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Flash Fiction Online – 12/2008
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  
Date: 24 December 2008

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Flash Fiction Online's December issue features very short stories by Lydia Ondrusek, Sue Burke, Wade Rigney along with a classic from Fredric Brown.

Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their December 2008 issue, #13.

"Shelter" by Lydia Ondrusek is the story of a woman who seems to have a special gift. I can't go into any more detail without spoiling it. I'll only say that this was a beautiful, lyrical tale.

In "Normalized Death" by Sue Burke, Rebecca's mother is dying and in hospice. She holds pills in her hand, not for her mother, but for her. They are a product called Clearimond and they are designed to lessen the pain. For anyone who has lost a loved one, Burke's story will resonate in a very true way.

I did not get chance to read "Pocket Change" by Wade Rigney until early in the morning on December 24th and that was the perfect time. Joe Bastogne is an ex-con who had stolen some money and can't get it at Christmas time, so that he could give his little daughter a present. I won't spoil the ending but I probably don't have to. Read it at any time of the year.

The Classic Flash for this issue is "Earthmen Bearing Gifts" by Fredric Brown is one of those wry, cynical little tales that Brown excelled at. This one is about a very improbable first contact between Earth and Mars.

Bruce Holland Rogers contributes an essay on a unique short-short format

Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but #13 will still be available. Check them out at www.flashfictiononline.com.

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