Summary Of Several Brief Stories

. Teenager sniper is an interesting technology fiction. Unlike most sci-fi's it generally does not incorporate really unusual concepts, other than a robot that truly has feelings. Instead, the author portrays a frigid and hard population where everyone is desensitized to the violence that has become the norm. There is a sense that delight may be achieved. However, one must look beyond what they have been resulted in believe, rely upon their intuition and believe in the thoughts of empathy, beauty, love and the presence of good amongst a repressed society. It telephone calls us to issue our views and appearance beyond what our very own society could have us believe. The writer even uses name brands to be able to emphasize the idea: Team Adidas, HP, BMW, IKEA etc; are big companies that maintain our capital and therefore control us by telling us that it is things that will make us happy. Then Blackbird is created to Seema - and the frosty hard facts of society no longer seem sensible. The first signal that his defences are going down is when he uses his real name: Tim. Seema symbolizes enthusiasm and empathy; she unveils what is wrong with the machine - and its own injustices. Seema troubles the myths of population and reveals the beauty of real truth.

Teen Sniper is an interesting story where in fact the character is totally developed; yet, we discover an insecure uncomfortable teenage boy. It doesn't rest well that a teen is a sniper - why isn't he in institution and just why are weapons just the average everyday attire? How come violence cared for with such casualness? I believe the author will a good job of describing both the character and his role. The language and facts encompassing the terminology and physics of weapons and arsenal is believable; however, the storyplot abruptly changes with the launch of Seema. The storyline will go from action and sci-fi to a love storyline? It really is a bizarre twist that is actually hard to follow. The main point is well put: there is certainly too much assault in our culture, it is used too lightly - and this is the kind of society we can get if a change isn't made. Also, big businesses do have a whole lot of ability and control over our modern culture by revealing to us what we need. In reality, what we do need is to make contact with being ok with what we've and realizing the entire importance of relationship. However, although the author does make a spot, it is hard to understand or follow because the author doesn't tie both different tale lines aren't tied together perfectly. It really is almost as if, rather than being a short account with a beginning, middle and end, it seems as though two chapters were taken out of a short novel, come up with and was known as a short report. Maybe if the storyline ended the way it began, the teen over a sniper job and walking away from it, or realizing Seema as the individual he's to kill, knowing that there is absolutely no just reason and choosing to save lots of her, might be a much better ending - the one which will fit with the theme right from the start.

Tapka was a simple read. It got a whole lot of good information and gave a common sense of the actual narrator, as a Russian immigrant, must be experiencing and sense. I appreciated the dynamics between your mom and the Nahumovskys. Also, I feel that by using a dog to symbolize Russia and everything that they cherished about Russia was perceptive. It had been a way to know the Mother's desire to fully immerse herself with the new land, terms and culture, and therefore her total distaste for the dog. It also allows us to understand the Nahumovskys' acceptance of a new land and a fresh terminology, but their enduring tenderness towards the land they once called home. On another level, the dog also symbolizes innocence and the fatality of innocence. In this case, the dog provides children unconditional love, and their childish innocence allows them to totally love Tapka in return. However, the loss of their innocence results with them betraying the Tapka's love and spilling her innocent blood. Once again, the writer unveils strong symbolism for the innocence for the love of Russia as well as for the increased loss of innocence and the pain that the new country, a harsh country, produces.

Although I liked the symbolism in the story, I did so think it was too predictable. Also, I thought the intro, though useful, was slow too much time and I was just a little bored and placed questioning when something would happen. As a matter of fact, even though I was reading, I declare I glazed over and wasn't really absorbing what I was reading; so, when Tapka was finally unveiled I didn't even notice until several paragraphs in - in which case I had to go back and browse the entire thing over. Finally, in the long run, I must admit that it had taken the course review for me to really understand and even relatively appreciate the closing.

Travis B.

It appears to me that is a fairly predictable and basic brief story. It includes all the primary ingredients: characters, preparing and plot. Gleam beginning, middle, and an closing. There's a guy, Chet Moran who had polio throughout a time when no person was supposed to get polio any more. Immediately we've a personality that is singled out, the odds are against him, and needs to demonstrate himself to the globe, or at least to his mother and to himself personally. The primary conflict? A woman of course. So, the question is will he get the girl? Does he overcome all the chances and succeed the center of the fair maiden in a woollen skirt that drives a yellow Datsun? Well, that would just be too predictable now wouldn't it? So, no, he doesn't.

