Flash Clash Challenge: Day #34

And so dear reader I bring you to Day #34 of my Flash Clash reading challenge, and the final day of my flash fiction journey. True I’ve still got to total up all of the ratings and declare an overall ‘winner’ of the challenge i.e. the one author out of the five who scored the highest on average for his stories, but effectively Rob’s Flash Clash challenge comes to an end today.

Have I had a blast? Absolutely! Am I glad I endured 34 days of flash fiction reading? You bet I am! Am I going to be putting my feet up now and mulling over what has been a long but rewarding ‘journey’? Yes, but not quite. Aside from figuring out who the ‘Flash Champ’ is, I’ve got five flash fiction collections reviews to type up *groan* 🙂 Watch this space!

Here’s the rundown on the final stories read:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring –REVIEW PENDING– —- —-
Alex Burrett –REVIEW PENDING– —- —-
Etgar Keret –REVIEW PENDING– —- —-
**David Gaffney –REVIEW PENDING– —- —-
***Dan Rhodes Well
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).


  1. You made it to the end! Hooray! I can’t wait to see your final numbers for each of these collections. I need to choose my next flash fiction read. I might just pick up Half-Minute Horrors again though. I read it last year and I suppose it’s flash, just for children instead.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Thanks Kristen,
      There’s a mixture of sadness and elation at RobAround Manor tonight. However, after seeing that you’re so hooked on flash fiction now, my needle has moved over more into the ‘elation’ area. Glad to see that you’re enjoying the form so much.
      Warmest reards

  2. Yes, congratulations on reaching the end! And thanks SO much for doing this.

    Sorry to have taken so long btw. I have been almost as busy as you! 😉

    All the very best and with a considerable chunk of gratitude and admiration


    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Cheers for the appreciation Nik. You would have appreciated me more if I hadn’t taken so bloody long to get the results etc. posted. Apologies. Watch this space!