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DevOps with Kubernetes : Non-Programmer's Handbook hWe finallyave the Kindle reissued As someone who The Fiddler in the Subway has dabbled with flash fiction I recognize the challenges of writing short short or microfiction Every wordas to count for there is absolutely no margin for error no room for luxuryThis collection might aptly be titled The Best of the Best because it is exactly that Each story in contention was nominated by a literary magazine or journal and the guest editor Robert Olen Butler made the final selectionButler says in Trumbull Park (Northeastern Library of Black Literature) his introduction They are small but brimming with our shareduman experience I found the uality of these stories to be uniformly excellent A few didn t connect with me on a personal level but even then I admired the uality of the writingIt s very difficult to pick favorites in a collection like this so I won t even try The stories cover a broad range of issues from the safety of abandoned mine shafts to the irony surrounding a corporate job filled by a long dead employee They span the spectrum from light to dark and the lengths range from a tweet 140 characters to flash 1000 words There is truly something for everyone who likes short fiction a variety of styles and forms give the a subtle rhythm that attests to the skill of the editors The collection will take its place on virtual shelves along with its longer cousins in short fiction from George Saunders on my virtual shelves along with its longer cousins in short fiction from George Saunders Vonnegut and EL Doctorow Note I received a free review copy of this book from the editor The Best Small Fictions 2015 guest editor Robert Olen Butler series editor Tara L MasihWhat a wonderful anthology What a joy What fun Tara L Masih and Cesarz her editors are to be congratulated on assembling what to me is a premier annual anthology of flash fictionThere is a breadth and depthere that readers unfamiliar with flash will likely be astonished by There are uirky funny serious and sentimental selections In other words just about something for everyone This collection is comprised of 55 fictions which were selected by Robert Olen Butler from 105 provided to Rve, cl de l'identit him The remaining selections are listed in an appendixThe opening story By Heart will literally grab you by theeartstrings and set them ringing playing over and over and isn t that exactly what a good story does lodges itself inside you reverbrating ringing playing over and over in your mind and in your soulIt s all but impossible to pick any one best anything but for me there were two stories Exercices de style here tied for the top but immediately followed by others Those two were A Dream with the Wind in It by Kelly Cherry and Before She Was a Memory by Emma Bolden Both incredible stories that will rattle your soulAnother pair of storiesere tripped my trigger in a specific way I love stories that play with time and space and identity and these two are wonderful Scarlet Fever by Stefanie Freele and Let s Say by Julia Strayer On the lighter side were A Notice from the Office of Reclamation by J Duncan Wiley I m sure I was attracted to its minor resemblance to my own unpublished poem Notice of Recall and Dead Gary by Dan Moreau I and probably anyone who Cemetery Planet I has ever worked in a modern office knows Dead Gary Excellentumorous storyMy remaining selections of note from my admittedly personal perspective wereNot About Liz by Catherine Moore a wonderful story with an increadible final sentenceBrisket by Stuart Dybek one of my favorite writers of all time and while I personally might not choose this story of Elämän ja kuoleman kentältä – Sotarunoilija Aarni Suursalon vaikutelmia vapaussodasta his asis best it is definitely up there with any of his best flash fictionsLithopedion by Randall Brown a devastatingly serious fiction addressing a condition which to my best flash fictionsLithopedion by Randall Brown a devastatingly serious fiction addressing a condition which to my is real and can actually The Reluctant Heiress Lone Star Legacy happenChicken Dance by Misty Shipman Ellingburg an interesting look at a one night stand which manages to include American Indian culture Sherman Alexi Chicken Dancing and The Way Some Men Are all in 100 wordsSomething Overheard by It takes many small things to make something big Fifty five acclaimed and emerging writers including Emma Bolden Ron Carlson Kelly Cherry Stuart Dybek Blake Kimzey Roland Leach Bobbie Ann Mason Diane Williams and Hiromi Kawakamiave made the debut of The Best Small Fictions 2015 something significant something worthwhile and something necessary Featuring spotlights on Pleiades journal and Michael Martone this international volume with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler serving as guest editor and award winning editor Tara L Masih as series editor is a celebration of the diversity and uality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1000 wordsWhatever one calls them flash fictions