I'm not sure what to think of this account. My first time through, I didn't especially enjoy it. It didn't really strike me, it was too, normal? And, not heading to lie, it kind of irritated me that he could trip renewable horses and get smashed by them, but couldn't even touch base, or speak to the girl. So, he drove all that way merely to lose her. Then he requires a drip, memorizes her contact number, and then throws it away. Why was that necessary? However, after reading it again, I became aware that the author does execute a good job of giving us details that acquire our sympathies for Chet. We wish him to achieve success and we wish him to get the lady. I enjoyed a few of the imagery plus some of the explanations. I thought the dialogue was done well and it relocated the story along. There are many paragraphs where the author we can know somewhat of every character's background, which added depth to them. In the long run, I used to be still irritated that Chet guaranteed out and lost his willpower. But, though it was basic and predictable, it drew me in. So, I guess it works.

The Balm of Gilead Tree

First, the title, is it a biblical research? In ways I believe that it is, at least that's what it conjures up in my mind. Something quiet and soothing, it offers medicinal properties, which is a symbol of an guarantee to come. With that kind of reference point, I was planning on a story of something completely different. Rather than something regarding compassion, restoration and the expectation of something better, the author presents a predicament where people go crazy pretending to help out, but actually just conclude robbing the deceased and knocking each other out for his or her greed of chilly cash. Or is the necessity, the desire and the greed for cash the balm, the hope, and the assurance of something better? If so, is it really a tranquilizing balm? I'd say it generates more chaos and divides people somewhat than giving a sense of serenity and community.

Then again, here's a war vet which has a dream and a tough time before him for doing that dream. So, when presented with the opportunity, it certainly isn't all the unusual that he would like a piece of the pie. I believe the author does a good job of making the protagonist a man that people can empathise with. We're given a little of his background, we're told his present circumstances, and we're unveiled to his hopes and dreams that include a girl. I believe a girl is definitely a pulling factor. Maybe we're all romantics in mind. Anyways, it also helps that he doesn't start out money crazed; he starts out genuinely attempting to help, but then reasons why it's properly justified to help himself to the amount of money. In all honesty, it's a pretty practical and understandable situation.

One thing I savored about this part is the frequent dialogue. It goes the part and adds more dimensions to it. I also enjoyed some of the vivid information. In the long run, what's the Balm of Gilead? It soothed him and helped to clear his brain. So, was it a assurance that if he was able to persevere his dreams would be attained? Or was it a bogus sense of calmness? I don't know, and we're not advised. We're kept to think about; although there is a strong suspicion that he doesn't make it. I believe it all depends on the particular Balm of Gilead really signifies, and I'm just not sure.

The Blade Thrower

To be genuine, I don't really get the point of this storyline. Maybe it's clear but not if you ask me. However, that's not to say that we didn't like enjoy reading it. For example I could appreciate the P. O. V, the utilization of former tense, foreshadowing and the stunning imagery used to portray both picture and the feeling.

I found the utilization of 1st person plural an interesting and collective view that drew me right into the storyplot. Also, it allowed me to start to see the sequence of occurrences from their perspective, as if my empathy was being straight appealed to. The usage of recent tense also facilitated my experience as an active participant; combined with P. O. V. , it was almost as though I was an associate in a jury and was being told the facts un such a means that I could recognize that they really didn't suggest for anything to fail.

The author also contains foreshadowing that suggestions at the puzzle, the intrigue, the risqu, and the danger to the take action. For example, piercing a beautiful, sensitive and innocent butterfly against a dark partition plank, its wings still conquering helplessly, was morbidly foreboding. Maybe it is because it's so small and harmless that the needless fatality of any butterfly by the violent throw of a blade strikes me. Plus, the fact that Hensch is so dark, silent, unemotional and hard gives me a good notion of what is to come and what he's with the capacity of. More than just blood vessels will be shed.

Finally, it is the use of imagery that really conveys the atmosphere, the suspense, and the strain of the whole night. The imagery is both beautiful and dark. It increases the mystique, and the threat of the unknown. At exactly the same time, the imagery is so done well so it conveys images that that invoke my feelings. So, by the end, I too am guilty of my morbid fascination and attention of how Hensch will present his grand finale.


At first glimpse, the title means little or nothing. But, after reading the storyline, and heading back to the subject, it is far more meaningful than at first thought. It message or calls to mind a crisis, a fatal mishap where in fact the RCMP is called. And really, that is exactly what is going on, but at two different levels: the fatal crash of Charolette, with a much deeper level, the major crisis that this marriage is going through. Spotting this underlying subject matter, the second reading was much more interesting.

The striking characteristic of this piece was the use of the next person. It immediately grabs the reader's attention by using "you. " Also it's a very impactful way of delivering the reader onto the same level as the protagonist, that allows the reader to personally hook up with her. Viewers understand her teach of thoughts, and how muddled they are. Largely though, the reader feels the particular protag is certainly going through.

However, although there is that intimacy with the protag, there's a restlessness of curious about more, or even to experience more action and interaction. For instance, viewers are advised of the husband, and being in 2nd P. O. V. , it's as though he's right there and is seen and believed. But, there's hardly any conversation with him, and when there is certainly, the protag talks, not him. Actually, he doesn't actually speak to the reader until the very end. Even then it is rather short dialogue, and then the reader is informed what he says rather than hearing it. That is extremely irritating, and because of the lack of dialogue to move the piece ahead, it drags the part down. As a result, it's a rather dried read.

No Great Mischief

This is probably one of the soundest bits of writing I've ever read. True, I'm no major critic; however, from the beginning and right to the finish, it was an unbelievable reading experience. Not once did I question what was happening scheduled to lack of details, nor was I restless for the piece to be completed. It was such a soft reading; it almost looked like as though every sentence was purposefully written just so, filled with intent, with the precise amount of information and detail expressed. And, I am told the author does work one word at a time until he was perfectly satisfied, and it shows.

There is a lot to this piece that it is actually hard to create on it, except to give it a glowing article. For example, MacLeod fills the piece with so many great information, his vocabulary is specific, conveying just what he methods to, and it's incredible. He includes some moments of foreshadow, lines of similes and metaphors. MacLeod not only conjures up a precise image in your thoughts, but he is actually allows you to feel what is transpiring, and positively participate in the experience yourself. And, though it is a heartfelt and mental piece, there are occasions of humour that provides some respiration time. Additionally, there is some dialogue, which breaks up the strain and depth of the protag's thoughts. Plus, it provides another sizing while moving the storyplot along. In addition, it allows a reference to the other character types, particularly with Calum, the protag's sibling. It brings life and is important in revealing Calum's thoughts. I'm amazed at how MacLeod could bring these characters alive, at least in the mind they become breathing talking people who have thoughts, emotions, problems and etcetera. It was a pleasure to read.

The Southern Thruway

Let's get started with the subject shall we?

The Southern Thruway. A highway, a highway, that's all it is. What goes on on a highway? Nothing, it gets powered by thousands every day, and nobody understands anyone, there's hardly even a second glance. That is why the quote within the title is suitable; it gives a hint of what is to come.

Now let's discuss the start paragraph. It's packed with descriptions and details, which explicitly connect the tension in the air, the annoyance, and the exhaustion of being stuck in traffic. However, this is an extremely long starting paragraph. Even though it is well written, it risks the opportunity of mind-boggling, or boring, the reader before the story even goes anywhere. In ways it's almost as bad as actually being caught up in a traffic jam.

I suppose I could give a complete summary of the story, however, not much happens and it could take awhile to dissect piece by piece. However, this can be a beautifully written piece. There are some amazing imageries. For example, talking about the sunset as, "an avalanche of orange jelly. " These varieties of details draw the reader in and portray the feeling, or mood. Perhaps it gives some history to the people as well. But, it takes quite a while to get through this story. And, some sentences continue, and on, and on - almost to the idea of taking on a whole paragraph. Regrettably, this tends to lose impact and the reader's interest. Usually, it isn't recommended as a very important thing to check the endurance of your readers.

Sea Oak

To begin with I'm uncertain where this account occurs. "Sea Oak" appears pleasing, but then there are pilots removing their t shirts and waiting furniture. So, is the protag at a fundraiser, like a fireman's calendar, or is he at a sleazy joint like Hooters? Turns out he works at Hooters, only it's called "Joysticks. " From the degrading, stressful, inactive end job. So, I'm remaining wondering, who is he? Where is he from? How come he put up with this job?

The second landscape answers each one of these questions. He lives in Sea Oak, which is really the only nice thing about any of it, the name After all. In reality this is a dive. It's where people wrap up who have nothing at all and could still lose everything - like a child getting trapped in between crossfire. The protag's mother has left behind him and his sister on her behalf boyfriend. So, they live with their Aunt. Neither his sister nor cousin has graduated, but they both have kids. In the long run, there's only a lot of aspect that creates more questions.

Then, the aunt dies. There are a boring scene describing her loss of life and what happens after. I scarcely want to continue. But, her grave is robbed. This is where the storyline gets interesting; the Aunt comes home a zombie. All of the gory details talking about the "new" crude Aunt Bernie, give a new dimension and fascination to the storyline of the story. It's odd, it's twisted, and it works since it keeps the story moving. The best part is that people find out about the protag.

Finally, we see the protag change from passive to proactive and making changes to improve his life. And, not simply for him, but also for his family.

The Princess and the Plumber

I liked the first site of this story. It was well written, it's simple and it requires something old and creates something new. The added details are interesting and provides it a style all of its own. Also, it reads really smoothly and does not have any problems interesting the reader right from the start. I actually really liked the addition of the little girl with moving curls who was in a nightmare with the planet speeding by; it certainly found my interest and I was wondering to observe how she would tie up in. However, that's approximately enthusiasm as I had because of this story.

Pretty much, with the benefits of the snarky frog, the storyplot began to fall apart. I couldn't link the pieces jointly and questions weren't being solved. I became irritated and cynical fairly quickly. The writer lost my attention and gained my annoyance. Even following a day of pondering this part, I still don't understand.


To start with I love the title. It's simple and it conjures up a graphic right away. I am planning on it to be a metaphor: fear, ruthlessness, a killer instinct, razor sharp, or something. I didn't think the complete storyline would really be about sharks. It isn't really, it can want to do with the idea of irrational fear, but it absolutely sure does concentrate on sharks.

Anyways, I must say i liked this report. It had been interesting and got witty dialogue. It has a style every one of its own that I've never came across. It was fun and informal, more romantic. I liked how it mimicked a dialogue between two friends: going over the trivial but juicy details of information with a even transition in to the deep ingrained fear. Also, the run on dialogue keeps the storyplot moving and allows me to be a dynamic participant, and an entertained one at that.

I think this part was creative, stepped beyond your normal structure of a brief tale, and was a great exemplory case of what I could do with a story once I know the fundamentals. It's such as a painter: you need to know the rules before you can break them.


The first lines was a hook series for sure. It seems like to carry a promise of any good story to inform, a conclusion to come, and it is interesting. Then it's followed by dialogue that introduces the main heroes, Morris and Suzy. This dialogue also moves the storyplot along by giving me something to take into account. It creates questions that I wish to be clarified. So, I continue to read.

The next field takes us directly to Suzy and Morris. Suzy becomes more powerful through her description and dialogue. Then I discover that Suzy is only 5 and Morris is 43. So, then I wonder how are they connected? More questions arise and still no answers, therefore i read on. I love studying Suzy, her reasonable tone and her distaste for dresses. The dialogue between Suzy and Morris is enjoyable and, once more, moves the part along. I also loved the sources to shade in Suzy's years as a child. However, still more questions occur and no answers.

The story proceeds and lastly I learn some answers. But, I still can't make the relationships, and even more questions arise. That is followed by many little moments that occur and read through snippets of Suzy's life. But, I am no more entertained. Although some questions are responded to, there are many that aren't, and I feel as if I'm advised the answers, alternatively than shown. The dialogue dropped and I read on simply because I wanted the just what exactly? to be responded to. It wasn't. This report felt too imperfect and bare for me to connect and revel in. I wouldn't read her work based on this account.

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