High Times in the Low Parliament

Tor.com. Aug. 2022. 160p. ISBN 9781250823021. $14.99. FANTASY
Winner of both the Nebula and Aurora awards and a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Locus awards, Robson (Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach) here offers a satirical send up of politicians and bureaucrats wrapped in a story of queer love and female friendship, sprinkled with fairy dust, and set in the 18th century. Lana has been packed off to Low Parliament as a reluctant scribe, just as the government is on the threshold of dissolving. Literally. The fae-controlled legislature will flood the building, drowning all the humans within it, if there are too many hung votes. Charming, insouciant, and frequently stoned Lana wants to live and pursue a romance with the dancing delegate from Provence, but she’ll need the help of a friendly fae and some psychedelic yeast in order to save her fellow scribes and ladylove. The story trips along as Lana charms her way into love, friendship, and surprising herself most of all, power.
VERDICT Readers who like their political fantasies and power trips to go down with a spoonful of sugar will eat this up.
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