microfictions short shorts the number of outl. Isite example of something finely done Bunny Goodjohn Mom Egg Review Other than occasional stories this is the first collection of flash or small fiction I Les Osismes Peuple de l'Occident Gaulois have read And thisas been an interesting exciting and in some ways educational experience I m learning that as in so many other things in life I ave much to learn about this story form But I Will Not I will not that inhibit my enthusiastic review of this bookWhen I began reading I ad decided to use post it markers to mark those stories I enjoyed Well that didn t work as I uickly realized that I would run through my supply of markers So I broke my book commandment and wrote in the book Gasp I am doing that lately and feel the eyes of my early teachers scowling at me But at the same time I believe they would be appy I am so invested in "READING AS AN ADULTI FOUND THAT I ENJOYED PROBABLY " as an adultI found that I enjoyed probably of the stories in this book to one degree or another Some I loved The Garden Sky stands out in my mind and I will read that many times And Pistols at Twenty Paces that took me back to another place and then left me thinkingWhat as amazed me is The Kitchen Linens Book Using Sharing and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives how much can be said so uickly so economically I also found that there were a couple of stories that I found difficult and actually off putting but alsoad to respect for the skill of their presentation Wimbledon was one such for me My primary take away from the world of small fictions is that there will be much disagreement about what is good and what is skilled These all show skill but they all grab people differently And they ave to grab uickly How they do it will determine who will enjoy the story So this is an odd form I invite everyone I know to give it a try I believe you will laugh cry shudder become angry or possibly disgusted All good appropriate uman emotions Honestly earned by these stories I don t know which will be your favorites though I d love to compare notesI fully intend to check out other works from several of the authors included There are 55 fictions included of which I liked 43 to some degree or other Not bad Perhaps I am under rating this book perhaps a 45 is in order This is where ratings are so difficultI Thank You God For Everything heartily recommend this collection and also Butler s recommendation to read the stories a few at a time That seemed to work well for meI was provided with an ARC through the editor in return for anonest review When I Dirla tutta sul mercato globale. Idee per un'economia mondiale assennata heard Moira Crone speak a couple of weekends ago in response to a uestion she talked ofow a novel is a journey but a short story is about a moment I d started this book at the time so I silently wondered if that meant small fictions are about less than a moment My own belief and I m sure I stole it from somewhere is that the best of long short stories live beyond the page and that s even truer of shorter fictionNot only Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing have series editor Tara L Masih guest editor Robert Olen Butler and their staff done fans of small fictions a great service rounding up the best of the past year so we don tave to Mordecai Cubitt Cooke Victorian Naturalist Mycologist Teacher and Eccentric hunt for them in the various journals they originally appeared in but this inaugural volume will also be a great introduction for the curiousNo one person will like every single story and that s a tribute toow varied this collection is I m on record in a couple of reviews saying flash fiction sometimes frustrates me I don t always get it but that s also true of my relationship with poetry and in many ways a small fiction writer is a poet the writer The Gold's Gym Training Encyclopedia having to do so much with less I guarantee you there will be surprises I inwardly groaned at the title of Pistols at Twenty Paces On the Last Recorded Duel in Hancock County Mississippi April 23 1866 but this piece by Michael Garriga is probably my favorite a lesson to not only not judge a piece by its title but probably not even to judge a short by its label I received an ARC of this book from the editor Thisas not affected my review. ulkner cofounder of 100 word review. Ulkner cofounder of 100 Word author of FissuresThe loud and long message of the seemingly uiet and the definitely short is in ample supply in The Best Small Fictions 2015 From a mother’s fury over misspelled words in Dee Cohen’s ‘By Heart’ to a father’s disintegration in David Mellerick Lynch’s ‘Lunar Deep’ there is pathos depth and welcome language fireworks in these small gems Chekhov would be proud of ow briefly these writers manage to speak on lengthy subjects Nuala Ní Chonchúir author of Miss EmilyThe Best Small Fictions 2015 is essential reading for anyone who enjoys not just small fiction but fiction in general Don't miss it Robert Swartwood editor of Hint FictionAn Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Few.

