Flash Fiction Online - August 2017
Edited by Suzanne W. Vincent
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 31 August 2017
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Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for the new stories in their August 2017 issue.
The first new story is "Three Ways to Ruin Your Best Friend's Birthday (and How She Fixes It)" by Andrea Corbin. -+- Our narrator plans birthday celebrations for her best friend, Nisha, involving time-travel eclipse watching, polar bear rescuing, and a voyage to the planet of the Telarians. Nisha makes disasters come out right. Entertaining and amusing.
The second new story is "That Dark Sweet Magic" by Travis Burnham. -+- John is driving to Shasta-Trinity National Forest to scatter the ashes of his wife Aine. With him are two things her magic made sentient: an apple tree named Honeycrisp and a shoe golem named Chaussure. On the way, in the back seat, they are arguing over which one of them got the most magic from her. I won't say more except that the end is so touching and beautiful that it will stay with me forever.
The third new story is "Plain Jane Learns To Knit Wormholes” by Wendy Nikel. -+- It all starts when Beverly brings her plain Jane niece to the church's Martha Society knitting of scarves for the Alaskan orphanage. Jane drops a stitch and that opens a wormhole in time. The other side of the wormhole changes every time the ladies discuss which Biblical event they want to visit. It does not end well. Another delightful, funny tale.
By the time you read this, next month's issue might be up, but this month's 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).