An interesting idea although it does remind me a little of "The Hunger Games." Competently written it flows well although the tension fails to build owing to the shortness of the story. The end doesn't work. Surely this would have to be set in dystopian times when the notion of 'murder' wasn't present?
An intriguing and nicely written story with natural dialogue. Ray Daley is correct in suggesting that this would make a very good novel — although it does at times sound a bit like "The Uglies." Well proof read too which make a change for around here. Great work.
Great value anthology. Clever stories dominate this collection of stories relating to Australia. I don't think any of these stories was a 'fizzer.' I just love Kerry Cameron's story, "Black and White." Fantastic ending. Encore!
Great ending! The story was marred by some typos and stylistic errors. Dutch farmers don't use the term 'asshole' (how American) and in 1944 or whenever this is set the German's didn't use the term 'hostiles'. (How George Bush!). Writers of historical fiction need to know their period and write in an appropriate style and use appropriate words.
I read lots of short stories. I want ones that are clever, have a good ending and are well written — grammatically correct, no typos and their style fits the genre. This book is spot on. Some very funny stories, some poignant, some sad — just how an anthology should be.
Well written, great story construction and erotic to boot. I've not done too much exploring of erotic fiction (a few anthologies so far) mainly because the quality (except for a couple of books) is rubbish. But this is pretty impressive writing. A great read.
Good Lord, what are these reviewers on? This book is rubbish. Interesting how many of these so called reviewers have reviewed the book multiple times. Talk about gaming the system! Are these people family and friends?
Has some potential but is a little stilted. The children are a little extreme in their behaviour for ten year olds. 'Hapless' is an unusual word but it has been used multiple times in this short tale. Some more work will make this story interesting.
Reviewing a flash fiction story is very difficult as there really is no scope for character development. Setting is unimportant and there is little room for plot development. However, plot is all important (other than grammar and other things) and this story doesn't have much. There's no twist at the end and indeed it all seems quite derivative of "Capricorn One". So how does one rate this? Plot 2 star, humour, nothing much, grammar and spelling, four star. So how about two star all around.
I do love a story with a twist and most of these do. And the ones that don't are just delightfully written. Some of these stories are really very touching — the Boxer being one of them. Well worth reading.