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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction: Flash Fiction Anthology Review

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Title: Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction: Flash Fiction Anthology
Subtitle: Book 3 (Flash Fiction Anthologies) (Volume 3)
Series: Flashy Fiction Anthologies
Authors: Theodore Jerome Cohen (Author), Alyssa Devine(Author)
Publisher: CreateSpace
Language: English
Paperback ISBN-10: 1981157905 (April 5, 2018)
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1981157907
eBook ASIN: B079NL2S68
Genre: Flash Fiction

Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction: Flash Fiction Anthology Review

Amazon review by Carolyn Wilhelm, reprinted with permission.

5 out of 5 stars

More Fabulous Flash Fiction Tantalizing Tales

April 6, 2018 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

I waited for this new book and am not disappointed with the variety and cleverness of the writing pieces. The author easily sets the stories in scenes from long ago to the modern day from multiple ethnicities and viewpoints. The stories span a wide range of emotion and perspectives. Some will tug at my heart a long time, such as the one set in an orphanage.

There are serious military stories interspersed with humorous animal ones such as Photobomb. All reveal human truths. Most were inspired by interesting or unusual photographs found on the Internet.

My grandmother’s first American words were, “Vel, vel.” She always pronounced them that way and some of the characters did too. I liked that! I am impressed by the ability of the author to authentically represent so many situations with such a deep understanding of human nature. Every story ends with a zinger. I will be thinking about this book for some time to come.

Theodore Jerome Cohen is an Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Star, and a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner for Winter 2018: Best Book in the Anthology category. "Alyssa Devine" is a pen name he uses when he writes Young Adult (YA) novels.

Dr. Cohen says: As in Books 1 and 2 of Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction, the contents of this third anthology, each story 250 words or less in length, are best compared to a handful of peanuts or M&M's. Which is to say, they're tiny, bite-sized morsels that won't let you stop with one! A few of the stories found here were entered into Flash Fiction Challenges managed by the Website Indies Unlimited.
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