Blogmas 2017: Short Story Advent Calendar Day 5

Good morning blogging friends!

Today is day five of Blogmas and to celebrate I’m going to treat myself to a tea, two new books from the bookstore, and the cheddar cheese of christmas romantic comedies, the Netflix original, A Christmas Prince.

So if you’re interested to see what the Advent Calendar had up its sleeve for day five then keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

DAY 5: 

Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado

First Appeared: HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects (June 30, 2014)

Print Length: 15 pages

The Review

This story was just all sorts of creative, imaginative, and experimental.

Machado made the plot of her story really captivating. It follows Ursula as she tries to crowdfund enough money to go and retrieve here sister, Olive, from the land of the dead to tell her about their parents recent passing. While I couldn’t relate to Ursula’s strained relationship with her sister, given that my sister and I are incredibly close even though she abandoned me for jolly ol’ England, but I digress, I could relate to her doing absolutely anything to make sure her sister was okay.

Ursula, not reaching her crowdfunding goal, decides to put the bus ticket to Bethlehem, various ingredients to perform the crossing ritual, the one-time fee for crossing, and the cheapest bottle of whisky she could find on her credit card in order to retrieve her sister at the earliest convenience.

The true heartbreak of the piece comes when Ursula finds Olive, only for something to be revealed keeping them apart. To me, it was quite astounding that Machado could pack such emotion and attachment into 15 short pages. Just this little taste was enough to make me want to pick up HELP ME FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects, in hopes of finding other gems such as this one.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. 

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Purchase Links for Short Story Advent Calendar

Hingston and Olsen 


One Comment

  1. midnightamythest

    I felt the same way, I liked the style in which is was written to convey the story. Though I will admit I somehow skipped over the first mention of Ursula’s name so I had thought it was a brother talking about his little sister, until the mention of Maid of Honour.
    It didn’t take me away from the story at all after realizing this, which was good. The ending wasn’t as much of a surprise as I would have hoped but the way it was conveyed was enjoyable.
    4.5 stars.


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