Short Story Readings!

For the two that I chose out of the list were:

  • Finis by Frank L. Pollack
  • There will come soft rains by Ray Bradbury

Did you enjoy them? Why or why not?

From Pollack’s story he included a lot detail creating an image in your head. One thing I did not like was he threw you in the middle of the story, which made me a little confused and used some names of characters which I believed some were not very relevant. Bradbury too does a great job in using detail to input an image to the reader’s mind. The use of time is nice, but sometimes it was a little too much. Overall, I liked it because it created the sensation that time is running down and the world is coming to a close.

What worked well in the stories and what didn’t?

What worked for Pollack was the amount of detail and dialogue that built up to the ending was just right. However, where he went wrong was the lack of character build up. The use of time from Bradbury was a great touch and I rarely see that in stories.

How did the author try to draw you in?

Pollack drew me in by throwing you into the middle of the story instead of creating a strong hook. Leaving you in a shroud of mystery keeping you wondering what the story is going to be about. Bradbury’s attempt to hook you into the story is to make you imagine waking up as the main character, the house. Which creates a different emotion, rather than reading about the main character from a third person perspective.

Developed characters?

Pollack did not develop the characters that well, because he threw you into the middle of the story he just said their names which were not important. Bradbury’s way of developing the character is placing you as the main character, thus making you already developed.

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