Happy Winter Solstice Blogmas friends!

Today’s addition to the Advent Calendar is aptly named ‘The First day of Winter’ which gives me a glimmer of hope that we may be getting a short story that celebrates the season.

So, without further adieu, keep on reading for my thoughts and opinions on day twenty-one.

DAY 21: 

The First Day of Winter by Rebecca Rosenblum

First Appeared: Strange Horizons (2015)

Print Length: 10 pages

The Review

I must admit, I did rather enjoy reading The First Day of Winter.

The short story follows a father, Joe, and his daughter, Colleen, as they finish up some last minute Christmas shopping. When both begin to get more than a little hangry, the decide to head into a hipster burger place in order to grab some grub.

I must admit, while I don’t think I’m nearly as bratty, I found a lot of my personality in Colleen. Specifically, when Joe and Colleen are standing on the platform and she makes a quip about how not having lunch before shopping was her own fault, and that her dad could say he told her so at her funeral after she died of starvation. So dramatic and so like me. I also appreciated the father/daughter relationship Rosenblum created between Joe and Colleen. No relationship is perfect and because Rosenblum didn’t portray her characters relationship as such it made it that much more believable.

I also found the ending to Rosenblum’s The First Day of Winter to be strangely appropriate. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have been apposed to reading that Colleen saw how special her father was trying to make the holiday’s and actually showed a sliver of appreciation. But to have her set off a Christmas cracker on the streetcar did bring a smile to my face.

The only aspect of the story that made me not rate it higher was the very strange and rather creepy love subplot for Joe. I would have been perfectly content if Roseblum chose to represent a typical father/daughter relationship and leave it at that, but due to the romantic inclusion, it lessened the story for me in a way that I wasn’t expecting.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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One Comment

  1. midnightamythest

    I totally agree! The father/daughter relationship was very genuine and Joe’s wanting to make a special holiday feeling for the two of them was sweet. It was one of those stories describing how sometimes you can feel like maybe you are wasting your money at Christmas time, but it’s when you see the reactions of the people you buy things for that make it all worth while.
    I will agree that the love sub-plot was kinda creepy, because the daughter is 11 and the love-interest is described as 20ish…. not good maths going on there. Def’s not needed in the story, and not sure why it was included.
    From some of these stories, I do keep getting the feeling of wanting to know what happens next; I’m not satisfied with just a few pages. I wanted to watch Colleen help Joe decorate with the random stuff he bought, or maybe he does invite ‘their’ friends over and she actually has fun with the other kids. Something like that. Just makes it feel slightly unfinished to me, but mostly not in a bad way.
    3 stars.


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