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story of life death and survival in the West Texas landscapeShaping Air by Danielle McLaughlin a story of Redeeming the Republic Federalists Taxation and the Origins of the Constitution hands and balloon animals love and magicI loved reading this anthology and I do soope it continues year after year after year It is great it is wonderful and it is reuired reading for anyone interested in flash and its amazing ability to distill the length and breadth of fiction as a whole into intense bite sized pieces that will set your mind and soul ringingMy advice get it read it be enlightened PS added 112716 I now must add Scarlet Fever by Stefanie Freele as one of my favorites to my review I read another story by Sherrie Flick The Way You See It from Guide to the Contemporary Harp her first collection I Call This Flirting which jumped back and forth in time something I love when it s done well and I thought of this story but damned if I could remember its name or author Took two days to find itey but I got to Revisit Many Titlesstories In The many titlesstories in the and I must say this story excels at being in the past and the presentfuture at once Wonderful story wonderful anthology Looking say this story excels at being in the past and the presentfuture at once Wonderful story wonderful anthology Looking to the next one Come on 2017 Favorites Wimbledon by Seth Brady Tucker Scale by Michael Martone Happiest Black White Man Alive by Dan Gil You Must Intercept the Blue Box Before It Gets to the City by Ron Carlson which is super fun and most of all Something Overheard by Yennie Chung which Plato and Parmenides: Parmenides' Way of Truth and Plato's Parmenides hit me reallyard A lot of power I teach a flash fiction class titled The Brilliance of Brevity This excellent and compelling anthology captures just that At a mere six lines Stuart Dybek s Inland S Nearly 45 In this very strong anthology of flash fiction stories range from Tweet length to a few pages but are always under 1000 words Titles and first lines carry a lot of weight One of the best openers is I didn t recognize Il metodo dell'ovulazione. Atlante her withouter With Krishna's Eyes head Before She Was a Memory Emma Bolden In genre the stories run the gamut fromistorical fiction to whimsical fantasy a boy who turns into a bear and a dead office employee who keeps showing up for workYou ll be introduced to a wealth of fresh and existing talent There are literally dozens of stand outs Investir dans l'or : le petit manuel pratique here but if Iad to choose a top 3 they d be A Notice from the Office of Reclamation by J Duncan Wiley The Lunar Deep by David Mellerick Lynch and overall favorite Something Overheard by Yennie CheungSee my full review at BookTrib I m proud to Yoga in the Workplace have served as Consulting Editor for this excellent book It is a brilliant compilation of small fictions from some of the best writers of the form I plan to use this book as a teaching tool at the Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver Iighly recommend it for all creative writing teachers workshop leaders etc But also this is just a fantastic read Kudos to Tara Masih Robert Olen Butler and all of the contributors Here s what some reviewers L'ORTHOGRAPHE FACILE - ORTHOGRAPHE D'USAGE, REGLES GRAMMATICALES, HOMONYMES, DICTIONNAIRE ORTHOGRAPHIQUE have said about our small press bestsellerThis is truly a well selected collection and itas given me a new appreciation for small fiction The Best Small Fictions 2015 will make you a believer in small fiction as literature Joseph Spuckler Evil Cyclist s Bookshelf What an astonishing book ow practically every fiction seems a vaster story told in brief XJ KennedyWith Best Small Fictions 2015 readers will be introduced to a wealth of fresh and existing talent Discover some aunting voices for yourself this fall Rebecca Foster BookTribThe best of these stories drop us with a minimum of The Mark of Cain handolding into moments of Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque : St Seiya, tome 27 human extremity Jack Feerick PopdoseI ll confess I m usually not excited by best of anthologies Then along comes The Best Small Fictions 2015 edited by Robert Olen Butler and Tara L Masih to change my mind about anthologies Kathryn Kulpa KYSO FlashEach short shortands over an exu. Ets where such pieces are published continue to grow along with the interest of readers and writers in the form The time is right for a Best of the Year anthology Stuart Dybek author of The Coast of Chicago and Ecstatic CahootsThese small fictions are small only in length not in impact Their minuteness provides a different lens upon life one that illuminates the telling yet elusive moments that bigger stories often overlook A different slant on the truth emerges not in spite of their length but because of it Short shorts often seem like the uiet stepchild in the fiction family overshadowed by vociferous novels not uite dressed in the right attire as conventional short stories A series celebrating these tiny gems is long overdue Grant Fa.
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