Short Stories

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!

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  1. Martha · 16 Days Ago

    I really love There Will Come Soft Rains because it does expect something of us, as readers. For me, some of the best stories are ones where everything isn’t crystal clear, but, rather, I have to determine what’s going on. In post-apocalyptic stories, I find this particularly effective because it forces us to ask if it really matters what happened to end civilization? In the end, is what matters, how everything/everyone that is left behind responds to the end of civilization?

    • admin · 15 Days Ago

      Martha,

      Your comment has made me rethink my original post…I really love that you made me question what really matters when reading a post-apocalyptic story, and will ask the same questions you have asked me when I read another reading that is about the apocalypse! Thanks for the comment!

  2. Samara Wong · 15 Days Ago

    I read “There Will Come Soft Rains” as well. I found it different that there were no human characters, but I thought that made it more interesting! A world without humans would seem strange (since that is all we have known), but I wonder how different everything would be if there were only animals and plants.

    • admin · 15 Days Ago

      Samara,

      You’re right! It is interesting now that I think about it. However, the reading didn’t suck me in as much as I believe it could have…but I definitely think the idea of no humans on Earth is something to really think about. Thanks for your comment!