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Flash Fiction Online – 02/2009
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  ISBN/ITEM#: FLASHFIC200902
Date: 25 February 2009

Links: Flash Fiction Online / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Flash Fiction Online's February 2009 issue features very short stories by Jay Lake, Robert Borski, Tony Rogers, and Bruce Holland Rogers along with a anonymous classic from an old issue of Punch.

Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their February 2009 issue.

"Golden Pepper" by Jay Lake is a beautiful tale about a man who makes a deal with Death to keep his wife alive. One of its many qualities is that it does not end as you might expect.

"The Scarecrow's Inamorata" by Robert Borski is the doll that his friend Little Miss brings when she talks to him. Suddenly, she stops bringing it with no explanation. The scarecrow is re-united with the one he cares about in a real stinger of an ending. Good job!

If "The Universe Has It In For Harry" in the story by Tony Rogers, then he still has the enormous luck to meet Sheryl, fall in love and move in with her. Still, he thinks everything will go wrong. This was a cute little story.

"Dinosaur" by Bruce Holland Rogers starts with a young boy who wants to be a dinosaur. His mother tells him he's not and he lives his life that way…until the end. This was another nice little piece from Rogers.

The Classic Flash for this issue is "A Spring Idyll" is an Anonymous story taken from an issue of Punch dated May 28, 1919. Ronnie Morgan loves Georgette who works in a shop. He buys soap just to see her. When she asks him to translate a letter from English to French, it turns out to be a letter from a suitor. How things turn out for Ronnie make for a good story.

Bruce Holland Rogers contributes an essay on how to convey a lifetime in a flash fiction story, using "Dinosaur" as an illustration of one way to do it.

Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but #15 will still be available. Check them out at

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