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Flash Fiction Online – 4/2008
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  ISBN/ITEM#: FLASHFIC200804
Date: 26 April 2008

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

Flash Fiction Online is here with very short stories by Carl Frederick, Dalton Keene, Hank Quense, Kurt Bachard and Kevin Scott.

I have recently been contacted by Flash Fiction Online to inquire if I would be interested in reviewing their fiction. Since they want to publish stories with plot, characters and setting, I certainly would! These stories are all very short, but enjoyable. So my reviews might be brief since I don't want to spoil their endings, but by all means, check them out!

First up is "The Dyslexicon" by regular Analog contributor Carl Frederick. He uses his own dyslexia for this story of an organization called DOG (which stands for Dyslexic Geek Organization) and a "violin virtuoso robot" who wants to join because he is musically dyslectic. The story features puns, Spoonerisms and the like and is an utter delight.

Next up is a wonderful satire, "Call of the Wild, Line Three." Dalton Keene tells a hilarious tale about the predatory actions of stockbrokers as if they were something like feral wolves. It details their "victims" and "enemies" in a truly amusing way!

We are told that "Fast Living" by Hank Quenze is a Feghoot. It's a one-pager about brothers being treated for a condition that makes them age rapidly. This all leads up to the entire purpose of a Feghoot, an atrocious pun. I loved it.

The last original story is actually called "How Not to Stage a Play at the Royal Theatre in the Aftermath of a Zombie Apocalypse." Author Kurt Bachard tells us this story from the viewpoint of a director/producer who has been unaffected by the virus. The problem is that the actors have not and it's a tough time finding ones that can speak at all and not drop limbs or their faces all over the place. This is another funny tale.

The issue concludes with a story previously published. "Quiet, Please!" by Kevin Scott was first published in the November 1961 issue of Worlds of If. Groverzb is a composer who wants peace and quiet to do his work. He chooses a planet of Little People who don't talk much. Unfortunately, he runs into a big problem.

In his editorial, Jake Freivald states, "We have a bunch of stories that pretty much only fits in months that start with fools' holidays," so these stories are all meant to be a little "out there." I got a big kick out of them and look forward to next month's issue. You can check them out, and learn how to subscribe, at Flash Fiction Online.

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