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52FF [Kindle Edition]

Marc Nash
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Book Description

52 flash fiction stories, some everyday, some mythic, some intensely sensuous, some comedic. All rich in language and metaphor. From child soldiers to aged actresses; from shaman to fairground knife thrower; from poisoner to charity giver; bingo callers, hitmen and women, werewolves, toy pandas, lovers, dancers and a recalcitrant apple tree, all are contained within this collection of the shortest form of story telling.

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  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IHMZR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Newton
Format:Kindle Edition
52FF is a concoction of short (and sometimes not so sweet) "Flash Fiction" stories all under 1000 words each.

The majority of stories were thought-provoking vignettes with an underlying nefariousness portraying the horror of both fantastical and real life situations, which work on our human weaknesses (anxieties, fear and loathing) with a twist of satire and black humour thrown in.

In the Nursery, is a poignant example of this heady cocktail of emotions and descriptive prose, by which the author, Marc Nash, tells this heart-rending story through the eyes of a stuffed panda in the room of a child's psychologist. There's a wide variety of stories to read, from the violence suggested in a seemingly harmless game of bingo in The Caller to the Bingo Caller's House Calls "House", to Badges and the stark loneliness of Lost Sole, where Nash's very British, analytical voice bubbles to the surface. My favourite story has to be Bittersweet, another fine example of how the author cleverly plays around with words, metaphor and new ideas showing a strong love for language.

With 52 stories, you can deal a story-a-day, there's a gritty, down-to-earth quick appetiser to appeal to your varying taste-buds. A great "loo book" too, and I mean that in a good way! I felt, that in some cases, there were a couple of scenes as opposed to complete short stories with beginnings, middles and ends, however, these tended to be more experimental and came across more like poetry, or an alternative style of prose, which I rather liked as they enhanced their individual potency. This made for a good read as I never quite knew what to expect from one story to another, making 52FF very hard to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of words January 2, 2013
By Ignite
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book of 52 Flash Fiction stories by Marc Nash, a man who is obviously fascinated by words. The number 52 invites you to read one a week and although I have read them more quickly than that, I have found that the concentrated nature of the very short stories and also the density of the words, has meant I couldn't really just read straight through as I would a novel. These stories are nuggets. They are very varied in genre; some funny, some sad, some thought provoking. Some are effectively poems. I enjoy words myself and can almost taste these as I roll them around my mouth.

If I have one problem with the stories it is the author's tendency to use fragments rather than sentences; phrases with no verb. I find it a useful literary device to increase tension at the height of a fast action piece. Its use all the way through though, was a great distraction. I mentally filled in verbs! Apart from this, the creative use of language here engaged my interest. If you love words, you'll enjoy this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Read! February 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
52 flash fiction stories that keep you wanting more and more Marc Nash knows how to create tension from beginning to end. I read most of the stories twice, with story number 11 being my favorite! Looking forward to reading more flash fiction from this great writer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Flash Fiction Showcase December 6, 2011
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If you've never read flash fiction, then this is the place to begin. And if you're already a fan, then you'll appreciate this anthology. 52FF is a powerful collection of stories encompassing a wide range of subject matter and human experience. The style ranges from the deceptively simple to experimental, and each piece is rich in language and wordplay. Best of all, I've found many of the stories so thought provoking that I've read them several times - which makes this volume worth every penny. (My favorites include "If IT Were THEE" and "Bowing Out".)
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"A veritable cocktail of real life incidents, metaphors and hidden meanings of an imaginative mind!" -AlternativeRead.com

"Best of all, I've found many of the stories so thought provoking that I've read them several times - which makes this volume worth every penny" -Lisa Vooght

"Some aspects of a particular piece may not occur to you until after the second, third or even fourth reading. I love this concept and I think Marc Nash has understood it perfectly...I loved the obvious fascination with words and images. I loved the many layers hidden within the brevity. And I loved the darkness and the satire. This anthology is a gift that keeps on giving". -TheBookBag

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