Flash Fiction Online – 03/2010
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 25 March 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 March 2010 issue.
In "Midnight Mambo", Daniel José Older gives us a story from the viewpoint from a man named Gordo Cortinas who starts working for a non-profit organization, serving kids who are minority and emotionally-challenged. Things go OK until he exposes the kids to something decidedly different. This was just very cleverly done and well-told.
"Blood Willows" by Caroline M. Yoachim is a strange tale about a Mara's family taking her to her father's grove of trees. They are doing this because she has started growing trees from her body. Yoachim does a good job introducing a new idea and telling a touching story about it.
"On Green Hills" by Andrew Gudgel is the story of an intelligent military robot named Akili. Captain Orongo and the rest of the men in his unit have all been killed. After surviving in the jungle, he must now make a decision on how to complete his mission. Gudgel tells another good story here
The Classic Flash for this issue is "The Blind Man" by Kate Chopin, a touching tale, with a nice twist at the end.
All this is rounded out with a nonfiction article, "Consolidated Flash and the Collective Narrator" by Bruce Holland Rogers with an accompanying story called "We Stand Up" that illustrates the collective narrator.
Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but the March issue will still be available. Check them out and make a donation at www.flashfictiononline.com.