Assignment: Short Story readings

I read two short stories this week. The first story I wrote is called “There will come soft rains” by Roy Bradbury.  I enjoyed this short story for multiple reasons. At first, I thought that it was really long and boring, but I quickly got super into it and couldn’t stop reading. I thought it was really innovative how the short story is in paragraphs by time. The story starts at 7am on August 4th 2027, and finishes in the morning of August 5th, 2027. The story has a sort of eerie feeling to it- in a way where you can’t stop reading because it creeps you out. I’m not sure if that’s the best way to explain it, but I couldn’t stop reading because I was so creeped out. As I was reading the story, it felt as if I was “watching” a vlog, but it was actually in story form. This was cool to me because I spend a lot of time watching my favorite YouTuber’s vlogs, and this short story felt like it was just another YouTube video only in writing. In addition, I also loved how much imagery was in the story. Everything had a specific meaning behind it and it felt sort of poetic. I thought that was really interesting. Sometimes there was so much description that it kind of bored me, however I think it worked well and truly caught my attention as a reader.



The second short story I read is called “Finis” by Frank L. Pollack. I really didn’t like this short story as much as I enjoyed the first one because I felt a bit bored reading it. I didn’t feel a connection to the characters, and since it was a short story there wasn’t much background- it just jumped to the character which can work sometimes, but for me personally I didn’t really like that sort of structure. It also felt just SO dragged on. For example, I didn’t like how it wasn’t in a paragraph form. The editing of the short story was annoying- it felt like it was never going to end. I wish it was broken up in paragraphs because I like when it is clear. The story just felt dragged on and on and I didn’t really enjoy the storyline to be honest. There was too much of the characters talking to each other and I wish it was more of a storyline- I wish I wasn’t reading what characters were saying, like I wish I felt like I was reading more of a storyline. Besides that, the story just dragged on, I didn’t connect with the characters, and I felt like it was just kind of dull. I really enjoyed the first short story I read compared to this.


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