Flash Fiction Online - 05/2009
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online
Date: 27 May 2009
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 May 2009 issue.
"Descent" by Bryan S. Wang features boys clustered around the base of a waterfall. Vinnie is a bully who goads or just pushes the others in. Rabdil tries a different approach. This one just didn't do it for me.
"Jack Rabbit" by Isaac Espriu is another story about people who spend too much of their lives jacked in, connected to some other reality. Daniels wakes up after a long session and confronts the real world. This was another cautionary tale about such a set-up.
"Billions of Stars" by KJ Kabza was the best story this month. Dom finds a planet that has fallen from the sky. If that's not strange enough, wait until you read the rest of the story. This one was very clever, indeed.
The Classic Flash for this issue is "To the Death!", from the March 26, 1919 issue of Punch This one features two wacky Frenchmen, Gaspard Volauvent and Jacques Rissolo who decide to duel using a very impractical method: Aeroplanes. This one showed why Punch had its humorous reputation.
Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but the May 2009 will still be available. Check them out at www.flashfictiononline.com.