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on Dec. 02, 2011 :
If you read my review - http://frankbalara.blogspot.com/2011/10/... - of Garden Summerland's first volume of Flash Fiction Addiction, you know how much I enjoy her writing. I wasn't disappointed when I recently read this, her second volume of Flash Fiction Addiction. If you don't want to take my word for how good her stories are, you can read quite a few samples on her blog, Wallpaper Dreams - http://gardensummerland.blogspot.com/ - and find out for yourself. Careful, though. They really are addicting! You've been warned.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 05, 2011 :
I think I need to be careful here, I would not want to give away any storyline endings. Believe me this lady has been busy concocting quite a few which will completely blindside you, you won't see the finale coming.
Garden hones her ability to entertain, enthral, surprise and scare the pants of you. She has surpassed a brilliant first book with her depictions and her crafted stories in Volume 11, an excellent read.
The first story "An Accident is passionate and heart breaking until you reach the end and you think "WHERE THE HELL DID THAT COME FROM".
From that moment on the stories engage you in so many ways, some of them are darker than others but the story lines?? This lady just never stops "The Inheritance" is a warning to all families.
I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to Flash Fiction with "Addiction 22" and Garden has ensured my continued enjoyment of it with "Volume 11", the speed with which you are engaged by the storyline and the characters is refreshing.
Don't make the mistake of thinking this is simply short stories, if the story was not good enough it is too short to stand on its own and these all do that excellently.
This is one recommendation (I do not make many) I make heartily, for the combination of passion, mystery, dark powers and human love this is the one to read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 03, 2011 :
One thing I like about flash fiction is that you get the bare bones of the story right up front. The emotions are felt immediately, piercing your heart and mind, dragging you into the story within seconds.
Another thing I like about it is that the stories are short, my attention span isn’t what it used to be. Another thing I like about it is that the stories are short, my attention span isn’t…well… you get the point.
Garden Summerland has again created a collection of flash fiction short stories that are both original and compelling. The second book in a two volume series, her anthology is collection of another twenty-two flash fiction stories in different genres, and they are all new, previously unpublished works. You will find a varied selection of paranormal, mystery, & romance inside the cover, a great mix.
Some of her works are dark and disturbing, but passion abounds again in this volume, and you feel the characters at the end of their rope, grasping at anything to pull them out of the hole they find themselves in. Sometimes they find it, other times they just let go, letting the darkest core of their being take over. But for the luck of our circumstances, any of us could be there, and that is the really scary part.
Delving into the mind of a displaced man, we see the absurdity of the crush he has on a woman that will never be returned, yet you can’t help feeling a pain for him that he will never realize.
A love so deep, could you make the ultimate sacrifice to alleviate their pain? Insanity, so real to those experiencing it, who can say that theirs isn’t the true reality?
Surprise endings abound, and I love surprise endings.
And….there are vampires!
Garden Summerland has a grasp of the human psyche that astounds, and her way of expressing these conditions to the reader is exciting, as well as enjoyable to read.
I highly recommend the second volume of Flash Fiction Addiction to anyone who likes passionate stories of love, hate, revenge, and forgiveness, stories that are really a reflection of us all.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)