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- ASIN : B01N7DUIR0
- Publication date : December 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1228 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 31 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,294,122 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Author: Maria Haskins
Publisher and Copyright: ©2016 Maria Haskins
Published By: Word Count Podcast & Maria Haskins
Price: $0.99 (Kindle)
Cathbad’s Rating: 9.5 of 10
A Review by, Cathbad
This small book contains eight flash fiction stories from (admittedly) one of my authors. These stories were originally written for R. B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast in 2016.
All eight stories in this tiny tome are excellently written, fun stories! I include here a very short note on each story:
The Unicorn: One of the most excellent surprise endings ever written!
Nemesis: Ah! When the gods fall, it is a pitiable sight.
Miriam and the Cat: Remember, it’s only a cat…
Treasure Island: The fate of a pirate can be worse than being keel-hauled!
True Words (Kirke’s Bed & Breakfast): When we pass on, do not we all pass from one life to another?
Chiaroscuro: Light and shade. Beauty is fatal – in any form.
OK Computer: I’m not sure I like the story, but I want to be Amanda!
The Demon: I have always loved cats… and hated men like Ted. Ted, you shouldn’t mess with an old woman’s grandchild!
These stories are a delight to read! If you don’t get this little book, you’ll be missing out on quite an enjoyable evening, sitting up in the dark… your Kindle the only light in the dark.
I rate this book a 9.5 out of 10.
What I love about Maria's writing is how she is able to create such a big world in such few words.
This collection is all flash fiction - a short and sweet read - but of course in flash fiction you can't do much more than create a vignette, a moment in time, a fragment, right? And then here comes Maria with her first story, The Unicorn, and creates a legend.
I don't know how she does it, but I'm awfully glad she does.
An aside, each of these stories were originally submitted to the Word Count podcast from RB Wood - which I've reviewed over in my podcast column. It too is very well worth your time.
5 of 5 Stars
As with most flash fiction, it can be a hit and miss. Length is a major factor that shapes each story and what can be done within the limited word count. Haskins has more hits than misses, in my opinion. Not every story wowed me, but many did. She's able to work a lot of "story" into each story, keep the pace fast without making them feel short, and come up with a variety of ideas that also work together nicely.
I'll definitely continue to read Haskins' work. Especially the flash fiction. Having finished Dark flash, I'm now also curious what Haskins can do with a longer form, whether it's short stories or novels.
Haskins is a marvelous writer, which is why I picked up this little book. This collection would make a great buy for someone who doesn't have a lot of reading time, but wants to feel immediately immersed in what time they do have. Each of these stories feels larger than it is, hinting at a full world right behind the curtain.
These stories all share a dark edge, with surprising turns and unique concepts. They are like mini portraits, full of color and texture. You'll smile and gasp - and you will remember them.
In the end you may want more from Haskins, but not from any of these stories!
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