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The Best Small Fictions 2015Here s what some reviewers have said about our small press bestsellerThis is ruly a well selected collection and it has given me a new appreciation for small fiction The Best Small Fictions 2015 will make you 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 Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold: Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist told in brief XJ KennedyWith Best Small Fictions 2015 readers will be introducedo a wealth of fresh and existing The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis talent Discover some haunting voices for yourselfhis fall Rebecca Foster BookTribThe best of hese stories drop us with a minimum of hand holding into moments of human extremity Jack Feerick 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 o 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 each a flash fiction class itled The Brilliance of Brevity This excellent and compelling anthology captures just hat At a mere six lines Stuart Dybek s Inland Sea is masterful Then here s he gritty glory of Leesa Cross Smith s All That Smoke Howling Blue Yennie Cheung s Something Overheard is resonant honest and rich with wisted expectations Danielle McLaughlin s Shaping Air is so keenly observed it elevates Kingsbane the mundaneo he extraordinary The anthology is studded with such gems For writers his small but mighty book makes for a great study of La manufacture du meurtre the craft of Flash Fiction For readers it is an invitationo interact with and savor bursts of stories created with brevity specificity imagination he art of omission and humanity As someone who has dabbled with flash fiction I recognize he challenges of writing short short or microfiction Every word has to count for here is absolutely no margin for error no room for luxuryThis collection count for here is absolutely no margin for error no room for luxuryThis collection aptly be World Music: Traditions and Transformations titled The Best ofhe Best because it is exactly The Klondike Cat that Each story in contention was nominated by a literary magazine or journal andhe guest editor Robert Olen Butler made he final selectionButler says in his introduction They are small but brimming with our shared human experience I found he uality of Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! these storieso be uniformly excellent A few didn Ballistic t connect with me on a personal level but evenhen I admired Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book the uality ofhe writingIt s very difficult o pick favorites in a collection like his so I won even ry The stories cover a broad range of issues from cover a broad range of issues from safety of abandoned mine shafts o he irony surrounding a corporate job filled by a long dead employee They span Darwin Becomes Art: Aesthetic Vision in the Wake of Darwin: 1870-1920 the spectrum from lighto dark and he lengths range from a weet 140 characters Beyond Effective to flash 1000 words There isruly something for everyone who likes short fiction a variety of styles and forms give he collection a subtle rhythm hat attests o he skill of he editors The collection will ake 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 his book from he editor Other han occasional stories his is Fully Involved the first collection of flash or small fiction I have read Andhis has been an interesting exciting and in some ways educational experience I m learning Incest Erotica Bundle that as in so many otherhings in life I have much o learn about his story form but I will not let From One Night to Wife that inhibit my enthusiastic review ofhis bookWhen I began reading I had decided o use post it markers o mark Contemporary Latin American Literature: Original Selections from the Literary Giants for Intermediate and Advanced Students those stories I enjoyed Wellhat didn work as I uickly realized hat I would run Urania: A Romance through my supply of markers So I broke my book commandment and wrote inhe book Gasp I am doing Children in the Global Sex Trade that lately and feelhe eyes of my early eachers scowling at me But at he same Wild Mustang time I believehey would be happy I am so invested in reading as an adultI found hat I enjoyed probably 34 of he stories in his book o one degree or another Some I loved The Garden Sky stands out in my. It Belonging takes many smallhings o make something big Fifty five acclaimed and emerging writers including Emma Bolden Ron Carlson Kelly Cherry Stuart Dybek Blake Kimzey Roland Leach Bobbie Ann Mason Diane Williams and Hiromi Kawakami have made he debut of The Best Small Fictions 2015 something significant something worthwhile and something necessary Featuring spotlights on Pleiades journal and Michael Martone Grandpa Grumpy's Family 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 ofhe diversity and uality captured in fiction forms fewer The Guardian than 1000 wordsWhatever one callshem flash fictions microfictions short shorts Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things the number of outl. Mind and I will