Flash Clash Challenge: Day #16

Day #16 of my Flash Clash Challenge, and what a splendid way to ease myself in to the horror that is, Monday morning.

All story combatants fared well today. Keret not surprisingly (mainly because he’s consistently awesome) took top spot today with a story called Katzenstein. You know when you were at school (or even has you’ve progressed through life) and there’s always one person who stands out as being good at everything? It’s the person who those close to you constantly suggest that you emulate, and after a while it gets beyond annoying. Well, in this story that person is Katzenstein, and the narrator is you. Except you’ve now gone down to Hell, but the issues you have with Katzenstein and his can’t-do-a-thing-wrong existence still burnt as brightly. I think I’ve said enough about plot because that’s enough I think, to whet anyone’s appetite. And I hope I’ve whetted yours because Katzenstein is a story not to be missed. Aside from anything else the ending is genius!

Anyway, enough of my fawning over Keret, because today Mr. Perring also excelled himself with a story called Say My Name. I won’t say too much about the story because it is so short (as it should be of course given that this is a work of flash fiction), but it reminds of a golden tip my old retail manager told me once: “Make a point of using a person’s name when you’re speaking to them,” he said. “People like to hear their name being spoken.” That dear reader hopefully gives you a gist of the topic that Perring explores in this story, and he does so, exquisitely, and which much poetic license. Superb!

Onwards then to the rundown. See you tomorrow:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring Say My Name Emotive Rating: ★★★★☆
Alex Burrett Georgina’s Stories Reasonable Rating: ★★★½☆
Etgar Keret Katzenstein Perfect Rating: ★★★★★
**David Gaffney Enclosures
New Best Friend
Rating: ★★★½☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆
***Dan Rhodes Lilac
Rating: ★★½☆☆
Rating: ★★★½☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆

*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 four 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).