Flash Clash Challenge: Day #7

Following a slight break in proceedings yesterday (it was my daughter’s 16th birthday…ekkk) it’s straight back to my Flash Clash challenge. And what an extraordinary session of flash reading it turned out to be, with 5 of the 8 stories each receiving 4 out of 5 stars, and the other three stories not falling far behind with all being awarded 3.5 out of 5. If nothing else this illustrates just how high the quality of the flash fiction is, and how equally matched each of these writers seem to be. Remarkable! Here’s today’s rundown on the reading:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring Seconds Are Ticking By Panicky Rating: ★★★★☆
Alex Burrett UBP© Satirical Rating: ★★★★☆
Etgar Keret Cocked and Locked Raw Rating: ★★★★☆
**David Gaffney Click
Into the World
Menacing
Mournful
Rating: ★★★½☆
Rating: ★★★★☆
***Dan Rhodes Expecting
Exploring
Face
Humourous
Different
Witty
Rating: ★★★★☆
Rating: ★★★½☆
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.

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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).

Comments

  1. Flashy

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      Hehe…..do I sense a little dig? 🙂 Actually, this one word review system is a lot harder than I thought it would be.
      Warmest
      Rob

      • Dig 😉

      • I like it and you always have refreshing ideas. I was not able to say that in one word. Flashy was the closest word.

        • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
          says:

          And Flashy worked very well, although its meaning could be somewhat misconstrued. Did did you choose to use the word ‘flashy’ in reference to the form? Or did you choose ‘flashy’ to describe the exotic nature of the challenge? Personally I think you chose it because it describes both. You are one clever sausage CBF *thumbs up*
          Warmest
          Rob

  2. Happy birthday, 16 year old!

    Zpecialforces, if I remember rightly…?

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      Zpecialforces indeed. And he need a ‘zbecial heligobter’ to take his friend away 🙂 Gotta love Arabic/English phonetics eh Nik? What a genius!
      Warmest
      Rob