WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!
this explanation/intro will be posted before each day’s short story. scroll down to get to the story-review.
this is the FOURTH year of me doing a short story advent calendar as my december project. for those of you new to me or this endeavor, here’s the skinny: every day in december, i will be reading a short story that is 1) available free somewhere on internet, and 2) listed on goodreads as its own discrete entity. there will be links provided for those of you who like to read (or listen to) short stories for free, and also for those of you who have wildly overestimated how many books you can read in a year and are freaking out about not meeting your 2019 reading-challenge goals. i have been gathering links all year when tasty little tales have popped into my feed, but i will also accept additional suggestions, as long as they meet my aforementioned 1), 2) standards.
if you scroll to the end of the reviews linked here, you will find links to all the previous years’ stories, which means NINETY-THREE FREEBIES FOR YOU!
reviews of these will vary in length/quality depending on my available time/brain power.
so, let’s begin
Have learned mice been around forever? Did they awaken humans at some time in the distant past? Are they the secret governors of us all, operating independently of the Imperium, probably controlling it?
These really aren’t the kinds of questions you ask if you want to be taken seriously. They certainly aren’t the kinds of questions you ask if you want to stay a police officer.
three-and-a-half, with room to grow if this ever becomes a larger work. i like the characters and the world very much. i was obviously drawn to this story in particular by that ‘cover’ and the synopsis:
A dog detective is hired by a female human to investigate a murder that she committed. But of course, all is not as it seems.
all of which translates into “gimmie gimmie gimmie!” in my mind.
the execution wasn’t as toight as i’d hoped—i remain question-filled, but i enjoyed the story enough to want to read more in this setting and discover the answers to my myriad questions.
now i gotta go grind my body into dust to make sure some rich people have a great holiday and maybe next year i will have a job that allows me to afford a christmas of my very own, hooray!
read it for yourself here: