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“The world is coming to an end.”
I pushed the oil rags and cigarette butts off the seat of my friend Arne’s old pickup truck and climbed in. He threw the truck into gear, gunned the engine, and smirked. “What’s the point of being a fairy if you can’t wave a magic wand and get shit done?”
Yeah, I’m a fairy.
No, not that kind.
I let a half mile of clear-cut rumble past the window while I thought about my crappy mood, contemplating the butchered landscape. Back when I was a kid, I used to enjoy the ride to town because the road wound through a mosaic of wetlands and forest and lakes.
Mostly gone now: the forest, the marshes around the lakes, the moose.
Yeah, I’m half-human, half-forest spirit from the wild hare clan—what anthropologists call a trickster—and I live by the wild hare code of “feed, fight, fornicate”; except that’s using the nice word for it.
Maybe Arne had a point. Maybe I didn’t fight hard enough to better this world I so reluctantly belonged to. After all, my personal life was generally OK, so why get into a brawl about shit I couldn’t change?
What I didn’t know, as the ruined scenery brushed past, was that my personal life would soon go tits up too, and I’d get pushed into fighting in ways I’d never fought before. Lucky me.
KCFinn Reader's Favorites Wild Hare is a fast paced work of apocalyptic and dystopian fiction penned by author Laura Koerber. Combining such varied concepts as fantasy and magic with climate change and political domination is no mean feat, but the plot of this adventurous tale does just that. The central character is Bobby Fallon, an acerbic petty criminal who happens to be part forest fairy. Attached to the Wild Hare clan and guarding a small patch of turf, Bobby negotiates the problems of the real world as everything slowly turns to chaos around him. Poking fun at the exacerbation of conservativism, Bobby’s daily struggles are leading him to the end of the world, and he knows it.
Author Laura Koerber has created a truly unusual work of fiction, painting a portrait of a more realistic apocalypse that everyone can actually see coming. Charged with in-jokes about the current state of politics in the USA, the themes are gently wound into a humorous and genuinely compelling tale of ordinary people trying to get on with their lives. Despite the disaster around him and some of Bobby’s more questionable actions, it’s clear that he is written with affection, and grows on you as a fashionable anti-hero rebelling against every plot twist that hits him. The atmosphere is well maintained from scene to scene, dwelling in that strange place where you can’t believe that something is true, yet you know it really is. Overall, Wild Hare is masterful in its blend of satire and dystopian adventure, with a magical twist that offsets the reality of the plot beautifully.