BLOGMAS 2017: SHORT STORY ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 3

Day 3 of Blogmas and I’m still going strong.

By strong I mean I am in my pyjamas with a tea and cough candies pretending I am the most healthy I have ever been.

But I digress, you’re really only hear to read my review for short story number three, so without further adieu let’s get into it, shall we?

DAY 3: 

Lady With Invisible Dog by Christopher Boucher 

First Appeared: Columbia Journal (July 11, 2011)

Print Length: 21 pages

The Review

Okay, I’ve decided that I am going to ditch my notion that all of these short stories are somehow going to be holiday themed. I feel that’s going to change the way I feel about most of these stories.

The Lady with Invisible Dog was a great foray into the genre of magical realism. I also must admit I am a sucker for stories about stories and Boucher hit the nail on the head with this one.

I enjoyed learning about the different books Edwin was publishing at Tomorrow Books. I also have to admit that I would totally be tempted into buying a Superbook, only to realize I have nowhere to store a nine foot wide and fifteen foot tall book, though one can dream.

While the Narrator’s reasoning for hating on Edwin was trivial at best, I did appreciate Boucher’s way for ending the relationship between him and Edwin. Though Edwin didn’t have the ending he wanted, The Narrator gave him something bette by giving him the gift of optimism. Boucher, it seems, is commenting on life by saying just because what you want to see happen doesn’t come into fruition it doesn’t mean everything won’t work itself out in the end.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

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Purchase Links for Short Story Advent Calendar

Hingston and Olsen 

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3 Comments

  1. midnightamythest

    Loved it!
    Such a unique sounding world to live in, books made of all sorts of things but don’t have words, people and animals that turn invisible over time, the NDA (Northampton Department of Apologies) for making formal apologies, people who are Narrators!
    This book had lots of fun stuff in it that made me think about how you should always try to see situations from others perspectives, to see what is important to the other person. That way you don’t get misunderstandings and don’t forget to take proper care of things that aren’t yours.
    This story had a bit of an unexpected ending but at least it was an uplifting one.
    5 stars!

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