Good morning blogging friends and welcome back to Blogmas here on The Paperback Pilgrim.

I hope you are all having a fabulous Friday morning and that your plans for the weekend are all set in stone. If everything works out for me I hope to continue to get my Blogmas posts up in a timely fashion, and if I am really lucky, finish my just dropped off copy of Ever the Brave.

What did I think of the Short Story Advent Calendar’s serving for day eight? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

DAY 8: 

The Copy Chief by Jim Gavin

First Appeared: Zoetrope: All Story (Summer 2014)

Print Length: 28 pages

The Review

This story had all the necessary components that make up a short story. Catchy opening paragraph? Check. Setting and context that make the plot enjoyable? Check. Developed characters that go through conflict, crisis, and resolution? Check. And yet to me it was just a middle of the road type of short story.

The Copy Chief follows the story of Eddie, a gas station worker turned agate clerk managing the ups and downs of working for a mid-sized daily in Western Los Angeles. Eddie as a character was likeable, save for his brief tryst with Jane, and his unwavering faithfulness to Gus Pereira was amusing to read about. Gus was hysterically funny. From his quoting of Orwell to the image of his old beige touch-tone phone he was the perfect mix of quirky to Eddie’s more conventional demeanour.

I guess the only reason I can pinpoint for my apathetic attitude towards The Copy Chief probably lies in the crisis of the newspaper being sold. As soon as that was brought into the story I knew something was going to happen to make Eddie the copy chief. After setting it up for 26 pages it was revealed that Eddie only held the copy chief position for two weeks, which kind of made the entire piece moot in my opinion as I thought the resolution would see Eddie going from gas pump attendant to copy editor, and instead it ended with Eddie going back to the beginning.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

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Purchase Links for Short Story Advent Calendar

Hingston and Olsen 


One Comment

  1. midnightamythest

    This piece was definitely entertaining. The characters were great and the story flowed nicely.
    I will agree that Eddie’s relationship with Jane wasn’t necessary at all, and that Gus was the best part of the stories.
    I did wonder about why they didn’t end the story with Eddie being the copy chief, but I think maybe it’s because he wasn’t meant to be the focal point of the story? Maybe the title should have been ‘Eddie and the copy chief’, to show that it was Gus who was the main point. He was the one who helped Eddie change into the person he is at the end of the story. And it’s Gus who makes him go back to the gas station where Eddie realizes that just like himself, the old gas station of the past was now something new and shiny.
    3.5 stars.


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