Title: Salvaging Claus Day (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: J. Alan Veerkamp
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Holiday M/M
Page Count: 34
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
For three years, Filo has reveled in silence and solitude as the sole occupant of a space station, where he maintains the communication satellite.
Everything changes with the appearance of Luz Espina’s lifepod. Filo shares many interests with the flirtatious Luz, though Filo’s isolation has strained his communication skills. Still, Luz pushes all his buttons… and reminds him of the last man he was attracted to—an attraction that ended in disaster because the man was straight. When Luz learns Filo has never celebrated a holiday, he vows to cobble together a Claus Day celebration for them to share. But is it merely a friendly gesture… or something more?
A Christmas sci-fi, I’d thought I’d try it. Unfortunately this was quite boring.
The first 30% of this short consists only of descriptions of how Filo fixes something on the outside of the space station. After that he goes inside where apparently Luz is. The guy who got stranded at the one man space station when he had to take a lifepod and ended up at the station Filo is at. Now it’s just the two of them until a ship arrives…
I never felt the connection between these guys and was bored out of my mind with.. well.. everything to be honest. Filo was one of the most quiet characters I’ve ever read and I can’t say I liked him all that much.