Flash Clash Challenge: Day #27

Day #27 of my Flash Clash reading challenge, and what a most enjoyable flash fiction reading session it was today (to be honest I don’t think there’s been a day so far that hasn’t been enjoyable).

I was charmed by Alex Burrett’s tale, Grandpa’s Tobacco; a tale in which the narrator ruminates in Proustian style, on the long forgotten smell and composition of his grandfather’s pipe tobacco. I was entertained by David Gaffney’s offering, The Man Whose Head Expanded; a tale in which Gaffney invites the reader into an ambiance of dreamlike optimism, before bringing him/her crashing back to the reality of the mundane. Very entertaining! And finally there was Dan Rhodes whose best offering today was a cheeky little number called Sleeping, which is so short I can’t even offer a brief description. Trust me though, it’s a mild chuckler.

Anyway, here’s the rundown on all of the flash pieces I’ve worked my way through on this rather dreary (weather-wise) Tuesday:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring –REVIEW PENDING– —- —-
Alex Burrett Grandpa’s Tobacco Proustian Rating: ★★★★☆
Etgar Keret –REVIEW PENDING– —- —-
**David Gaffney The Man Whose Head Expanded
A Personal Message
Rating: ★★★½☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆
***Dan Rhodes Sleeping
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).