Flash Fiction Online – November 2017
Edited by Suzanne W. Vincent
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 28 November 2017
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Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories which is updated every month. These are reviews for the new stories in their November 2017 issue.
The first new story is "Crater Meet" by Brian Trent. -+- It is November of 2017 and on a moonless night British and German soldiers gather in a crater and share food and stories. But there is a nice twist at the end of this.
The second new story is "The Stars and the Rain" by Emily McCosh. -+- Our narrator left home to live on the planet Jun which had recently survived a war. Her photographs earned her a job to stay there. She left home because she did not want to see her little brother die. She writes him all the time and sends her photographs. But he does not die and now comes to visit. Beautiful, heartwarming story.
The third new story is "Baker" by Sheila Massie. -+- Rafael is a baker in a town with many poor people who have demons on their backs. But Rafael has a bit of magic he can put into just one loaf. What can he do with it? Another good little story.
Since "Last Long Night" by Lina Rather is a reprint from 2017, I will review it here. Those aboard a spaceship are headed to a planet to colonize it. They come from an Earth that has died. But a stray radio message gives them a reason for a slight detour. Poignant and touching.
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).