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Flash Fiction Online – 10/2008
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  
Date: 27 October 2008

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Flash Fiction Online's October issue features very short stories by Amy Treadwell, Gay Degani and Ripley Patton along with a classic from Virginia Woolf.

Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their October 2008 issue, #9.

"Spinnerbait" by Amy Treadwell features Chance Johnson, who likes to fish at Dollar Lake, even though his Uncle Jim tells him aliens congregate there. His lures prove all too effective in this amusing story.

"Dani-Girl's Guide to Getting Everything Right" by Gay Degani is the story of a trip home by a young woman named Danielle for one more confrontation with an abusive father. If there was any fantasy element here, I missed it.

"Traveling by Petroglyph" by Ripley Patton is the best of the three. The narrator is an Inuit woman whose family's beach has become a state park because of 41 ancient pteroglyphs on stones. But she knows where a special 42nd one is in this beautifully done story.

The Classic Flash for this issue is Virginia Woolf's "A Haunted House" and really defies summarization. It is a beautiful mood piece, though, and well worth reading.

Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but #10 will still be available. All the stories are well-worth the time spent on them. Check them out at

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