Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories

Flash Fiction Forward Very Short Stories After publication of the first Flash Fiction anthology over a decade ago flash became part of the creative writing lexicon for readers writers students and teachers In this follow up collection t

  • Title: Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories
  • Author: James Thomas Robert Shapard علی بخشی
  • ISBN: 9780393328028
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • After publication of the first Flash Fiction anthology over a decade ago, flash became part of the creative writing lexicon for readers, writers, students, and teachers In this follow up collection, the editors once again tackle the question How short can a story be and truly be a story Determined to find the best flashes from America in the twenty first century, JaAfter publication of the first Flash Fiction anthology over a decade ago, flash became part of the creative writing lexicon for readers, writers, students, and teachers In this follow up collection, the editors once again tackle the question How short can a story be and truly be a story Determined to find the best flashes from America in the twenty first century, James Thomas and Robert Shapard searched everywhere for stories that were not merely good but memorable Moving, and certainly unforgettable, this collection includes stories from the best and most popular fiction writers of our time, including Ron Carlson, Robert Coover, Steve Almond, Amy Hempel, A M Homes, Grace Paley, and Paul Theroux In addition, Rick Moody properly defines armoire, Lydia Davis delves into a world of cats, and Dave Eggers explores narrow escapes Over and over, these stories prove that often less is .

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    1. This was such a fun read! I wasn't aware that flash fiction/short-short fiction was a thing, so when my creative writing teacher put this in our hands and we began discussing it for class, I fell in love! All of the stories are 4 pages or less, which I thought gave it a lot of potential to be very fascinating. It made the book go by quickly, but each story (or, most of them) still packed its own distinct punch. It's hard to rate this as a whole because I would give some stories a million stars b [...]

    2. I have mixed feelings about the short-short (or flash fiction, of micro-fiction, or whatever it is we want to call it these days). On the one hand, it's a powerful form, as close to the compression and deceptive complexity of poetry as fiction can get (my friend Beth Ann Fennelly, who is one of my favorite poets, insists there is no difference between the short-short and the prose poem, and I can't find any good reason to disagree with her). But because the short-short is so, well, short, writer [...]

    3. So this was my first time reading flash fiction -- short short stories no longer than 2 pages each -- and I really enjoyed it. I made a list of the stories in this anthology that really struck me. Then the list kept getting longer and longer and wound up being about half of the book, so I had to condense it to just the very very best. I've found a few new authors I need to stalk and read more of. I would definitely recommend reading this if you like modern stories, literary stories, weird storie [...]

    4. A lot of good stuff, a lot of okay stuff. Raises a lot of questions in my mind about the gimmicky nature of flash and makes me nervous, but overall I still love the genre.My favorite stories from this collection are: "Stories" by John Edgar Wideman, "Sleeping" by Katharine Weber, "Currents" by Hannah Bottomy, "Consuming the View" by Luigi Malerba, "Things You Should Know" by A.M. Homes, "Blind Fish" by Melanie Rae Thon, "Why You Shouldn't Have Gone in the First Place" by Samantha Schoech, "All G [...]

    5. As with any collection of short stories, whether by a single author or anthology, there will be selections that often range widely and will appeal to different people, but overall I thought this group enjoyable and entertaining, often clever and humorous, with an occasional spot of melancholy. They often made you think. I marveled. And the best part is if you got caught up in one that didn't really catch your interest, you just had to turn a page. Some of the authors are somewhat well known to m [...]

    6. I've been binge-reading a lot of flash fiction lately, which is a pretty easy and wonderful thing to do anytime and anywhere. Riding the MTR, waiting for mom to finish her errands at the bank, sitting on the toilet you name it.As the title of the anthology suggests, the stories in Flash Fiction Forward are each over in a flash, and the authors only have so many pages that they can use to surprise or move us.Sometimes, the stories end too soon and expectations are not met. Most times, however, t [...]

    7. I found this quite a mixed bag and couldn't always see 'the point' but the one that has stuck in my mind more than any other is 'WORDS' by John A. McCaffrey. One or two others made me think, particularly 'The Black City' by Leonardo Alishan and I laughed out loud reading 'My date with Neanderthal Woman' by David Galef.

