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Caveman Alien's Ransom: A SciFi BBW/Alien Fated Mates Romance (Caveman Aliens Book 1) yHere s what some reviewers have said about our small press bestsellerThis is truly a well selected collection and it has given me a new appreciation for small fiction The Best Small Fictions 2015 will makeou a believer in small fiction as literature Joseph Spuckler Evil Cyclist s Bookshelf What an astonishing book how practically every fiction seems a vaster story told in brief XJ KennedyWith Best Small Fictions 2015 readers will be introduced to a wealth of fresh and existing talent Discover some haunting voices for ourself this fall Rebecca Foster BookTribThe best of these stories drop us with a minimum of hand holding
moments of human extremity Jack PopdoseI ll confess I m usually not excited by best of anthologies Then along comes The Best Small Fictions 2015 edited by Robert Olen Butler and Tara L Masih to change my mind about anthologies Kathryn Kulpa KYSO FlashEach short short hands over an exuisite example of something finely done Bunny Goodjohn Mom Egg Review I teach a flash fiction class titled The Brilliance of Brevity This excellent and compelling anthology captures just that At a mere six lines Stuart Dybek s Inland Sea is masterful Then there s the gritty glory of Leesa Cross Smith s All That Smoke Howling Blue Yennie Cheung s Something Overheard is resonant honest and rich with twisted expectations Danielle McLaughlin s Shaping Air is so keenly observed it elevates the mundane to the extraordinary The anthology is studded with such gems For writers this small but mighty book makes for a great study of the craft of Flash Fiction For readers it is an invitation to interact with and savor bursts of stories created with brevity specificity imagination the art of omission and humanity As someone who has dabbled with flash fiction I recognize the challenges of writing short short or microfiction Every word has to count for there is absolutely no margin for error no room for luxuryThis collection might aptly be titled The Best of the Best because it is exactly that Each story in contention was nominated by a literary magazine or journal and the guest editor Robert Olen Butler made the final selectionButler says in his introduction They are small but brimming with our shared human experience I found the uality of these stories to be uniformly excellent A few didn t connect with me on a personal level but even then I admired the uality of the writingIt s very difficult to pick favorites in a collection like this so I won t even try The stories cover a broad range of issues from the safety of abandoned mine shafts to the irony surrounding a corporate job filled by a long dead employee They "span the spectrum from light to dark and the lengths range from a tweet 140 characters to flash 1000 "the spectrum from light to dark and the lengths range from a tweet 140 characters to flash 1000 There is truly something for everyone who likes short fiction a variety of styles and forms give the collection a subtle rhythm that attests to the skill of the editors The collection will take its place on my virtual shelves along with its longer cousins in short fiction from George Saunders Kurt Vonnegut and EL Doctorow Note I received a free review copy of this book from the editor Other than occasional stories this is the first collection of flash or small fiction I have read And this has been an interesting exciting and in some ways educational experience I m learning that as in so many other things in life I hav. It takes many small things to make something big Fifty Five Acclaimed And Emerging Writers Including Emma acclaimed and emerging writers including Emma Ron Carlson Kelly Cherry Stuart Dybek Blake Kimzey Roland Leach Bobbie Ann Mason Diane Williams and Hiromi Kawakami have made the debut of The Best Small Fictions 2015 something significant something worthwhile and something necessary Featuring spotlights on Pleiades journal and Michael Martone this international volume with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler serving as guest editor and award winning editor Tara L Masih as series editor is a celebration of the diversity and uality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1000 wordsWhatever one calls them flash fictions microfictions short shorts the number of outl. E much to learn about this story form but I will Nearly 45 In this very strong anthology of flash fiction stories range from Tweet length to a few pages but are always under 1000 words Titles and first lines carry a lot of weight One of the best openers is
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I didn t recognize her without her head Before She Was a Memory Emma Bolden In genre the didn t recognize her without her head Before She Was a Memory Emma Bolden In genre the run the gamut from historical fiction to whimsical fantasy a boy who turns into a bear and a dead office employee who keeps showing up for workYou ll be introduced to a wealth of fresh and existing talent There are literally dozens of stand outs here but if I had to choose a top 3 they d be A Notice from the Office of Reclamation by J Duncan Wiley The Lunar Deep by David Mellerick Lynch and overall favorite Something Overheard by Yennie CheungSee my full review at BookTrib The Best Small Fictions 2015 guest editor Robert Olen Butler series editor Tara L MasihWhat a wonderful anthology What a joy What fun Tara L Masih and her editors are to be congratulated on assembling what to me is a premier annual anthology of flash fictionThere is a breadth and depth here that readers unfamiliar with flash will likely be astonished by There are uirky funny serious and sentimental selections In other words just about something for everyone This collection is comprised of 55 fictions which were selected by Robert Olen Butler from 105 provided to him The remaining selections are listed in an appendixThe opening story By Heart will literally grab ou by the heartstrings and set them ringing playing over and over and isn t that exactly what a good story does lodges itself inside Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou you reverbrating ringing playing over and over inour mind and in The Summer I Wasn't Me your soulIt s all but impossible to pick any one best anything but for me there were two stories here tied for the top but immediately followed by others Those two were A Dream with the Wind in It by