Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Short Stories I Read In August...

It’s the twenty-ninth of September. So it’s time to talk about the short stories, miscellaneous posts, and podcast episodes I read or listened to in August.

Survival, After by Nicole J. LeBoeuf (Apex Magazine, August 3, 2021)

Survival, After was an apocalyptic and surreal narrative about a person trying to survive a strange and limited but seemingly world-ending event. This is a fantasy story, so the speculative elements are strong with this one. It was written in second person, and I liked it; although, I recommend checking out the content warnings before giving this one a read.

What Cacti Read by Mary Soon Lee (Strange Horizons; Issue; 26 July 2021)

I rarely read poetry, but the title of Mary Soon Lee’s poem, What Cacti Read, got my attention. It was short, but I really loved this one. It reminded me of the style of poetry from A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (think Homework Machine). 

Cocoon by H. Pueyo (Strange Horizons; Issue: 2 August 2021)

Everything I read over on Strange Horizon’s in August has been really good. From Mary Soon Lee’s What Cacti Read, and now to H. Pueyo’s Cocoon, it’s all been great. I liked this story a lot. It was about eventual loss while also exploring the associated guilt of the “what ifs,” which couldn’t be changed. It was a really lovely read that had a tone of sadness and trepidation.

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  1. Survival sounds good. I'm always a sucker for post apoc type stories.

    1. It's been a while since I've read a post apocalyptic story, which is one of the reasons why I read Survival, After. Thanks for stopping by! :-)


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