    8. With 80 short-short stories by 80 different authors, you can argue that there is something here for everyone, provided that whoever happens to open the book is interested in flash fiction in the first place. Having recently tried to write a story in 1000 or fewer words, I have a new appreciation for what many of these writers were able to accomplish in two or three pages. As is often the case with collections, some stories didn't appeal to me, but more were good: entertaining and imaginative, ti [...]

    9. Some real gems in here, mixed in with some rather forgettable stories, too. Reading eighty takes on flash fiction is interesting in a lot of different ways, and sort of confirmed my suspicion that, when done right, flash achieves something longer form simply can't. But, a lot of the rest of the time, flash ends up being a gimmick more than anything else. [Like the several stories included here that are, for all intents and purposes, punchline stories.] Stories that I just loved: "Baker's Helper" [...]

    10. Anthologies are always hit and miss (or "almost hit"). Which makes this one especially great because the stories are short, they have to be supercharged to hit their mark (the intro says it all, and the first story is rad). Enjoyable!

    11. As a flash fiction collection, this anthology is a nice blend of humor and stark observation. Although I prefer both Hint Fiction and Varieties of Disturbance over this collection, there are certainly incredibly vivid moments within this anthology that makes it worth reading. From a living sushi-table and a ceaseless tug-o-war between a thief and an old woman to a person whose job is to talk down suicidal jumpers, there are a wealth of perspectives to be found here, even if one doesn't necessari [...]

    12. This is the first time I've consciously read Flash Fiction and I liked it very much. These very short and pithy stories, generally 750 words or less, are perfect literary adaptations for an increasingly busy and short-attentioned world. I can easily see keeping a book of flash fiction in my car or purse to pull out and read during moments of lull. I am also interested in experimenting with the writing style myself.

    13. It was an anthology so there were some I loved and some I just didn't understand why it was written. But that is the beauty of anthologies. Flash Fiction is a very interesting genre of writing that I think I would like to explore more but perhaps just particular authors.

    14. Hugely enjoyed these short, shorts, sudden fiction, flashes however they are called. Each one stays with you much longer than you would expect given their length. Words have real value, and the impressions are powerful.

    15. I really enjoyed this book and it makes me want to write more. Of course some stories resonated with me more than others, but I imagine almost any reader could find a story or two in here that will stick with them. Good read, well done.

    16. There is nothing wrong with this book. Some of the stories are great, and some leave me head scratching. I just don't like flash fiction.

    17. An interesting anthology with a number of stories that really took advantage of different forms. On the other hand, a lot were just about brooding guys and mysterious women, which got boring really quickly.

    18. I haven't ever read an entire book of "flash fiction," short works no longer than two pages each, and I found the experience so fun and rewarding. The "Editor's Note" for this collection is invaluable, most notably because it suggests reading the pieces like poetry. Each piece is so short, that a reader can't simply swiftly comb through it and expect to gather everything the author intended. These pieces are not driven by the traditional elements of the short story, but in many cases they are ju [...]

    19. My favorite story in this collection is David Ryan’s “The Good Life.” The plot is driven by a case of mistaken identity. The unnamed male narrator and his old high school classmate, whose “first name was almost the same as her last name,” run into each other at the airport. In the story’s climax, we learn that while the two characters were acquaintances in high school, the woman believes the narrator is someone else, another of their classmates to whom she had evidently been closer.R [...]

    20. This anthology was compiled 10 years after the first one. The one that coined the term 'flash fiction'. Not that they invented the format by any means. Defined it a little maybe. Made it easier to search for than 'short short stories'. Search engines hate that sort of thing.The editors say that in the ten years since their first anthology, the format of flash fiction has really taken off, particularly on the web. I will not disagree. They then said they had a whole bunch of sources to search thr [...]

    21. I love everything about flash fiction--reading it, writing, it, teaching it. This anthology contained 80 stories, about 17 of which I thought were amazing and memorable; the rest I found to be incredibly gimmicky and forgettable. I appreciated the variety of styles, but the majority of the stories fell short for me. Many ended in predictable, literary ways. The gems in the collection include: + Before the Bath by Ismail Kadare+ Sleeping by Katherine Weber+ 1951 by Richard Bausch + Consuming the [...]

