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!
The Game of Smash and Recovery by Kelly Link
First Appeared: Strange Horizons (2015)
Print Length: 20 pages
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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