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  • By John Franklin Green
    Sep 21, 2018
    Having just returned from a five day off -grid sojourn where I could catch up on my reading, including Fireburst, I would like to offer a few observations. First of all, although not a particular fan of flash fiction, I did get my money's worth. As a professional visual artist, (i.e. painter, illustrator, designer), I turned to writing to be able to portray a more complete story that static images, that no matter how adroit or complex, can achieve. Hence, flash is not my forte. Most were good reads. Many were clever, some merely clever. Rod Serling would certainly approve of the clever ones were he alive today. Since I write with a fair degree of twists myself, I enjoyed them. Many were poignant, but that is sometimes relative to personal experience. One story regarding a nurse and a doctor with miserable bedside manner fell to that category. At the time, in reality, I found it a good thing that hospitals ban guns on premises or surely I would have shot the doctor and would be writing... More > this from my prison cell. The nurse in the story who felt she failed, found out that she did exactly the right thing. I'm not sure I did. As an admitted Facebook junkie, one story about a fictitious a social media company that ruined a man and his reputation struck a nerve as well. In a far less harmful way Amazon did similar to me - "sorry we banned you, no we can't tell you why..." (I had to got to the CEO directly to get a response) That being said, I would have written a more hostile ending than did the author. Some stories, perhaps quite a few, I suspected sprang from personal experience. One, very well-written, seemed so real that I spoke with the author to confirm my hypothesis. I too derive many of my stories, and characters from real people and actual places and events. A case of fact desperate to become fiction. A few lost me. Some were too involved with linguistic gymnastics, sacrificing clarity for an artsy presentation. When form obscures function the art becomes something like mental masterbation. One such story began with an incredibly long run-on sentence that I read three times and still could not decipher its meaning. The rest of the story lost me rapidly. No doubt my high school English teachers would have handed back my work without even reading the balance had I done that. Come to think of it, I think that did happen more than once.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9780244707712
Publisher
Clarendon House Publications
Published
August 28, 2018
Language
English
Pages
302
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.13 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
Product ID
23777504
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