Everything Is Nice

Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)

‘Rhido Wars’ by Neal Barrett, Jr.

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I am a sucker for stories told in dialect. This is a particularly unusual example in that it features a group of enslaved humans on a death march. They have been enslaved by mandrills (here Drills) who ride to war on fearsomely painted rhinos (the titular Rhidos). For no reason the Drills all have names that pun on cultural figures from the Twentieth Century. This shouldn’t work but it does and the same can be said for the rest of the story.

Quality: ****
Shiftiness: ****

Thoughts on the collection as a whole to follow.

Written by Martin

3 June 2009 at 20:27

Posted in sf, short stories

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  1. You may be interested in this, which is shifty and awesome.

    Graham Sleight

    3 June 2009 at 21:18

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