Four more sleeps until Christmas Blogmas friends.

I hope you’re all prepared for the holiday season, whether that be with presents or with putting aside time to spend with family and friends.

After a long day I make sure to put aside some time for a quick read, whether that be from the Short Story Advent Calendar or two or three chapters of my current book.

Did the day twenty’s short story relax me? Keep on reading to find out!

DAY 20: 

The Game of Smash and Recovery by Kelly Link

First Appeared: Strange Horizons (2015)

Print Length: 20 pages

The Review

I have no shame in admitting that I skimmed probably 75% of this short story.

From what I gathered, The Game of Smash and Recovery follows the story of Anat and Oscar while they go about their daily lives on Home.

I didn’t particularly like the writing style of this story, which could have lead to the skimming. I also didn’t quite grasp the world in which Link was trying to established. Did the story take place on a spacecraft? Was it an example of a post apocalyptic society? I have no clue.

Also, I did not find myself invested in the characters what so ever. Anat was almost too naive, to the point where I didn’t find the twist engaging at all. Oscar was just down what weird. And the absentee parents made no sense, at least to me.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars.

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Purchase Links for Short Story Advent Calendar

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One Comment

  1. midnightamythest

    Awe, and here I felt that it was one of the best ones yet. I enjoyed the sci-fi (robots) mixed with fantasy (vampires-though not completely traditional vampires).
    I liked the initial mystery of why Anat was left with her brother Oscar, alone on this strange planet. It was slightly hard to pick out exactly what the setting was, but it sounded like they were on some abandoned planet, with creepyish robot Handmaidens, and for some reason Vampires, and possibly had some form of transportation up to its two moons, unless I read that wrong? For her innocence I imagined Anat to be somewhere around 8 years old or so (can’t remember if it ever referenced an age). I’m not sure what the point of the game Smash and Recovery was for, besides the turning point of the story.
    I did like the twist, it helped (partially) to make sense of the situation they were left in. And though I was upset over what happened to Oscar, the ending was cute enough to (sorta) make up for it. I was happy that the story had a clear arc to it, though maybe not a moral? And was definitely a more engaging read than most of the other stories thus far.
    4 stars.


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