Kelly Cherry and Before She Was a Memory by Emma Bolden Both incredible stories that will rattleour soulAnother pair of stories here tripped my trigger in a specific way I love stories that play with time and space and identity and these two are wonderful Scarlet Fever by Stefanie Freele and Let s Say by Julia Strayer On the lighter side were A Notice from the Office of Reclamation by J Duncan Wiley I m sure I was attracted to its minor resemblance to my own unpublished poem Notice of Recall and Dead Gary by Dan Moreau I and probably anyone who has ever worked in a modern office knows Dead Gary Excellent humorous storyMy remaining selections of note from my admittedly personal perspective wereNot About Liz by Catherine Moore a wonderful story with an increadible final sentenceBrisket by Stuart Dybek one of my favorite writers of all time and while I personally might not choose this story of his as his best it is definitely up there with any of his best flash fictionsLithopedion by Randall Brown a devastatingly serious fiction addressing a condition which to my knowledge is real and can actually happenChicken Dance by Misty Shipman Ellingburg an interesting look at a one night stand which manages to include American Indian culture Sherman Alexi Chicken Dancing and The Way Some Men Are all in 100 wordsSomething Overheard by Yennie Cheung which takes us into a position we have all been in at one time or another in our livesEl Paso July by Jeff Streeby a story of lif. Ets where such pieces are published continue to grow along with the interest of readers and writers in the form The time is "Right For A Of The Year "for a Best the Year Stuart Dybek author of The Coast of Chicago and Ecstatic CahootsThese small fictions are small only in length not in impact Their minuteness provides a different lens upon life one that illuminates the telling et elusive moments that bigger stories often overlook A different slant on the truth emerges not in spite of their length but because of it Short shorts often seem like the uiet stepchild in the fiction family overshadowed by vociferous novels not uite dressed in the right attire as conventional short stories A series celebrating these tiny gems is long overdue Grant Fa. E and death and survival in the West Texas landscapeShaping Air by Danielle McLaughlin a story of hands and balloon animals love and magicI loved reading this anthology and I do so hope it continues ear after Tales from a Pilots Logbook year afterear It is great it is "wonderful and it is reuired reading for anyone interested in flash and its amazing ability to distill the "and it is reuired reading for anyone interested in flash and its amazing ability to distill the and breadth of fiction as a whole into intense bite sized pieces that will set في الانفصال your mind and soul ringingMy advice get it read it be enlightened PS added 112716 I now must add Scarlet Fever by Stefanie Freele as one of my favorites to my review I read another story by Sherrie Flick The Way You See It from her first collection I Call This Flirting which jumped back and forth in time something I love when it s done well and I thought of this story but damned if I could remember its name or author Took two days to find it hey but I got to revisit many titlesstories in the process and I must say this story excels at being in the past and the presentfuture at once Wonderful story wonderful anthology Looking forward to the next one Come on 2017 When I heard Moira Crone speak a couple of weekends ago in response to a uestion she talked of how a novel is a journey but a short story is about a moment I d started this book at the time so I silently wondered if that meant small fictions are about less than a moment My own belief and I m sure I stole it from somewhere is that the best of long short stories live beyond the page and that s even truer of shorter fictionNot only have series editor Tara L Masih guest editor Robert Olen Butler and their staff done fans of small fictions a great service rounding up the best of the pastear so we don t have to hunt for them in the various journals they originally appeared in but this inaugural volume will also be a great introduction for the curiousNo one person will like every single story and that s a tribute to how varied this collection is I m on record in a couple of reviews saying flash fiction sometimes frustrates me I don t always get it but that s also true of my relationship with poetry and in many ways a small fiction writer is a poet the writer having to do so much with less I guarantee ou there will be surprises I inwardly groaned at the title of Pistols at Twenty Paces On the Last Recorded Duel in Hancock County Mississippi April 23 1866 but this piece by Michael Garriga is probably my favorite a lesson to not only not judge a piece by its title but probably not even to judge a short by its label I received an ARC of this book from the editor This has not affected my review I m proud to have served as Consulting Editor for this excellent book It is a brilliant compilation of small fictions from some of the best writers of the form I plan to use this book as a teaching tool at the Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver I highly recommend it for all creative writing teachers workshop leaders etc But also this is just a fantastic read Kudos to Tara Masih Robert Olen Butler and all of the contributors Favorites Wimbledon by Seth Brady Tucker Scale by Michael Martone Happiest Black White Man Alive by Dan Gil You Must Intercept the Blue Box Before It Gets to the City by Ron Carlson which is super fun and most of all Something Overheard by Yennie Chung which hit me really hard A lot of power We finally have the Kindle reissued.
Ulkner Cofounder Of Ulkner cofounder of Word Story author of FissuresThe loud and long message of the seemingly uiet and the definitely short is in ample supply in The Best Small Fictions 2015 From a mother’s fury over misspelled words in Dee Cohen’s ‘By Heart’ to a father’s disintegration in David Mellerick Lynch’s ‘Lunar Deep’ there is pathos depth and welcome language fireworks in these small gems Chekhov would be proud of how briefly these writers manage to speak on lengthy subjects Nuala Ní Chonchúir author of Miss EmilyThe Best Small Fictions 2015 is essential reading for anyone who enjoys not just small fiction but fiction in general Don't miss it Robert Swartwood editor of Hint FictionAn Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Few.