Friday, January 29, 2021

Short Stories I Read In December

It’s the twenty-ninth of January already. So it’s time to talk about the short stories, miscellaneous posts, and podcast episodes I read or listened to in December. 

Renovation of a Finite Apartment by Tobby Macnutt (Strange Horizons; Issue: 7 December 2020) **Note: there is a podcast version of this story as well** 

I read one short story in December, and it was Renovation of a Finite Apartment. This was a great story that was as much about assimilation and imposed limitations as it was about spaces. Much of Renovation of a Finite Apartment is as its title suggests, and I liked the gradual way the décor was introduced—first as being fine, then dark walls to represent nothingness, and then that it leaned into more colorful and organic theming with plants and creative flourishes. There was some subtle messaging of what a space could tell about a person—decoration or the process of decorating a space can be a very personal endeavor. Since the focus of Renovation of a Finite Apartment was the narrator, the décor acted almost as a physical medium that at time told a lot about the narrator’s state of mind and wants. All-in-all, this was a great story.

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