Flash Fiction Online - 09/2010
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 27 September 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 September 2010 issue.
"Tags" by Andrew Gudgel is told from the point of view of a girl named April, in a near future in which people wear glasses that fill in tags and information about everything around them. Her friend, Mel, dares her to see how long she can go with her links to these things disabled. This was an effective, poignant little cautionary tale.
In "No Show" by Alan Grayce. Amy is playing her guitar and singing for a small group in a friend's home. She meets Joel, who has a story of his own. This was a good little story with a bittersweet ending.
KJ Kabza's "Now Open" is the story of a place that tells of a woman's kiosk that sells boxes of time, 10 minutes at a time. Be warned to pay her for her time or she'll take some of ours. This was a clever little piece.
Bruce Holland Rogers contributes one of his regular articles, "Big Success on a Small Scale" in which he tells how to make money from flash fiction. As always, it was quite interesting.
The Classic Flash in this issue is from Punch, November 11, 1914 and is called "A Tobacco Plant". A man arrives home to find his wife making cigarettes for the troops. She isn't particularly good at it, but he makes It right. This was a cute little story.
Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but the September issue will still be available. Check them out and make a donation at www.flashfictiononline.com.