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Extra-Curricular: Tales Told Out Of School by [Nash, Marc]
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  • File Size: 3246 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0145RPDZU
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Format: Paperback
I've recently begun reading flash fiction and have discovered some that I really like, that in a concise, though not unartistic, manner create atmosphere, character, story, mood. They are complete and often wonderful. Mr Nash's stories, however, seem wide of that mark. Often more lengthy than I find effective, often full of impenetrable language, they are organized as if following some sort of educational curriculum, under headings for art, physics, extracurricular, etc. Some of the stories fit their categories in obvious ways but, for me, most did not.

The shorter the better with flash fiction. In the second half of this collection, I found several that were far more successful, in my opinion, than most of what came before. Some I really liked. Nash finally removed that detachment which had lost me and prevented me from engaging in many of his other stories. He also found his edge--providing sharper endings--and became more precise.

As I wrote in a review for another collection of flash fiction, I do believe there may be disagreement about what is good and what is skilled in flash fiction. But the important factor is for the story to grab the reader---and to do it quickly. Sadly most of these stories did not do so for me. Those that did grab me, did their job well (Crowd Sauced, In Triplicate, Laundry Lists, Confirmament, Disbanded, Zombie). All in all, though these are outweighed in a collection of 50 stories.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Format: Kindle Edition
EXTRA CURRICULAR by Marc Nash just about blew my mind, especially with one story about a funeral and how things got twisted from one situation to another. A very complex book. What makes Nash's stories so unique is the way you have to think outside the box, so to speak. Nash kept knocking the reasoning back and forth to the reader like a ping-pong ball, leaving the reader to study more on the story and how it might have come about in the author's mind, than onto paper. Deeper isn't the word that comes to mind. Nash's stories seem to go down into the abyss or into a deep void, then the reader has to reach inside the gray matter and really think about what has been read in order to pull out the true meaning; or could there be more than one meaning? The man sure does make the reader put things into an all together different perspective. A different kind of read, but enjoyable.
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Format: Paperback
I love good anthologies or as they call them now 'flash fiction'. This is such a great example. Yes, you will find some of the stories to be not to your liking and others will surprise you with the end. Some may even make you shed a few tears. The writing can be a little much sometimes and overwhelming, lacking a smooth flow. This however didn't deter me from continuing. It's a perfect book to sit and read before bed or when you only have a few moments or between books in a big series. Definitely a fun read for any occasion.
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Innocence has died could be the theme of those well-crafted, intriguing stories, each of them touching a different topic and presenting it from a sarcastic angle, giving you food for thought. It is interesting how, at the end of each story, you are left thinking ''wow I hadn't thought of it that way''. I especially liked the junkies story. Well done, once again, Marc!
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