Flash Clash Challenge: Day #19

I’m surely flying through this Flash Clash Challenge now, as I reach Day #19. And I’m getting a little sad as I see the final pages in the collections I’m reading drawing ever closer. It’s true though that good things always come to an end, so for now I’ll just take comfort in the fact that I’m not quite at the end, yet.

Today’s reading highlights? Well once again Nik Perring turns up with a super thoughtful story, Sobs, about a man who arrives in a hotel room, full of sadness at a recent split with his partner. Unfortunately the man’s sorrow grows ever deeper, when through the wall he hears the incessant sobbing of a mystery woman. How does he respond to this? I’m not telling. What I will say though is that this story is, like many of Nik’s other ones, a bit of a thought-provoker.

Coming up to equal measure to Nik today is Alex Burrett with a good but odd tale, Jetlag, about a man on a plane who has an encounter with an air hostess who has fallen in love with him (happens to me all the time :)), and a small, annoying ‘child’. You notice I apostrophized the word child there? Why did I do that? Well, again I’m not telling (what a tease eh :)). Regardless, this is a very inventive tale – I expect no less from Burrett now – and equally up to the par in terms of imagination, as the great Etgar Keret (except over these past couple of days not really, because Burrett has way surpassed Keret in the imagination stakes).

Anyway, I ramble. Let’s get on with the rundown:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring Sobs Moving Rating: ★★★★☆
Alex Burrett Slow Painter Entertaining Rating: ★★★★☆
Etgar Keret Jetlag Inventive Rating: ★★★½☆
**David Gaffney The Habits of Unstoppable People
The Way you Say ‘Park’
Unusual
Fair
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rating: ★★★½☆
***Dan Rhodes Museum
Naked
Nature
Acceptable
Average
Humourous
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 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)