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Flash Fiction Online - 05/2011
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 28 June 2011

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

Flash Fiction Online for May 2011 has stories by Camille Alexa, Nikki Loftin, Heather Kuehl, a classic reprint from Kate Chopin, and a new article by Bruce Holland Rogers.

Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their May 2011 issue, which has all good stories

First up is "The Girl-Shaped Jar" by Camille Alexa. Sammi gets an e-mail from her sister that promises "happiness the rest of your life" if she sends it on. She does and what happens makes for a good story.

Then it's "Change" by Nikki Loftin. Vari is a typical teenager, worried about going to a new school. Her problem is that her form keeps changing. Maybe it's just skin color, maybe something more pronounced. Vari finds friends despite everything in this cute little tale.

The last new story is Heather Kuehl's "What Heroes Do". Frank is a soldier who was driving a Hum-vee when a roadside bomb exploded. He lost control and in the resulting action, his friend, Christopher Kesley died. What does he say to his widow? This made for a touching, heartfelt story.

The Classic Flash story in this issue is "Doctor Chevalier's Lie" by Kate Chopin. Doctor Chevalier must make a report on the suicide of a woman of doubtful repute. Why he lies makes for a very brief, but very good story.

I'm not sure what schedule Flash Fiction Online is now but the May issue will still be available when 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

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