Under My Roof
By Nick Mamatas
Twelve-year-old Herbert can read minds.Â Because of this, he knows his father is building a nuclear device in the garden gnome.Â Then his father proclaims their house and yard its own country.Â They use the internet and fax machine to set up trade agreements with rival nations.Â The military surrounds their home, and soon micro-nations are popping up across the United States.Â WHat a way to spend your summer vacation.
Under My Roof is a great novel: funny, thoughtful, and exciting all at once.Â Nick Mamatas has created a satircal work that doesn’t feel like it’s preaching to you.Â It’s a short, fast read, as well, one that could probably be engulfed in a single day at the beach.
Recommendation: Very High.