Flash Fiction Online – 7/2008
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online ISBN/ITEM#: FLASHFIC200807
Date: 26 July 2008
Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their July 2008 issue, #7.
In "Gone" by Jennifer Tatroe, Angela starts noticing things disappearing around her house. First it's food and then, other items. The action she takes is a trenchant comment on all of us.
"Strive to Be Happy" by David Tallerman" is the story of a man who is fed up with his wife or girlfriend's obsession with Max Ehrmann's Desiderata and destroys her poster. She takes an interesting action.
Brenda Kalt's "The Longer View" features a man who wants to get away from it all through FTL travel but he learns to take "the longer view".
The Classic Flash for this issue is from Ambrose Bierce, "John Mortenson's Family". This very short piece begins with "John Mortenson was dead: his lines in the tragedy 'Man' had all been spoken and he had left the stage." Bierce continues with a description of the service in his honor complete with weeping widow. He concludes it with the kind of sting that only "Bitter Bierce" could do.
Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but #7 will still be available. Check them out at www.flashfictiononline.com.