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Flash Fiction Online - 05/2010
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 27 May 2010

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Flash Fiction Online for May 2010 is here with stories by John C. Wright, Amy Treadwell, Hayley E. Lavik, a classic reprint from Lord Dunsany, and an article by Bruce Holland Rogers with an accompanying story.

Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their May 2010 issue.

"A Random World of Delta Capricorni Aa, Also Called Scheddi" by John C. Wright is a story rich in detail told by a girl who goes on a trip with aliens she calls Hierachs to learn the answers to some questions. This was a fine achievement in a very few words.

"Candy Floss Time" by Amy Treadwell is the story of Penny whose mother died ten months before but is the mother herself of a three week old baby boy. She has suicidal thoughts but is surprised when she receives a free pass to a carnival. She goes with the baby and encounters three strange women, Morta, Decima and Nona who are spinning "candy floss" (translation: cotton candy) and they are interested in the baby and ask his name. I won't say more but this was a really perfect little story that I liked quite a bit.

"Fools Fire" by Hayley E. Lavik is a gruesome, but effective, little piece about a woman looking for her lover and, in way, finding him.

The Classic Flash in this issue is by Lord Dunsany. "The Beggars" is one of his beautiful little pieces of a curious vision he has of some unusual beggars on Picadilly.

All this is rounded out with a nonfiction article, "Metamorphosis and Compassion" by Bruce Holland Rogers and a story "Sea Anenomes". In the article, he says he wanted to write an "issue story" that would play fair with both sides. The story is like something out of mythology and succeeds in his play fair aim.

Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but the May issue will still be available. Check them out and make a donation at

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