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Flash Fiction Online – 5/2008
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  ISBN/ITEM#: FLASHFIC200805
Date: 30 May 2008

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Flash Fiction Online's May issue features very short stories by Bruce McAllister, Ron Richardson and John Moran and a classic from H.P. Lovecraft.

Flash Fiction Online is a Web site with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their May 2008 issue, #5, and all get a Very Good from me.

The first story is "Game" by Bruce McAllister. Mackey, on the recommendation of his therapist, is playing a virtual game called Is Love Possible? and goes through seven scenarios consisting of his childhood, vampirism, an alien world, a daring rescue, Disneyland, Hollywood and loving many women, all examining the answer to the question the game proposes.

"Bus Ride" by Ron Richardson is very short (less than 200 words) and is about the beginning of a bus ride by Navy Seaman Zeke Pollard.

John Moran publishes his first story with "Select Your Champions." This one is a humorous take on Frederic Brown's "Arena" in which humans must compete with an alien species for a contested area of space. In this one, the humans can pick characters from Earth's past as their champions in an amusing little story.

Last is the Classic Flash, "Ex Oblivione" by H.P. Lovecraft. The narrator of this piece is dissatisfied with his life and seeks refuge and something better in dreams.

Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but #5 should still be available. Check them out at www.flashfictiononline.com.

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