Flash Clash Challenge: Day #20

It’s Friday, Day #20 of my Flash Clash Challenge. And with a major rock festival kicking off ten miles from RobAround Manor (T in the Park) and the rain inevitably pouring down in response, thank heavens I get to enjoy a little metaphorical sunshine, courtesy of flash fiction and five hugely talented authors.

And ‘enjoy’ I certainly did today, with four of the stories each earning a very respectable 4 out of 5 stars; and all for different reasons. Take Nik Perring’s story today, The Angel in the Car Park, which in typical Perring style leaves one emotionally musing over what one has just read. Then there’s Alex Burrett’s story, Anger Management, which, if I’m being honest, is a bit sluggish to begin with, but it ends at breakneck speed.

Also picking up the illustrious 4 out of 5 is Etgar Keret with his hard(ish) hitter, The Son of the Head of the Mossad. Now, they say that less is more when it comes to short stories – even more when flash fiction is the medium – but Etgar, in this one, continually refers to one of the characters as the ‘The Son of the Head of the Mossad’ which may seem a little extraneous given that his nickname is Oleg. But does it work? You damn well bet your cotton socks it does!

And last but not least the other 4 star recipient was David Gaffney for his hilarious offering, Lady Pleaser. It’s not often I’d award so many stars for only a couple of sentences within a story, but effectively that’s what I’ve done. Those sentences relate a particular joke, and joke really took my fancy. Good job David!

Moving swiftly on then, here’s the ‘official’ rundown on today’s Flash Clash reading:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring The Angel in the Car Park Stimulating Rating: ★★★★☆
Alex Burrett Anger Management Gritty Rating: ★★★★☆
Etgar Keret The Son of the Head of the Mossad Engaging Rating: ★★★★☆
**David Gaffney Lady Pleaser
First Out
Rating: ★★★★☆
Rating: ★★★½☆
***Dan Rhodes Noises
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).