The Weather

Good Books The Weather published In the middle of a barren wasteland a small town goes through the motions as if nothing s changed Lolly has school a part time job a senile grandmother that ne

Good Books The Weather published 2020 In the middle of a barren wasteland, a small town goes through the motions as if nothing s changed Lolly has school, a part time job, a senile grandmother that needs looking after But everything has changed, and Lolly s always one storm away from facing that.. Bestseller Kindle The Weather Lolly doesn’t feel anxious, for herself or her mother or the storm. She knows staying home will give her a stomachache, because she’ll sit around smelling Granny Ma’s rotting flesh and rotting ointment and the house will creak and squeak with every breath of air. But when her mother’s face and shoulders are covered in smears of burn cream that haven’t been rubbed in properly, Lolly knows she’ll cave to the smallest request, because her mother doesn’t even take the time to check and see if the cream’s rubbed in, and Lolly won’t bother to tell her it isn’t.this tor short was a bit disappointing to me. i'm generally a fan of unusual apocalypse/winding-down stories, especially when they're set in impoverished smalltown locales. this story had a promising start, with a girl named lolly who lives in one of these impoverished smalltown locales with her mother and her unwell granny ma where they are awaiting the arrival of a storm while others in their already-dwindling town are choosing to flee instead. the nature of the storm is unspecified, but tension is built up around its previous appearances, where details and consequences are hinted at in a pretty satisfyingly teasing manner, the grandmother's physical and mental symptoms are described in an equally teasing and vague manner, and there are flashes of tech-allusions familiar to readers but less so for our lolly, who interprets her granny ma's mumblings about "followers" and "rebooting" as madness: It’s normal, nonsensical Granny Ma talk and Lolly pays it no mind.the problem is, teasing is only fun for a while. eventually you want more than just vague hints, and this story never delivers the goods on that.which fact is made even more frustrating by the sheer amount of detail we are given in utterly inconsequential matters:He puts a candy bar on the counter and Lolly waves it under the bar-code scanner once, twice, staring blindly at the image of milk chocolate pieces with white chocolate centers. A streak of fluorescent light catches across the metallic candy wrapper, cutting the chocolate image in half and blurring the bar’s name.i would love some of that detail brought to, say, the larger themes of the story, not just this one candy bar.it's a shame, because there's some good writing here; good descriptions and mood-setting atmosphere, but it just didn't cohere into a proper story for me. i need more than just a few scattered anecdotes from questionable sources mythologizing the town's history within the context of the larger broken-down world. i need cause/effect/words/an ending way more than i need painstaking description of the bitchy lady betrothed to lolly's convenience store-owner boss who doesn't like lolly because she tried to charge her for her purchases at the store that one time. maybe this was an authorial choice, to focus so tightly on the quotidian instead of the fantasy elements, but it didn't work for me. every time there was something interesting, she backed off from it to focus on more wacky granny ma utterances, which became tedious: Granny Ma is muttering something either vulgar or about a poodle.there's a solid kernel here; it just got covered over in meh.as it is, it's probably a 2.5 for me.read it for yourself here: http://www.tor.com/2016/03/23/the-wea...

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  1. Lolly doesn t feel anxious, for herself or her mother or the storm She knows staying home will give her a stomachache, because she ll sit around smelling Granny Ma s rotting flesh and rotting ointment and the house will creak and squeak with every breath of air But when her mother s face and shoulders are covered in smears of burn cream that haven t been rubbed in properly, Lolly knows she ll cave to the smallest request, because her mother doesn t even take the time to check and see if the crea [...]


  2. you can find this short story for free here tor 2016 03 23 the wea not sure what to make of this one it was interesting but I m not sure what the point of it was I did like how Granny Ma was an old senile woman who kept talking about posting and reblogging and how many followers she lost that day lmao it s kinda crazy how one day when this generation gets super old and senile, there will be lots of old people talking about that kind of stuff and all the grandkids will probably think they re nuts [...]


  3. This felt less like a short story, than the blocking for a longer book It had an interesting twist on the post apocalyptic genre There was a delightful contradiction between the mundane aspects of the girls life and the preparation for the the storm I really feel there is a great story buried in these pages, but it is just not there yet.


  4. If I were to rate this short on pure enjoyment I would give it 4 stars It had elements I really love in a story, but with some consideration it s faults hold it back and in the end I just wanted detail.





  5. That was deeply disturbing and sad, the way all zombie stories are spoiler alert, the incoming storm is actually a rambling zombie hoard It s clear pretty early on that the story s world is some sort of post apocalyptic setting, but it wasn t until the very last scene that I understood how There was no indication until then that the weather referenced and fretted over was anything but some kind of actual weather Admittedly, I assumed it was some sort of unnatural weather I spent most of the stor [...]


  6. This felt kind of like how Jericho was trying to be Small town, apocalypse, making do while still retaining those small town concerns regarding gossip view spoiler Now just add zombies Maybe The Walking Dead would be a apt comparison hide spoiler Anyways, I liked it And I liked it for not reading spoilery reviews ahead of time.Read it for free here.


  7. the entire story felt unfinished so many details that didn t lead anywherefelt like I was reading the premise of a much longer storymany inconsistencieslike Lolly and her mother board up the windows for the storm, but eventually end up crawling to the roof with the storm underneath them, but if they are on the roof wouldn t they be IN the storm


  8. This incredibly short story, has many interesting, yet just sketched out ideas It also has a nice narrative voice and interesting characters Unfortunately it reads as an incomplete draft, as a set of notes for something that could turn into a good story I can tell that the author is definitely very talented, and I am eager to read of her, but this story needs some work.


  9. A short story about the future where zombies exist and ordinary dread is just an everyday thing Works well as a short vignette, but doesn t offer much new on a very saturated topic Might be interesting to see an expansion of the story if the social media commentary actually ties into the overall narrative.






  10. This is like a little snapshot of an interesting world, but it ended just when things really started I did enjoy the flip of social media obsessed grandma and completely tech illiterate teenager.



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