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W and unexpected ways There was Bernard Cooper s The Hurricane Ride which xamines how reality can be altered with the notion of speed Also Lynn Mundell s The Old Days which tackles a man s choices in life that have become a slippery slope down the wrong path I Crazy Love (Steele Street, enjoyed Tiff Holland s Hot Work whichxplores the secrets some men keep And I particularly felt the resonance of Melissa McCracken s Implosion which is both funny and sad one of the hardest combinations to pull off ffectively and amazing to do in under 300 words There s also a great but unexpected perspective in Richard Brautigan s Women When They Put Their Clothes On in the Morning with a killer last line that lingersI d like to uote from the afterword written by Christopher Merrill which I think does a great job of summing up why writers and readers alike are making flash fiction so popular Less is this is the currency of prose poetry and micro fiction alike It the story will not last long but it will haunt you forever I agree with Mr Merrill This is a wonderful collection of micro fiction and a great way to discover or continue with your love of the form I hope you njoy reading it as much as I didThis review was originally published in the magazine Bewildering Stories Issue 774 Microfiction than other forms reuires constant reflection making it not only a challenge for the author but also for the reader Each story in this thrilling anthology uses its own source of magic to ngage me so that the tale grows far beyond the limits of the pageAs a collection of the best of the best a treasury of authors this anthology is ideal for teachers of
creative writing who want to xplore the art of narrative in a short time span It writing who want to Canvas: The Program Book 1 explore the art of narrative in a short time span It perfect for authors who are looking to inform their own audacious writing and want to learn how to try something new And above all New Micro is an addictive anthology for all fiction lovers to read and reread simply for pleasure I love compression and this anthology of superb microfictions does not disappoint Thomas and Scotellaro have assembled a lasting anthology that honors its 1996 predecessor Jerome Stern s MICRO FICTION and continues to advance the impact of micros on contemporary literatureEach story is an accomplishedxample of the form but the following resonated most with me Nancy *Stohlman S Death Row Hugger *s Death Row Hugger Smith s Mermaid Grant Faulkner s Way Station Michelle Elvy s Antarctica Michael Martone s Miners Tiff Holland s Hot Work Josh Russells Black Cat Tara Laskowski s Dendrochronology and Curtis Smith s The StormAnd the one that blew me away literally and figuratively Bernard Cooper s The Hurricane Ride about a boy and his aunt on a carnival ride I read it about 10 timesWith so many stories to choose from readers will find many favorites Note this includes two of my own micros. Appreciate a pleasure to nvision a wonder to watch life spun out and painted in small places Real and surreal lyrical and prosaic here are 135 stories by 89 authors certain to make you thi. .
read New Micro.
Well selected collection it s amazing how much motion and plot you can pack into a few
paragraphs many stories which make Overall worth reading because some of the stories are amazinglymany stories which make Overall worth reading because some of the stories are amazingly like all anthologies though you ll find much of the work only good pretty interesting type of writing wide variability in how much i liked the stories though my faves wereamy hempel the man in bogot Where the Forest Meets the Stars erin dionne new rollerskatesmichellelvy antarcticajeff landon flyingmary miller los angeles Very interesting as an Spike, the Black Wolf exercise but I prefer my stories with Words plot characterverything But considering the fforts in making a middle schooler cut an ssay down to 1 page this would be challenging and Two-Minute Mysteries eye opening for her to read This was a really good book I liked a lot of the stories There were a few duds that felt very similar to other stories here I ll be sure to recommend it to people that don t really read forntertainment Although the level of the stories is different in this anthology I found many of them are very fresh interesting deep and sometimes philosophical The structures and choice of POV are vocative in many stories It s a great place Get To Know *get know fiction and how writers play with this genre I m not sure if genre is suitable here type of writing It s hard to give an anthology an overall rating but for those great stories in this book they are actually uite a lot than a half in my opinion I give it five stars I read this because a friend has a story included and because I m interested in the form Many of the stories seem too similar not just because of the length of course but because of the subject matter Perhaps there are only certain topics that lend themselves well to brevity coming of age the burdens of marriage parents aging and dying tragedies both prosaic and shattering There are a few really noteworthy stories that I ll be thinking of for a while but many of the rest blend together in my head It s an xceedingly American and white anthology although neither of these limitations is acknowledged by the Parallel Apocrypha editors Flash fiction is one of my favorite forms both to read and to write So I was veryxcited that New Micro Exceptionally Short Fiction crossed my review desk It contains a powerhouse collection of 135 stories by 90 authors A number of the highly lauded writers have multiple stories in the collection and all of the stories are 300 words or lessI know some readers wonder how a great story can be told in 300 words It takes a certain kind of vision by the author and ach word therefore becomes important there can be no wasted space And what is said is as important as what s not saidFlash fiction is like Zen art Simplicity is the key and an ntire story can be suggested with just an image just a scene just a capturing of an Das verlorene Symbol (Robert Langdon, emotion As mentioned in the. All of the stories in this book arexceptionally short revealing themselves in no than 300 words With a foreword by Robert Shapard and an afterword by Christopher Merrill this book brings Foreword by Robert Shapard It s been said that micros can do in
A Page What Apage what a does in two hundred Most of
The Stories In The Collectionstories in the collection told in first or third person with a few forays into second person They are divided World in Peril eually between vignettes and stories with a complete arc Many focus on literary styles andthos such as stream of consciousness narratives slow paced capturing of a single life like image and the darker serious themes such as love and loss death and grief addiction and adultery But there s an Blood of the Cosmos eually important smattering of humor pieces throughout the anthology including dark humor and literaryscapades into the absurdSome of the writers xperiment with form such as Gay Degani s Abbreviated Glossary Her piece has a truly clever format that sets up a list of definitions like a dictionary *but tells a complete story about a woman *tells a complete story about a woman persuades her reluctant lover that a pregnancy will be good for them Their relationship goes well until there s a problem with the baby in uteroThen there s Damian Dressick s Four Hard Facts About Water which has vents in a numbered list The list is somewhat backwards in terms of chronological order but the reader learns by number four why the first fact about the price of whiskey is so important It has a powerful and truly sad twist ndingAlthough all the stories have something to offer the reader the ones that often captured and held my interest had me thinking about them long after I finished reading them These were the ones that put preconceived notions on their head For xample Kathy Fish s The Possibility of Bears which has you booing one character all the way until the سنت، مدرنیته، پست مدرن end when you realize that the author has cleverly shown why your knee jerk reaction was wrong Or Sarah Freligh s Another Thing which talks about thend of the world as a joke but in a way the joke turns out to be trueThen there are the stories that do a great job of painting a stylistic picture such as Tania Hershman s My Mother Was an Upright Piano The conceit is held throughout the story and the imagery is captivating Or Ron Koertge s War which talks about a soldier s post traumatic stress disorder as the poetry of war I m also a sucker for humor so the stories that made me laugh often in surprise were among my favorites There was Amelia Gray s AM103 that shows how sometimes a person can negotiate her way through a breakup Or David Shumate s The Polka Dot Shirt which xplores the idea of a person s identity and how much it s related to image I also njoyed Paul Beckman s Brother Speak which shows how brothers sometimes have their own language And the final story of the collection Ron Carlson s Grief where reported facts aren t always what they seemLast but not least a few of the truly stand out stories of the collections crossed boundaries in ne. Ou fresh approaches to an Il potere del cane exacting form that demands precision a species of brevity that is surprisinglyxpansive Writers say the pieces are hard to compose but readers say they are Café Blue easy to.