Flash Fiction Online Ė 02/2010
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 22 February 2010
Links: Flash Fiction Online / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their February 2010 issue.
"The Times That Bleed Together" by Paige Gardner is a story about the end of the world. We get a series of snippets of time detailing the life of a man named Luke. Unfortunately, whether its taking place in the past or not, it's all written in the present tense and this just gets tedious very quickly. It's unusual that I don't like one of the stories at this site, but I did not get into this one at all.
"PÍlos" by Aaron Bilodeau features a young girl named Lydia who is visited by a young god named PÍlos, who says he want to seduce her. He suggest some methods used by his father but Lydia decides to teach him some newer stuff. This one was quite amusing.
The narrator of Aimee C. Amodio's story details "Six Reasons Why My Sister Hates Me" and helps draw a picture of their relationship and the world they live in. It was quite good..
The Classic Flash in this issue is Mark Twain's "The Five Boons of Life". A man "in the morning of life" is offered five gifts by a fairy: Fame, Love, Riches, Pleasure, Death. Twain gives us five chapters, dealing with each gift. If you know Twain, you can probably guess how these gifts turn out but he is one of the nation's best writers and this one is just brilliant.
< p> Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but the February issue will still be available. Check them out and make a donation at www.flashfictiononline.com.