll die as the Parliament House floods, plunging countries back into endless wars to everyone’s detriment.

My thoughts about High Times in the Low Parliament

The worldbuilding is enough to give us a taste but tantalizingly scarce on details. And I want more! Lana is charmingly louche as she’s always finding ways to get high and always hoping for a makeout session with her crush deputy Eloquentia. But not so dissolute that she isn’t worried about them all drowning. She’s the delightful rogue who’s craftier than she wants others to believe. Bugbite is the perfect grump to Lana’s sunshine.

While this can be read as a metaphor for current politics, you can also read it as a queer romp with some serious roguish charm and style.

You get:

  • AU England with fairies but no men
  • Scribes
  • Snark
  • Politics
  • Hallucinogens
  • Curses
  • Fairy glitter and grumpiness
  • Interpretive dance as communication
  • Crushes
  • Polyamory
  • Roguish MC
  • Sunshine and grump

In closing

Thank you, TorDotCom for the ARC!

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About Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson is a Canadian short fiction writer. Her novelette “A Human Stain” won the 2018 Nebula Award, and she has won both the 2019 and 2016 Aurora Awards for best Short Story. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, Locus, Astounding, Aurora, and Sunburst Awards. Kelly consults as a creative futurist for national and international organizations. After twenty-two years in Vancouver, she and her wife, writer A. M. Dellamonica, now live in downtown Toronto.

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