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Published (first published September 25th 2011)
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Jennifer Osterman
Nov 06, 2011 Jennifer Osterman rated it really liked it
I have not read a lot of flash fiction, but I find that, at least in this case, it is quite enjoyable. Aaron Polson has created a platter of deletable appetizers to tempt our imaginations. I found that each vignette made me consider the "what next". In the past I have felt unsatisfied by the nibble of story that flash fiction provides, but in this case, each tidbit was well-sculpted to feel complete, yet enticing.

The subject of these fictions range from the mystical to the macabre, the delightf
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Johann Thorsson
Dec 22, 2011 Johann Thorsson rated it really liked it
Aaron Polson's Small Magic is a book of, well, small magic. It is collection of flash fiction stories (where the idea is that the story should be no longer than 1000 words) that overall are very good. Aaron Polson is a fine writer and often manages to create an atmosphere of dread and wonder.

The main problem with this book is the sheer length of it. There are a lot of stories in this book, and it is hard to sit down and read many flash pieces in one sitting. The best stories are the longer ones
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J.H. Sked
Oct 29, 2011 J.H. Sked rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: horror fans, short fiction fans
I'll hold my hands up to never previously being a fan of flash fiction. The ultra-short story tended to leave me more frustrated than fulfilled; like having someone wave a bit of your favourite treat under your nose and then yank it away from you.

And then I got this.

Every now and then you come across writing that makes you turn green with envy, simply because you never wrote it.
This little book of magic is one of those. From the funny to the outright disturbing, not a single one of these pieces
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Doskoi_panda
Oct 27, 2011 Doskoi_panda rated it it was amazing
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Aaron Polson's flash fiction collection, Small Magic, is composed of brilliant, bite sized, dark short stories, ranging from slightly-off-kilter to downright macabre. The stories do not rely on shock tactics for their effectiveness; instead, the writing is subtle, cleverly and tightly written, all the more impressive considering the length of the stories. He uses touches of black humour and little nudges to prick up the reader's senses to the realisation that something is ever so slightly out of ...more
Katy
Dec 02, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those looking for something to read in quick bites
Aaron Polson again brings his stories to vivid life by using only the bare bones to describe them - these little flash fiction gems are really amazing. Most if not all of the stories are quite dark - some range into horror, but most are, at the least, dark fantasy or dark magical reality. If you are looking for something to be able to read in small snippets in between other tasks, this is the book for you!
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Aaron Polson currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two sons, and a tattooed rabbit. His stories have featured magic goldfish, monstrous beetles, and a book of lullabies for baby vampires. His work has seen print in Shock Totem, Blood Lite II, and Monstrous with several new stories forthcoming in Shimmer, Space and Time, and other publications. The Saints are Dead, a collection of ...more
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