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After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh
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Dec 07, 2011

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Read from December 02 to 07, 2011

I wanted to like this book and in fact I did. Until a point. You see the first 3 short stories are clearly written, interesting takes on apocalyptic situations, where you feel for the people. The next 4 or so have no link to the apocalypse. They felt like stories that are jammed in with similar humanistic ruminations, but in fact have nothing to do with the end of the world. Filler so to speak. They are just as touching when it comes to humanism, but didn't seem to fit in this book. I also found the middle stories a bit long winded. The final story, with the same title of the book, gets back to the interesting post apocalyptic situation and was quite interesting.

Overall a good read, but not a great collection. When reading collections of short stories they should either carry a theme, or be the best work of the author. This was neither.
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