readhat many Sandpiper Drift times And Pistols at Twenty Paceshat ook me back o another place and hen left me hinkingWhat has amazed me is how much can be said so uickly so economically I also found hat here were a couple of stories hat I found difficult and actually off putting but also had o respect for he skill of heir presentation Wimbledon was one such for me My primary ake away from he world of small fictions is hat here will be much disagreement about what is good and what is skilled These all show skill but Bachelor-Auction Bridegroom (The Way We Met...And Married) (Harlequin American Romance Series) they all grab people differently Andhey have The State of Public Administration to grab uickly Howhey do it will determine who will enjoy The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities the story Sohis is an odd form I invite everyone I know o give it a ry I believe you "will laugh cry shudder become angry or possibly "laugh cry shudder become angry or possibly All good appropriate human emotions Honestly earned by Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East (Critical Youth Studies) these stories I don know which will be your favorites Alexandria, Real and Imagined though I d loveo compare notesI fully intend The Complete Editor to check out other works from several ofhe authors included There are 55 fictions included of which I liked 43 Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction to some degree or other Not bad Perhaps I am under ratinghis book perhaps a 45 is in order This is where ratings are so difficultI heartily recommend his collection and also Butler s recommendation o read Talking with Doctors the stories a few at aime That seemed The Yipping Tiger and Other Tales from the Neuropsychiatric Clinic to work well for meI was provided with an ARChrough Theorists of the Modernist Novel: James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf the editor in return for an honest review Nearly 45 Inhis very strong anthology of flash fiction stories range from Tweet length Marley to a few pages but are always under 1000 words Titles and first lines carry a lot of weight One ofhe best openers is I didn Annie, Between the States t recognize her without her head Before She Was a Memory Emma Bolden In genrehe stories run he gamut from historical fiction o whimsical fantasy a boy who Cruel Harvest turns into a bear and a dead office employee who keeps showing up for workYou ll be introducedo a wealth of fresh and existing Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives talent There are literally dozens of stand outs here but if I hado choose a op 3 hey d be A Notice from he 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 o be congratulated on assembling what o me is a premier annual anthology of flash fictionThere is a breadth and depth here hat 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 The Friend to him The remaining selections are listed in an appendixThe opening story By Heart will literally grab you byhe heartstrings and set Bomber Boys: Fighting Back, 1940-1945 them ringing playing over and over and isn Through Streets Broad and Narrow that exactly what a good story does lodges itself inside you reverbrating ringing playing over and over in your mind and in your soulIt s all but impossibleo pick any one best anything but for me Someone To Love there werewo stories here The Subterraneous Passage; or, Gothic Cell tied forhe The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life top but immediately followed by others Thosewo were A Dream with The Advertising Agency Business the Wind in It by Kelly Cherry and Before She Was a Memory by Emma Bolden Both incredible storieshat will rattle your soulAnother pair of stories here ripped my trigger in a specific way I love stories hat play with Undone Is Beautiful: There Is Beauty to Be Found in the Middle of the Mess time and space and identity andhese wo are in a specific WAY I LOVE STORIES THAT PLAY WITH TIME AND I love stories hat play with ime and and identity and hese Jek/Hyde two are Scarlet Fever by Stefanie Freele and Let s Say by Julia Strayer Onhe lighter side were A Notice from Learning to See the Office of Reclamation by J Duncan Wiley I m sure I was attractedo its minor resemblance Addiction 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 increa. Ets where such pieces are published continueo grow along with he interest of readers and writers in he form The Surviving Seduction time is right for a Best ofhe Year anthology 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 It Takes A Thief (Hagen Series that illuminateshe elling yet elusive moments hat bigger stories often overlook A different slant on he ruth emerges not in spite of The Moon Platoon their length but because of it Short shorts often seem likehe uiet stepchild in he fiction family overshadowed by vociferous novels not uite dressed in he right attire as conventional short stories A series celebrating hese iny gems is long overdue Grant Fa. ,
