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SFS Stories Issue #5: Five Fantasy Flash Fiction Tales of Tragic Love Kindle Edition
Issue #5 debuts with stories about the greatest and most complex of all human traits: Love. But love isn't always sunshine and roses. Often, love and tragedy are inseparably united. From a magical book that threatens to tear a daughter away from her mother, to a man whose love for his late wife invites him to ritually serenade the stars, comes a collection of five magical fantasy tales of misunderstanding, loss, and tragedy, sure to enthrall lovers of flash fiction. Stories from Joshua Grasso, Mike Murphy, A.K. Stuntz, Gary Every, and Sarah LaCourse.
- ASIN : B09MZ8LHM9
- Publication date : December 2, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2616 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 30 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,408 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Admission: my story is one of those included in this volume, so I'll pass over that one without comment.
The other four stories in this volume is each a little gem, very cleverly curated by the editors for their impactful storytelling but also the writers' ability to make these stories live. This is perhaps most clear in the 3rd story, "Love's Betrayal" by A.K. Stuntz, which is a wonderful story of revenge and self-righteous anger gone wrong. The storytelling is propulsive and drives the reader onto its inevitable tragic conclusion. Like a poem, every word counts, and you feel the weight of every sentence (I couldn't imagine cutting this down by a single line). It's a beautiful little story.
Mike Murphy's "The Man Who Serenaded the Stars" is also very poetic--a poem in prose, really, about an annual pilgrimage in song. Gorgeous writing and a very affecting, meditative idea. "The Harp Ballad" by Gary Every is an amusing twist on the fairy tale, written in the unmistakable style of a well-worn folk tale, but with a decidedly modern twist. It's the kind of story you could read over and over again and still enjoy. And finally, we get the most traditional fantasy story of the bunch, though it's fantasy written with tooth and claw--Sarah LaCourse's "Silver and the Perisyths," which is about hunting werewolves (not to spoil too much!). The author possesses a very strong command of atmosphere, and the narrative is tense throughout--right up to the somewhat gory ending. But it's a powerful story of revenge and love lost, and leaves the reader feeling a bit drained at the endless cycle of violence that is often ignored in tales of sword and sorcery. A lot to pack into a very short story!
An excellent volume to read on the sly and think about for the entire week. I highly recommend it!