Today, I read two short stories. The first short story I read was, There will come soft rains by Ray Bradbury. This story was interesting to say the least. I don’t usually read stories that are based in the future, so that was different than what I am used to. I was drawn in by the way the story was written. It flowed well and that is what initially kept me reading. However, I don’t feel like there was much explained within the story. Sure, I get that the house described was futuristic and run by robots/electronics. However, where was everyone? What caused the house to set fire? These were just a couple of the questions running through my mind as I was reading. I didn’t like that there were no real characters, developed setting, plot, etc. I felt like the plot of the story was up in the air and up for interpretation by readers.
The next short story I read was, Tupac Shaker and the End of the World, by Sandra McDonald. Unlike the first story I read, I loved this story from beginning to end. I have no complaints about how it was written. The plot, characters, and setting were all very developed and easy to follow. While I was reading, I felt as if I was right there with Chris, Susan, Lamar, Tina, and Jack. I wanted to know how their experience in a post-apocalyptic world was going to end. The ending of the story was the happy ending most readers may have expected, and that was what I found most interesting about this short story. The narrator/main character, Susan, dies and the place she dies is significant to her life, which I thought was a great decision on the author’s part. Readers, for a split second, think Susan is rescued but soon find out that she was only envisioning being rescued in the final moments before her untimely death. Overall, I loved this short story and wish it wasn’t just a short story, but a full blown novel!