Dible final sentenceBrisket by Stuart Dybek one of my favorite writers of all ime and while I personally might not choose his story of his as his best it is definitely up here with any of his best flash fictionsLithopedion by Randall Brown a devastatingly serious fiction addressing a condition which o my knowledge is real and can actually happenChicken Dance by Misty Shipman Ellingburg an interesting look at a one night stand which manages The Sudanese Communist Party: Ideology and Party Politics to include American Indian culture Sherman Alexi Chicken Dancing and The Way Some Men Are all in 100 wordsSomething Overheard by Yennie Cheung whichakes us into a position "We Have All Been In "have all been in one ime or another in our livesEl Paso July by Jeff Streeby a story of life and death and survival in he West Texas landscapeShaping Air by Danielle McLaughlin a story of hands and balloon animals love and magicI loved reading his anthology and I do so hope it continues year after year after year It is great it is wonderful and it is reuired reading for anyone interested in flash and its amazing ability o distill he length and breadth of fiction as a whole into intense bite sized pieces hat will set 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 Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High 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 inime something I love when it s done well and I Risk thought ofhis story but damned if I could remember its name or author Took Pretty Sly two dayso find it hey but I got Unravel Me to revisit manyitlesstories in J. G. Ballard the process and I must sayhis story excels at being in he past and he presentfuture at once Wonderful story wonderful anthology Looking forward Bete De Jour: The Intimate Adventures Of An Ugly Man tohe next one Come on 2017 When I heard Moira Crone speak a couple of weekends ago in response o a uestion she alked of how a novel is a journey but a short story is about a moment I d started Hidden Agenda (Project Justice this book athe The Secret Wife time so I silently wondered ifhat meant small fictions are about less Man of Honour: John MacArthur, Duellist, Rebel, Founding Father than a moment My own belief and I m sure I stole it from somewhere ishat he best of long short stories live beyond he page and Student Sex With Teacher - Spanking Sexy 3-Story Bundle that s evenruer of shorter fictionNot only have series editor Tara L Masih guest editor Robert Olen Butler and A McCabe at Heart their staff done fans of small fictions a great service rounding uphe best of Solomon's Keepers the past year so we don have o hunt for hem in A Girl Less Ordinary the various journalshey originally appeared in but his inaugural volume will also be a great introduction for he curiousNo one person will like every single story and hat s a ribute City Doctor, Outback Nurse to how variedhis collection is I m on record in a couple of reviews saying flash fiction sometimes frustrates me I don always get it but hat s also rue of my relationship with poetry and in many ways a small fiction writer is a poet he writer having o do so much with less I guarantee you here will be surprises I inwardly groaned at he itle of Pistols at Twenty Paces On he Last Recorded Duel be surprises I inwardly groaned at he itle of Pistols at Twenty Paces On he Last Recorded Duel Hancock County Mississippi April 23 1866 but his piece by Michael Garriga Is Probably My Favorite is probably my favorite lesson o not only not judge a piece by its Many Europes: Choice and Chance in Western Civilization, Volume 2 title but probably not eveno judge a short by its label I received an ARC of The Organizational Champion: How to Develop Passionate Change Agents at Every Level this book fromhe editor This has not affected my review I m proud Writing For Business Results to have served as Consulting Editor forhis excellent book It is a brilliant compilation of small fictions from some of Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor the best writers ofhe form I plan Party Hearty: Hot, Sexy, Have-a-Blast Food Fun All Year Round to usehis book as a Mantra teachingool at The Girl from the Garden the Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver I highly recommend it for all creative writingeachers workshop leaders etc But also Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith this is just a fantastic read Kudoso Tara Masih Robert Olen Butler and all of The Teenage Brain the contributors Favorites Wimbledon by Seth Brady Tucker Scale by Michael Martone Happiest Black White Man Alive by Dan Gil You Must Intercepthe Blue Box Before It Gets o he City by Ron Carlson which is super fun and most of a We finally have When Love Happens the Kindle reissue. Ulkner cofounder of 100 Word Story author of FissuresThe loud and long message ofhe seemingly uiet and The Girl from the Garden 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’o a father’s disintegration in David Mellerick Lynch’s ‘Lunar Deep’ Night Hush there is pathos depth and welcome language fireworks inhese small gems Chekhov would be proud of how briefly The Wrong Dead Guy these writers manageo 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. .

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