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Flash Fiction Online – 03/2009
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  
Date: 27 March 2009

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Flash Fiction Online's March 2009 issue features very short stories by Areilla Adler, Emily Leverett, Oscar Windsor-Smith, and Bruce Holland Rogers along with a classic from Lord Dunsany.

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

"Addiction" by Ariella Adler takes place in a world in which people have had real contact with the Sidhe. A reporter has been granted an interview with a woman who had made a bargain with the Sidhe and had tried to cheat them. As a result, her family had been taken. The reporter, though, has a story of her own. This was a beautiful, sad little piece.

"Gustav's Mars" by Emily Leverett is an amusing tale about why its narrator has never heard the end of the Holst composition.

"Trumpet Volunteer" by Oscar Windsor-Smith is a touching little story that involves two of the greatest trumpet players of all time and how they combine to change a life

The Classic Flash for this issue is "The Song of the Blackbird" by Lord Dunsany is a beautiful little tale about what inspired a song, or did not. Dunsany was a master of this kind of thing.

Bruce Holland Rogers contributes an essay on how to throw away the rules and plot and just get by on attitude in a flash fiction story, using "Baby, It Didn't Have to Happen This Way" as an illustration of one way to do it. The story features Paola, a singer who desires fame and her lover, Evan, who distrusts money. I'm not sure it succeeds on attitude as it did little for me.

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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