Flash Fiction, Flash Bangs: A Sparkling Array of Hundred-Word Short Stories
Outskirts Press (2012)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (1/13)
Article first published as Book Review: Flash Fiction, Flash Bangs: A Sparkling Array of Hundred-Word Short Stories by Andy Underwood on Blogcritics.
“Flash Fiction, Flash Bangs” by Andy Underwood is a nice change of pace from the usual short story or chapbook. This hundred-page book of hundred-word stories is a pleasant read. What especially caught my attention was the fact that every one of the stories in the book actually did contain a hundred words, no more, no less.
Now you can say what you want about that but I assure you, from a writer’s point of view, that’s not an easy task. Ten or twenty a good writer might do but to do a hundred stories with exactly a hundred words and still make the story worth reading, takes talent, a talent that Andy clearly exhibits in the variety of stories he presents.
“Flash Fiction, Flash Bangs” Flash Fiction, Flash Bangs contains brief stories that will keep the reader entertained on a plane, bus or train. This little book is an eclectic collection of fiction stories that range from Sci-fi, Fantasy and intrigue to drama, humor, and relationships genres. It will keep your attention from one page to the next because the stories are not long enough to be boring. They are short, sweet and to the point.
I gave “Flash Fiction, Flash Bangs” by Andy Underwood a very high B on my rating scale and recommend it to the general audience. It has an appeal to everyone be they young or old. There is no caution for any explicit graphics or language and the stories are entertaining.