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February 20, 2007

Under My Roof


Nick Mamatas, whose birthday it is today, was kind enough to slip me a copy of his latest, Under My Roof, when we saw each other at Boskone. I'm reading it now and I have to say so far it's cracking me the hell up. Yes, I know, there have been a lot of entries in the "suburban household arms itself with a nuclear-capable garden gnome and declares independence" genre of storytelling recently. But this one really does stand out, funny and smart and funny again. And it's a short, quick read, which for me these days is a good thing. Anyway: Lots of fun. Check it out.

Remember also that Nick's previous novel Move Under Ground is currently available as a Creative Commons download (as well as in traditional book form) and that his short story "Who Put the Bomp?" is available right here at Whatever, and that I want you to nominate it for a Hugo because it's a good story and so I can see the Whatever listed as the publication in which it appeared.

Happy Birthday, Nick!

Posted by john at February 20, 2007 01:17 PM

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Steve Buchheit | February 20, 2007 01:45 PM

Happy happy, Nick.

Oh, the nuclear-capable garden gnome. If I had a nickle for every one of those books I've read... I didn't think anybody was writing those anymore. I'll have to check it out.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden | February 20, 2007 02:26 PM

I haven't seen Under My Roof, but Move Under Ground was really, really good and has stuck in my memory since I read it a couple of years ago.

Chang, father of pangolins | February 20, 2007 04:45 PM

Move Under Ground is awesome so far. I gotta go hunt down the hard copy because I find monitor reading hard.

Happy Birthday, Man!

Cassie | February 20, 2007 05:07 PM

[runs to library site]

Nick Mamatas | February 20, 2007 11:33 PM

Thanks boss!

I am full of birthday cake.

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