This compact but searching novel draws inspiration from Douglas Adams and other speculative, philosophical, humorous fiction. Incident and expansive colloquy abound, with implications both cosmic and deeply human. The strongest narrative thread involves Ouroboros, a vigilant traffic cop, endeavors to enforce the “Entropic Articles of Incorporation” on all customers. Dave grapples with the suspicion that Ouroboros possesses omnipotence—and the implications of what this might mean for the existence of free will in this part of the universe.
While quirky customers keep things lively, the diner’s outside-of-time quality extends to narrative momentum, as this is a story of ideas, characters, conversations, and a respite from the hurlyburly of life in the timestream. While the conversational approach limits tension, the revelation that Dave might be a quanti, someone capable of existing in two places simultaneously, comes as an intriguing shock, and Bonn blends insights, conceptual challenges, and welcome comedy throughout this homey visit. A conversation about the nature of a creator suggests there’s more to explore, here, and readers of heady, inviting SF with a hangout vibe will hunger for a second serving.
Takeaway: Chatty, searching SF comedy, over coffee and outside of time itself.
Comparable Titles: Douglas Adams, Charles Yu.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: B-