Fool on the Hill – Part 3

Fool on the Hill – Part 3

This week Sam continues his deep dive into the 1988 Matt Ruff novel Fool on the Hill. This part opens with the thing everyone is most excited about: Hallowe’en! But not everything goes smoothly as George and Aurora Borealis Smith get lost in the foggy, underground woods of Tolkien house and end up accidentally making-out since they apparently can’t tell each other apart from their respective actual romantic partners. After the party Jinsei and Preacher decide to date after Jinsei says she sees Ragnarock as just a friend. Due to a truly pathetic attempt at discretion, Ragnarock finds out immediately and is not happy. Meanwhile, Luther engages in dog philosophy that is mostly pun based, and thus Sam skips it almost entirely. Meanwhile, Calliope sets George up to outwit a crazed physics student with a supposed bomb, and after George defuses the situation with wind and a cowboy hat, Calliope vanishes leaving George bereft. Miserable, George goes out into the snow and almost freezes to death before being rescued by a premonition-having Aurora Borealis Smith. At the hospital, Aurora Borealis Smith confesses her love to George, and they head back to Wisconsin, with Luther, to enjoy the holiday. Meanwhile, the evil from the Boneyard has been released in the form of Rasferret the Grub, a gross creature that kills for no apparent reason. On New Year’s, Rasferret decides to try out killing again by animating the sex doll from Tolkien house and having it just wreck Preacher, killing him instantly. Jinsei, however, manages to escape with the capricious intervention of Mr. Sunshine. Still in Wisconsin, George and Aurora Borealis Smith enjoy their time, but the specter of Old Moses appears to Luther, telling him he must, again, set off on foot to Cornell for reasons that are not in the least bit apparent. Part three wraps up with the Ides of March looming closer, but if this summary makes no sense to you, don’t worry, it makes even less sense once fully explained.


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