Good evening Blogmas friends!

With only nine days left until Christmas, the shopping season, as well as the Short Story Advent Calendar are winding down (thank god).

Ready to see what day sixteen had in store? Keep on reading for my thoughts and opinions.

DAY 16: 

Tremendous Machine by Salvatore Scibona

First Appeared: Harper’s (September 2015)

Print Length: 27 pages

The Review

Okay, now I’m just getting annoyed with the Advent Calendar. So much so in fact that I almost DNF’d this particular story.

I understand not having an Advent Calendar with all Christmas Stories, and that variety is good, but sixteen days in and most of these stories, Tremendous Machine included, are leaving a very sour taste in my mouth for this particular product.

Tremendous Machine follows the story of Fjóla Neergaard as she purchases a piano to fill the void in her less than meaningful life.

I had trouble reading this story. I almost stopped on page two. Besides the piano teacher, Mrs. Kloc, I did not like a single character in this story. None of them listened to each other, whether they were good or bad, and it just left me wanting to put this story down and wait until tomorrow.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars. 

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Purchase Links for Short Story Advent Calendar

Hingston and Olsen 



  1. midnightamythest

    I’m with you on this one. I had a hard time following some of the conversations between characters, especially the one between her and her parents. I did not understand the ending of the story at all, it did not make any sense as a conclusion to what had been happening previous. And yes, the characters were not interesting and were not relatable at all.


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