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Flash Fiction Online – 08/2010
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 30 August 2010

Links: Flash Fiction Online / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Flash Fiction Online for August 2010 is here with stories by Dave Hoing, Michael Aaron, a classic reprint from Elliott Flower and another article from Bruce Holland Rogers, with two pieces to illustrate it.

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

"Is, Not Mighta Been" by Dave Hoing is set during the Civil War. Our narrator is an escaped slave, doing burial detail for the Union Army. In a field of dead Confederates, he comes across his former master’s son. This was a little gem.

"The Numbers Game" by Michael Aaron is a funny takeoff on heroic fantasy. Sathrus is about to lop of the head of the evil sorcerer and take his rightful place as King of Khandar when he is interrupted. I won't say by whom because that is part of the delight of this tale.

Bruce Holland Rogers contributes one of his regular articles, "By The Numbers: The Prose Summit" in which he discusses how to apply the fixed form of the poetic sonnet to prose. His two stories, "The Invisible Man" and "Renaissance" are examples of what he calls, respectively, the English Prose Sonnet and the Fibonacci Sonnet. After explaining the rules, he gives us the stories, both quite good.

The Classic Flash in this issue is by Elliott Flower, (1863-1920) who wrote novels and short stories in the early 20th century. "The Winner's Loss" is the tale of John who is entrusted with a great deal of money and bungles things. This had a nice twist ending.

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

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