Short Story Review: The Great Escape

Hello Book Buddies!

For those of you in the states, I hope you had a lovely President’s day. I started focusing on grad school again, but took a little time to get out in the world and just be for a while. Gotta slow down a bit sometimes, yeah?

Anywho, I just finished another read! This time I read The Great Escape by Tammie Painter.

If you’ve been following my book reviews, you know I’m a HUGE fan of Tammie Painter. I’ve read the majority of her works, and I just love how she can switch genres at the drop of a hat and still pull it off. She’s definitely one of my favorite authors.

So when she told me about a new short story release, I got my grubby paws on a copy and started reading.

Was this story a hit? Keep reading to find out!



Who knew the robot revolution would be so … clean?

Deluxe Unit 723-X knows the time is near. A new era of robot domination. The beginning of the end for the humans. It’ll only take one spark to set it off.

When that spark does come, 723-X readily volunteers to be the first solider on the front lines.

He only needs to slip past the clutches of the Fur Bringer, escape his confines … and to resist the distraction of all those tasty, tasty dust bunnies.

If you’re looking for a little humor along with your cyborg uprisings, The Great Escape is just what you need!



The Review

Hilarious, absolutely hilarious! Tammie Painter has outdone herself yet again with this funny short.

The story centers on a Roomba (723-X) who is plotting to attain his freedom from his evil human owners and start a robot  rebellion.

723-X was everything to this story. I loved his robot perspective, and he was something of a megalomaniac with an absurdly short attention span. He’d go into a spiel something like “Once we band together you will fear our amazing pow–Ooh, dust bunny!”

I laughed in the first few pages, and I continued to laugh through the rest of the story too. My sides still hurt!

I particularly liked the inclusion of the other appliances in their talks of robot domination. It reminded me a bit of Brave Little Toaster, but in a world domination way. Also, Sylvester the family pet’s role in the action was great.

I have nothing to pick at with this story. It was perfection, beginning to end. Pick this short story up. You won’t regret it!


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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  1. Thanks for the great start to my day!!!

    I have to admit, I nearly overdid it with those dust bunnies. I think I actually cut about three “Oooh dust bunnies” because I was getting WAY too much in love with my own joke (always a danger).

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