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You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories Paperback – November 1, 2007
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""These contenders for the title of ‘world’s best short-short stories’ are by some of the best micro and flash writers I know of, writers such as Katherine Weber, Bruce Holland Rogers, Sherrie Flick, Deb Olin Unferth, Bruce Boston, and Aimee Bender. How can they do it in less than five hundred words—suspense, revelation, a twist of metaphor or plot or character, and sometimes all—before you can turn the page? It’s like levitation—I’m skeptical, but seeing is believing. A good book by two editors who are excellent flash fiction writers themselves.”
Robert Shapard, co-editor of New Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction Forward
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Welcome to the book that satiates your craving for quality literature without taxing your schedule. Inside you'll find fifty-three stories of love, death, fantasy, and foreign lands, collected by two of the top names in short-short fiction. Co-editors Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka have brought together forty-four diverse writers and stories with topics ranging from Buddha to beer and sex to headless angels.
Enjoy. You Have Time for This.
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The flash fiction form has been expanding in popularity the last couple of decades and drawing the talents of many fine writers to the challenge of this compelling genre. Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka have gathered together a diverse and outstanding selection of these literary gems in "You Have Time for This"--and you will.
There are about a half dozen stories that I'd put in the great category including a coupld by the editors, The Diary of a Salaryman by Mark Budman is the best of the lot IMO.
Only a few real clinkers, rest are good. Overall worth a read, but don't expect this to be the best example(s) of Flash Fiction out there.
The collection is very readable, with quite a number of stories I keep going back to reread. Memorable work, and a smart addition to the liberary of anyone who enjoys great short fiction.
There’s a nice range of work here, and I feel like most readers will be able to find something that appeals, but some of the standouts for me were: Deb Olin Unferth’s sublimely weird “Maybe a Superhero;” the corporate loopiness of “The Diary of a Salaryman” by Mark Budman; and Avital Gad-Cykman’s dreamy snapshot, “All it Loves.”
You Have Time For This is one of the most rewarding collections of flash fiction I've come across. I was especially glad to find that brief author bios have been included, since I found myself hunting around libraries and online for more of several contributors' work. No, I didn't like every single story here, but I genuinely can't say that about any other collection I've read, either. Actually, because it's flash (so I knew no story could possibly steal more than three minutes of my time unless I let it) I ended up sticking with stories that didn't catch me at first but that I ended up liking a lot.
You know how tough it is to buy books for other people? Well, this collection is a pretty darn safe bet. With fifty-three stories, everyone will find a gem that speaks to them. And as for the ones they don't like . . . just turn the page! Also great for bathrooms ('nuff said).
I am quite happy that I stumbled across the book, You Have Time for This. Flash fiction is quick. Short bursts of emotion, plot, characters and story that burst off the page and into your face. A few, like many inside You have Time for This, also work their way into your heart and soul, making you glad for their swift entry into your life. While the average short story, if there is indeed such a thing as average, is often three to ten pages in length, flash fiction is far shorter. The treasure that this book and the flash fiction genre in general is that many of the stories are only one or two pages long, sometimes more, but not often.
Mark Budman’s (one of the editors of this book) story entitled, “Dark Side of the Moon” is a great example of how far just a few carefully crafted words can take you. The story begins with the main character, as a child, standing on the shores of the Baltic Sea. By the end (one page) the protagonist is now presumably a Russian mob boss, and ends with: “The cell phone rang. ‘This better be good.’ I said. ‘It’s done boss.’ Was the reply. I hung up quickly,...If you blow the whistle in my company you don’t last long.”
I highly recommend that if you have not yet dabbled in reading flash fiction that you give it try, and you’d do well to start with, You Have Time for This.
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You Have Time For This is flash fiction at its best. Extreme brevity may not suit everyone, but if you want to give it a shot then starting with this collection is recommended. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Monica Rudolph-Ruiz
Flash fiction is a really interesting trend, and the only collections I have found before this have been on the internet. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by Neo_one
A quick, enjoyable read. I had not read any flash fiction prior to picking up this book, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it full of engaging stories. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by E. Schnatz
"You Have Time for This" is a great collection for those who like flash fiction. It was well edited and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you!Published on February 27, 2014 by Julia Black
Few of these stories by forty-four writers run more than a single page (POW!), while proving entertaining, brief, and often surprising. What are you waiting for? Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by H. Ackerman
We read "You Have Time For This" in my senior seminar class at Stockton College. That class is dedicated to flash fiction so it was great that we were able to read this collection. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Rachael M