Flash Fiction Online – 8/2008
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online ISBN/ITEM#: FLASHFIC200808
Date: 27 August 2008
Links: Flash Fiction Online / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their August 2008 issue, #8.
"Stone the Crows" by Elizabeth Creith is a quick look at nature and predators. Two people see a pigeon attacked by a raven and have different reactions.
In "Reverse Engineering" by Mark Cole, Earth has been invaded by aliens with fearsome weapons. Maybe if they capture one of their guns, they can take it apart and recreate it. This isn't as easy as it looks in this clever tale.
When I saw the title "On the Road With Rutger" in Michael Kelly's story, I immediately thought of one guy, Rutger Hauer. So does the guy in the story. He's a little too much of a fan in this amusing tale of obsession.
The Classic Flash for this issue is "The True History of the Hare and the Tortoise" by Lord Dunsany. This one is a retelling of the Aesop classic, with a funny little twist at the end.
Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but #8 will still be available. Check them out at www.flashfictiononline.com.