Flash Fiction Online - 11/2010
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 26 November 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 November 2010 issue.
Gina Sakalarios-Rogers' "Canine 401(k)" features Ed, who has been jailed on charges on charges of animal cruelty. The truth is he just disposes of greyhounds that no one wants. Because he shoots and buries them, the public is outraged. I did not find this one particularly interesting.
Peter McLean contributes "Dragonslayer", a humorous take on people becoming famous. Krin and Mika kill a bear. The townspeople had said that a dragon was killing their goats. So they come up with a good solution. I found this one a lot of fun.
Bruce Holland Rogers contributes one of his regular articles, "Again Again Again: Repetition". He writes that you don't want to use the same significant word too many times in a paragraph. Then, he shows when repetition is effective. There is an accompanying short story, "Love is Strange" in which we get two stories that start out the same but go off in different directions. It was quite good.
The Classic Flash story in this issue is "The Hen" by Lord Dunsany. A hen resolves to go South for the winter, like the swallows. Her take on the South is different from the Swallows. Very amusing!
Flash Fiction Online now on a mid-month schedule so the November issue will still be available by the time you read this. If not, you should still be able to find it as a back issue. Check them out and make a donation at www.flashfictiononline.com.