Prosper's Demon by K.J. Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There's a lot of great stuff going on in this novella.
My first, I believe reasonable, reaction was one of, "Hey! This is like Bujold's Penric's Demon!"
But very quickly, it went down the rabbit hole, scaring away every mouse, drenching itself in blood, and proving that art really IS mightier than the sword.
I like. A lot.
I doesn't end there. It doesn't even begin there. What I got during the reading was a treatment of the prisoner's dilemma wrapped around a despoiled world much like our own and set in a boiling vat of Enlightenment-era intrigue, authoritarian bullies, and the delightful introduction of widespread institutionalized demon possession.
So, yeah, I want MORE. A lot more. Novels worth. GIVE ME MORE! :)
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