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Dancing On Fly Ash: One Hundred Word Stories contains over sixty stories, each one shorter than one hundred words, ranging in tone from humor to drama, from gritty reality to absurd surrealism.

Inside, a celebrity plane crash is picked over by grave-robbing memorabilia hunters. Image consultants dispense career advice to both Keanu Reeves and the President of the United St
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Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by Lulu.com
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Adrian
Nov 08, 2008 Adrian rated it really liked it
Awesome collection of flash fiction. Bell and Maday do so much with a handful of words. An impressive book...
Erik
Jul 05, 2007 Erik rated it really liked it
Bell and Maday are budding masters of the short-short, with equal parts whimsy and gravitas this is a collection anyone interested in the form shouldn't miss.
Ada Bonnefoi
Dec 22, 2012 Ada Bonnefoi rated it really liked it
Matt Bell and Josh Maday have created with "Dancing on Fly Ash: One Hundred Word Stories" something ... bizarre. No idea if I should call it prose poetry, or simply short stories?! 60 stories, or some more, I have not counted them, in less than 100 words. Now thats something.
Some are funny, some are dark, some are great, some less so. Often the stories are simply too damn short. Yeah I know, thats why the suckers are called short stories, I hear you.

Sure, they still make sense and everything bu
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Daniel
Mar 23, 2009 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This collection of stories is brilliant. It’s a book one can read over and over, and each reading reveals something new. Matt and Josh have a created a book that’s like a multi-course gourmet meal: each story is so delicious that the reader practically inhales it; each one seems so simple, but its complexity is revealed in the lingering aftertaste; and the end of each one leaves the reader both sad it’s over and eagerly anticipating the next course. Presenting a range of characters from the high ...more
Tara
Dec 19, 2008 Tara rated it liked it
I really like what these two authors accomplished. It is very hard to write a story in 100 words. I found I preferred the humorous stories (such as Drunk Dialing in the White House) and the stories that captured a thread of emotion, such as Lucky Penny at the Bus Stop. Would love to see another collection with more along the lines of Lucky Penny.
Peter
Jan 25, 2011 Peter rated it liked it
Enjoyable collection of microfiction. But the problem with micro or even flash fiction is that it's hard to fully engage with a story - no sooner are you intrigued by a character or situation, than it's all over. These stories are no exception. Good stuff, but left me wanting more.
Matthew
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Sixty one hundred word micro stories. Not as good as I had hoped but no real complaints. Some cheap shots mixed in with micro gems. A small, mixed bag.
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Matt Bell is the author of the novel IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, and the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author of two previous books, HOW THEY WERE FOUND and CATACLYSM BABY, and his next novel, SCRAPPER, wi ...more
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