Thursday, February 12, 2015

After the Apocalypse: Stories

After the Apocalypse: Stories, by Maureen F. McHugh is an uneven collection, with some excellent, stand out stories, and others that fall flat.  Despite this, the collection is interesting, and even with the uneven terrain, I continued to read.

For the stories that work, McHugh provides excellent balance.  She nods to the demands of the genre of post-apocalyptic literature, but does not sacrifice her stories on its altar.  In other words, the stories carry the day; the characters, their conflicts, dreams, reflections, are the real meat of the stories and collection, not the doomsday scenarios.

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