* (Micro fiction 10 to 100 words) (Flash fiction 101 to less than 1000 words)* * Stories on the higher end - 500 words and above, mostly appear in mag...more* (Micro fiction 10 to 100 words) (Flash fiction 101 to less than 1000 words)* * Stories on the higher end - 500 words and above, mostly appear in magazines and newspaper supplements. *
Most of the stories stand out, specially the ones that are more dialogue oriented than narration oriented. It is difficult to write in so few words and yet leave the readers satisfied.
I downloaded this on National Flash Fiction Day (16 May) when the author offered it for free since I enjoy writing and reading micro and flash fiction. (less)
I give this a between 4 and 4.5 rating. I received a copy for review through the group Knights of the Round Table on Goodreads. I thank the author and...moreI give this a between 4 and 4.5 rating. I received a copy for review through the group Knights of the Round Table on Goodreads. I thank the author and the group for the same.
This is a debut novel by the author Brinda Berry in the young adult – fantasy category. The protoganist Mia has a neurological condition, synaesthesia where the mixing of the senses enables her to see colors within sounds, smells, and words. The story begin in a calm, everyday manner with high schooler Mia’s interaction with a busy but protective father, musings over her missing elder brother Pete and her science project in the woods adjoining their rather secluded home. Austin and Em are Mia's best friends, though Austin would like to trade the friend tag for something more, something Mia can’t see him as. It is the chance photographing of seemingly shady characters Regulus and Arizona that hurtles her into a far secretive, deceptive and at times dangerous world beyond the ordinary. She is literally pushed into the other dimension in her part of the woods with Regulus and Arizona turning out to be “enforcers” with an inter-dimensional monitoring agency IIA. Their apparent knowledge of her brother and their story makes them trustworthy but a series of incidents and interactions with her project mentor threatens to change everything to a point where she doesn't know whom to trust. The primary characters, romantic partners Mia and Regulus are strong and vulnerable in their own way. The secondary ones whom we may see more of in the later books like Arizona and Austin shine through with humour and risk taking loyalty respectively. The concept of portals which I expected to reveal an alien world but unveils a totally different one was a great move by the author. The act of betrayal at the end is again unexpected though the way the scenes are incorporated left me with an unsettled feeling as a reader. Maybe, the next book will expand on it and make it clearer.
Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to lovers of YA fantasy that is not based on magic.
The review will be posted in my blog and at Amazon in a few days.(less)
I give it a 4.5 rating. Very raw with a natural flow to the words. Contemporary topics chosen, centred around relationships of various kinds...it is a b...moreI give it a 4.5 rating. Very raw with a natural flow to the words. Contemporary topics chosen, centred around relationships of various kinds...it is a beautiful example of how minimal words can be used for powerful imagery, some of them moving you to think and feel about situations and events entombed in the words. Most of the pieces have a tinge of sadness, pain in observation reflecting the natural emotional/spirtiual growth in us as people. My kind of poetry.(less)