    22. Synopsis: This book is a collection of flash fiction stores, which are typically the shortest of the short stories. While the definition of flash fiction isn't set in stone, typically the stories are less than 750 words and/or 3 pages in length.My Review: The variety in this collection is incredible. I enjoyed spending a few minutes reading a story about one topic only to have the next story about something totally different and unrelated, and usually on a topic that I've never read anything abo [...]

    23. Enjoyable collection of short stories. Nicest part about this collection is that even if you as the reader don't enjoy a particular author, the story will be over in only a few pages. A few of my favorites were: Sushi Cashmere (Carolyn Forde); Mandela Was Late (Peter Mehlman); Currents (Hannah Bottomy); Bullet (Kim Church); The Peterson Fire (Barry Gifford); That Could Have Been You (Jim Heynen); The Wallet (Andrew McCuaig); How to End Up (Jennifer A. Howard); Test (G.A. Ingersoll); Diagnostic D [...]

    24. Flash fiction is gaining a lot of ground and I am both fascinated and weary of it in turns.It takes mad, mad skill to write a highly engaging piece of fiction- and it takes even more skill to create an entire story arc in 50- 1,000 words. This anthology holds to 750 words. Several of the pieces in Flash Fiction Forward were amazing. Simply stellar writing. Others were so bad, I felt like I was clambering through the slush pile of a high school freshman English course. Writing so bad, so painfull [...]

    25. I've never read flash fiction before but I think sometimes the form says a lot even with its limited space. Some of the stories that had the most impact on me are: "Level" by Keith Scribner (p. 79) and "Currents" by Hannah Bottomy (p. 51). "Level" is my favourite, though, because unlike the majourity of the other stories, it was a simple moment of happiness (with a little bit of mixed feelings about the future thrown in). Most of the stories had a melancholy tone and it was rather depressing rea [...]

    26. Setting aside time to read eighty short-shorts is harder than one thinks. This is a good compilation, but not as strong as the original, which concentrated mostly on literary shorts. FLASH FICTION FORWARD is a conglomeration of literary fiction, experimental fiction, genre fiction, and that unnamed personal fiction that has been spreading on various websites (but not in books).I love flash fiction, but, as the editor discusses in the introduction, it's definition seems to have changed. Anything [...]

    27. I was really impressed with a few of these:- "Things You Should Know" by AM Holmes- "Currents" by Hannah Bottomy- "Voices in My Head" by Jack Handey- "The Orange" by Benjamin Rosenbaum- "Crazy Glue" by Etgar Keret+ a few othersA mixed bag as always, esp. in an anthology with 80 stories and a wide array of styles. With the shorts I didn't like as much the problem was usually one of three things: 1) the narrative was too vague2) story seemed too plain3) payoff at the end was weak.Good resource for [...]

    28. I am still reading, dipping into the short-short stories brought together by Norton and edited by James Thomas and Robert Shapard. They are stories that spring from all sorts of voices about all sorts of characters in all sorts of settings. And they have pretty much all, not every single one, but most, stuck with me, come back to enter my thoughts like good poetry will do, made me think again of that situation that passed, that life that was illustrated in some 500 or so words, and then vanished [...]

    29. I'm usually not one for reading short stories and i had never even heard of flash fiction before. A class assigned this reading and much story evaluation and analyzing was had over the book. I only ended up reading about half of this book--and it went the way as other class-required readings go. It disappeared in my room for months and was rediscovered when I was too busy to read it. Nonetheless, it was still fun to read and a good teaching device. I appreciated the time my class devoted into pi [...]

    30. I typically won’t read an entire short story collection, but these stories are so quick (all under 3 pages!) it’s hard to skip any. A couple memorable ones were a tale about the fate of the orange who ruled the world by Benjamin Rosenbaum and story from Etgar Keret about a woman who tries to halt the dissolution of her marriage with superglue. And a truly resonate story that I read several time is Before the Bath by Ismail Kadare. It’s a looping thought-process narrative of Agamemnon, reli [...]

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