Blogmas 2017: Short Story Advent Calendar Day 2

Day two and Blogmas is still running relatively smoothly.

Though for the sake of full disclosure, I have the woman version of a man cold, i.e. a cold, so I may or may not be able to keep up the blogging momentum.

All complaining aside, shall we get on with the review for short story number two?

Day 2: 

Forty-Third C Platoon by C.P. Boyko 

Print Length: 20 pages

The Review

Normally I am a big fan of wartime historical fiction, but I got to tell you my expectations for the advent calendar had more of a cheery vibe.

Don’t get me wrong, there were certain elements, like how the reader follows a mainly female platoon around a war torn countryside, that I liked about the short story. Alas I just have more bad than good on this one.

Firstly, I really didn’t like the conversation structure of the piece. It was very hard to follow what person was saying what thing, and even when my brain finally caught on it was nothing but repetition.

I also disliked how the second last ‘chapter break’ focused on a male character rather than a female. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against male protagonists, it’s just Boyko focused on a myriad of strong female characters only to close the story with someone I held no attachment to.

Also, and this may have just been my own misunderstanding, but I was never quite certain on the location of the story. Was it meant to be ambiguous, or is it actually set during a specific historic period? If anyone can answer this, please let me know!

Hopefully my thoughts and opinions on Day 3 will be better.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. 

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Purchase Links for Short Story Advent Calendar

Hingston and Olsen 



  1. midnightamythest

    Today’s story was an insight into war. Some of their daily goings on, some horrific experiences, all surrounding a mainly female battalion. 
    I will agree with Sara that the conversation style was a bit hard to follow, I had issues with names as well and had to go back and see what characters were being used again later in the story. 
    I didn’t mind the use of the male voice at the end, because he was trying to earn the girls respect though it ultimately lead to his failing them. It showed that males don’t always make the right decisions.
    I will also agree that the location/time of this piece was uncertain. I automatically was thinking some sort of Slavic-origin for the battalion because of the names used, but I don’t know if I’m even close with that.
    It was okay, but too hard to follow.
    2 stars as well.


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