Twice as Bright

Rated 4.88/5 based on 8 reviews
A flash story to fit into your coffee break. Ever wondered why time seems to be running increasingly fast?
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About Jen Cole

Jen Cole is an Aussie primary school teacher who in recent years has begun writing fiction for both children and adults.

Her first novel, Play or Die - a thriller in which a girl finds herself forced into a bizarre game, can be purchased at (Click the 'Where to buy in print' link below.)

Two of her children’s stories, 'Killer App' and 'Swarm', written under the pseudonym, S. Carey, appear in Penguin Australia's 2013 Eerie Series. They are available in bookstores as a paperbacks and through the Apple ibooks store and as ebooks.

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Margo H reviewed on July 19, 2016

Whoa! Short but dynamic. Nice read and it stirred my very active imagination.
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Mike White reviewed on March 28, 2016

I do not agree with the sentiment that this story espouses. Among other things, the thesis seems to be based on an extrapolation error. However, the story does dramatize the sentiment effectively, and the author uses the sentiment to create a compelling story in just a few pages. The characters come alive just through a bit of dialogue, and the reader is left contemplating their world and their society.
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Francis W. Porretto reviewed on May 10, 2014

I never expected to encounter a story that dramatizes Parkinson’s First Law (“Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”), but here it is – and it’s a winner.

The technique employed in this brief piece is impressive, but even more so is its deftness of emotional evocation. Who among us, after all, has not wished for more time? And how many of us, offered the choice between immortality and glory, would choose the latter?

I’ll be reading more of Miss Cole’s work.
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M. Brown reviewed on March 19, 2014

Interesting ideas in a very well written story. Thank you for letting me reading this!
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Robin Xavier Fontaine reviewed on June 18, 2013

An apt subject for flash fiction. Usually, in people's lives, the older they get and the less time they have left, the more they accomplish. A nifty little ending, too.
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Lotta Bangs reviewed on March 26, 2013

Thought-provoking and delightfully well written.
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Robin Gilbert reviewed on Feb. 25, 2013

An awesome little tale!
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Tracy R. Atkins reviewed on Feb. 21, 2013

Twice as Bright is a wonderful short story that only takes a few moments to read, but will leave you thinking afterwards. Time really does seem to flow faster as life goes on, and when we are constrained by it, we become creative with what we have left. Though the characters of the story are delightfully ambiguous in the story, the reasoning is clear and interesting. Tightly written, this is well worth your time, especially as a bed-time story to ponder for a while.
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