In a far future city, where you can fall to a government cull for a single mistake, And What Can We Offer You Tonight tells the story of Jewel, established courtesan in a luxurious House. Jewel’s world is shaken when her friend is murdered by a client, but somehow comes back to life. To get revenge, they will both have to confront the limits of loyalty, guilt, and justice.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Neon Hemlock. All thoughts are my own
And What Can We Offer You Tonight is one of the most uniquely written novellas I’ve read this year, with it’s dreamlike, almost surreal stream-of-consciousness prose. In this novella, we follow experienced courtesan Jewel, who, upon discovering the murders of one of her friends, is finally forced to confront her dystopian city’s massive power imbalance. Jewel grapples with the decision of taking revenge for the death of a fellow courtesan and fight for better treatment of her entire house, and protecting herself and the life she’s managed to make from the retribution of her rebellions. Though I initially found the prose off-putting, I quickly found myself sucked into this novella, its unique writing style easily sucking me into this world, the characters fears and pains, their joys and triumphs. I rate this novella a 4/5.
r/Fantasy 2021-22 Bingo Squares:
- Revenge-Seeking Character (hard mode)
- Published in 2021