Flash Fiction Online – September 2015
Edited by Suzanne W. Vincent
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 29 September 2015
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Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their September 2015 issue.
The first story is "Pidgin" by Katrina S. Forest. -+- Our narrator is trying to communicate with a man named Asher. Asher is a human who was part of a colony cut off from Earth for 300 years. She uses ASL but he communicates in a very different way. Well done.
The second story is "Ships and Stars and Childhood Things" by Gwendolyn Kiste -+- We follow Brandilene from five years old to 35. She is part of the caretaking crew for a place that people visit only in the summer. At her various ages, she meets a man who is perpetually 30. That is not the life she chooses. Another good story.
The third story, is a reprint, "1968: A True Confession" by John Guzlowski. Our narrator remembers hippie days and they are not all good. OK
The fourth story is "The Wedding Gig" by John League. -+- Our narrator is a woman who plays trumpet in a jazz band doing a wedding gig. But she has literal scars, as does the bride. Interesting contrast between the two.
By the time you read this, the October issue might be up, but the September Flash Fiction Online should still be available. Look for it as a back issue or read any older issue. Check them out and make a donation at their website (see link at the top of this review).