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TAKE A QUICK TRIP WITH THIRTEEN AUTHORS THROUGH FIFTEEN TOPICS IN LESS THAN 150 WORDS AT A TIME
Few weeks ago, I won a giveaway contest held by Redmund Pro. I came second, so I received 3 Flash in The Pan books, the conventional one – paperback edition. I have Flash in The Pan 1 in epub but reading from ebook reader is not my favorite way of reading, so the epub version is still in my ebook reader…untouched (shame on me!!)
I am glad I won the contest and have the book in conventional way. I read it the moment I have time to read.
I have mentioned it several times in my blog that I don’t like reading an anthology. Book with short story collection of one author has never given me any problem, in fact I really love that kind of book. One of my all time favorite books is called The Square Persimmon and it’s a book contains short stories by Atoda Takashi. However, I always find it difficult to finish a collection of short stories by many authors. I think the problem lies in the writing style. I can’t cope with different writing style in one books. I have trouble finishing Birthday anthology by Haruki Murakami and Dark House by Gary Crew (I still haven’t finished this book and I started reading it 3 years ago).
Considering my previous experience…I was a bit reluctant to start reading Flash in The Pan. It has stories from 15 authors, all with different writing style.
I think the different between anthology of flash fiction and of short story is in the length of the story. When I read short story collection, it took time to get used to one story and the writer’s writing style and just when I finally get use to it, I have to move on and try to get used to the next story and the writing style. I find that a bit tiring. It’s like engaging a long conversation with one person than suddenly someone else tried to grab my attention with another long conversation. With Flash Fiction, it’s more like having small talk with many people, this kind of small talk is not tiring at all…in fact, it’s really fun.
As said above, there are 13 authors in this collection, they are: Red Dwyer, Ian Shaw, Raymond Alexander Kukkee, Wendy Reid, Laurie Childree, Teresa Karlinski, Lizzie Campbell, Valentine Logar, Androgoth, Debbie Adams, MJ Logan, Lorre Lyons, and Novia Rozet.
Red @ M3 provided 15 words to be turned into flash fictions. Those 13 authors took the challenge and poured their creative minds into several flash fictions. Some of them wrote more than 10 flashes while some other wrote less than 5 flashes. Each has different writing style and different take on the word.
All the stories in this anthology are interesting in their own way. I really like the ones with the twist on its end. There are some that I can’t quite understand but I think it’s more to my limitation in word play, I am after all not an English native. But as a whole, Flash in The Pan is full of talented writers (you can easily exclude me from them). Reading the flashes here made me view my own writing and I know I have much to learn.
My favorite author in this book is Raymond, he has great talent to twist his story. His flash often made me smile because I wasn’t expected the story to turn like that. Here’s one of his stories at Incoming Bytes.
Even though I mentioned Raymond as my favorite, it doesn’t mean like the other any less. Just like I have mentioned above, they are all talented writers.
You can actually read each story in Red’s blog but the feeling is different when you read it in a book.
This first Flash In The Pan is still available on Redmund Pro for free, you can download the kindle, pdf or epub version by clicking on Redmud Pro logo below.
I will read the second book after I finished my current book 🙂