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Book Review: A Dash Of Flash

A Collection Of Very Short Stories

 

I was impressed of how short some of the stories were. Nevertheless, they were powerful. The author calls her style flash fiction, hence the name A Dash of Flash. I enjoyed reading this book very much. You can open it at any page and be prepared to be delighted.

 

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A Collection of Very Short Stories

 

 

A Dash Of Flash: A Collection Of Very Short Stories

 

Author: Millie Thom

Format: Kindle Version

ISBN: 1539821188

 

I had a good time reading it. Mrs. Thom compiled 85 stories, some very short, that will “hook” you into them. Clever, humorous and with a wide range of emotions. She has mastered the art of short/flash writing. Even the shortest ones will have an effect on you.

 

One of my favorites to read was “The Wishing Well” as it reminds me of my grandmother. How small talk could make the difference in someone’s life and how good we feel to make the ones we love happy. Also, I enjoyed reading the stories about the twins, there are several. As a twin mom, one especially put a knot on my stomach. I have to caution you, some will make you cry, laugh, or cheer for the characters. Unexpected twists on the plots you didn’t see coming, kept it interesting.

 

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A Dash Of Awesomeness

 

In the words of Isabelle Allende, “Short stories are more difficult — they have to be perfect, complete in themselves.” It is not easy to write short stories, even more very short stories like Mrs. Thom does. I was very impressed by that.

 

Flash fiction must have a very small count of words, 500-1500 words. She even does a 100 words stories, tell me that is not impressive. In addition, short stories have to be a complete story, meaning,  they have a beginning, middle and end part. Also, they should have conflict, and as a given character(s) too. The plot you don’t see it coming when you’re done.

 

As you see, writing short stories is no joke. I haven’t enjoyed shorts stories in a while and I’m glad I read this awesome compilation. That’s why I call it “A Dash of Awesomeness.” I would recommend this book for the readers short in time but enjoy good writing.

 

You can visit Millie Thom website and learn more about her work. She has also published two other books and one on the works. With Kindle Unlimited you are able to read them for free (wink wink).

 

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(19) Comments

  1. I’m delighted with your review, Edel, and really pleased you’re a fan of short stories. The very short pieces of flash fiction do take a lot of thought – and are excellent practice in being concise with our descriptions. Once I have the third book of my historical fiction trilogy published (which will be very soon) I hope to write a lot more pieces of “flash”. I’m looking forward to that. Many thanks again for your wonderful review. it is greatly appreciated.

    1. Edel says:

      Thank you, Millie. I appreciate the effort and time you put into your stories. Looking forward to reading more of your work. 💜

  2. Kristi says:

    This sounds like my kind of book! I find it so difficult to sit down and just read books (novels, etc.), but I think short stories are the answer. I need something I can read quickly, as to not lose my focus/attention. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Edel says:

      Hi Kristi, thank you and you’re welcome. Definitely, this is a book you want I grab. I hope you do and come back to give me your thoughts about it. Happy reading!

  3. As much as I read I have never heard of flash fiction. Thank you for introducing me to it. I will have to read this book so I can see for myself. Thanks

    1. Edel says:

      Please do, Andrea. It’s a great book. And remember to come back and tell what you think of it. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I love the concept of flash fiction. I would love to read this.

    1. Edel says:

      Yes, it’s quite unique and involves a lot of thinking to get it right. Please do, Magrt. The book won’t disappoint.

  5. I love short stories! You can read them over and over again and get a different take away each time! I am ordering this now!

    1. Edel says:

      You’re right, Linda. Short stories are quick good read. That’s awesome! Thank you and don’t forget to give a review on Amazon too. 💜

  6. Thanks for the review Edel. As a lover of short stories I would agree with Millie in that they do take a lot of thought and must be concise. This is why I love the short story great such as Jack London and Ernest Hemingway. Looking forward to checking out Millie’s A Dash of Flash.

    1. Edel says:

      Awesome, you won’t be disappointed! Short story writing requires extraordinary talent. Thank you for reading, Cimarron Ranch.

  7. I love this! I like the idea of reading short stories more!

    1. Edel says:

      Yes, short stories are great. Thanks for stopping by ☺️.

  8. Awesome review, it really does bring to light how hard short stories are to write!
    I’ve tried to write a few of my own and it’s no easy feat! Nice personal touch in your review, too.

    1. Edel says:

      Thank you, Screen Streams. Perhaps you would like to share some with us?

  9. I love short stories but had no idea they were called “flash fiction” 🙂 . Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Edel says:

      You’re welcome, Lisa. Flash fiction is more like a subgenre of Short Stories, often called short short story too.

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