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
He’d seen awful things too. A man sliced in half by a flying glass pane, his entrails worming from his stomach. Craig’s broken skull. The good things had to be held in the mind, and remembered, and celebrated. That was why he had to get the pages for Helene and why they would have a nice Christmas.
BING BONG, BING BONG! the first of the december short story advent calendar stories to be christmas-themed. sort of. it takes place in a ruined world, made of cold and extreme wind, survivors and tinned food, where nearly all of the animals are dead and nearly all of the books have been ruined. no, thank you, says me, but the narrator is a man with a much stiffer upper lip than mine, and a pregnant woman under his care. out he ventures into the raging winds, risking his life to get her a very special christmas present, making every black friday nightmare story you’ve heard seem like child’s play.
a lovely and very harrowing christmas miracle tale.
merry, merry, booknerds!
read it for yourself here: