Nothing But the Rain – Naomi Salman

Nothing But the Rain

Nothing But the Rain


Rain makes people forget. One woman tries to figure out why, and who's keeping the population of Aloisville captive in the constant downpour.


Purely through my own error, I went into this expecting it to be a longer version of a different story I’d read from Tor and about rain. Within the first page, it was clear that wasn’t true, but I do admit that I went in expecting a lyrical, emotional story, and this is more middle of the road adventure.

There’s nothing wrong with that. At the same time, the story felt long to me – a good short story stretched out to unsatisfying novella length, and I thought it showed. The concept is interesting, but never really explored. The story focuses more on the daily mechanics of one woman’s reaction – a little bit of her analysis of how the rain causes memory loss, a little speculation as to why it’s happening, and how she writes reminder notes to herself. There are a few red herrings about her identity that are not explored, and the causes are not really explored either. As a short story, that might have worked well. As a novella, I expected much more from the resolution and didn’t get it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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