Flash Clash Challenge: Day #6

So, another fun hour spent with some of the masters of the shortest story form in my Flash Clash challenge. With the ‘bolting on’ of an additional specialist yesterday in the shape of Dan Rhodes I was worried that this reading challenge was starting to get unwieldy but it’s working out just fine.

Incidentally today (June 2nd) is officially publication day for Nik Perring’s Not So Perfect, the collection that started this challenge off. So if you’re interested in this one (I can’t offer a fully informed opinion yet but so far so good) then get yourself along to your favoured online book selling outlet (preferably via Roastbooks themselves), and snap up a copy.

Anyway enough of the ‘cold selling’ (apologies if you think that’s what I’m doing because I’m not), and on with a rundown on today’s Flash Clash reading:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring My Wife Threw Up a Lemur Original Rating: ★★★★☆
Alex Burrett Human Abattoir Report Slow Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Etgar Keret Breaking the Pig Lovable Rating: ★★★★½
**David Gaffney Pets
Killer Lines
Rating: ★★★½☆
Rating: ★★★½☆
***Dan Rhodes Dust
Rating: ★★★★☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rating: ★★½☆☆

*Keeping in the spirit of flash I’m limiting myself to only giving single-word comments for each story.
**As they are incredibly short in length, David Gaffney’s stories are being ‘ticked off’ two at a time.
*** Dan Rhode’s stories are even shorter than Gaffney’s and to ensure that I finish his collection in time, I have to cover three per day.

Inspired by the publication of Nik Perring’s debut flash fiction collection, the Flash Clash Challenge is a fun contest in which three other experts in the field are compared alongside Nik. You can find out more about it HERE.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. This is the first time I’ve been confused by one of your one word reviews. Yokey?

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Haha…that’s a confusing one eh Kristen? I meant to write ‘yolkey’ as in egg yolk. Doh!!! Well spotted though

      • Ah, okay! I thought it was just a term that I didn’t know. 😉 Now I’m intensely curious to know what reading a “yolkey” story feels like …

  2. Yokay, eh? Brilliant!

    Isn’t Breaking The Pig something!

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Nik it’s an amazing story. And now it’s had even more time to sink in – even more so. My mind has been going back to it all day, which must stand as a testament to its power, right?

  3. Oh, absolutely!