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Short Circuits by Bruce Boston
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Jun 02, 2011

it was amazing

Bruce Boston is the first writer whose range of style and knowledge embodies what I imagine to be the finest speculative fiction, and his Short Circuits is an important primer on the art of flash fiction.

It starts off with the poignant “In the Eyes of Old Dogs.” From the perspective of pet dogs, the story startlingly gives insight on the human condition.

“Reflections of a Former Self” is an issue on the nature of reality. It begins with the unapologetic statement: “He noticed that in the presence of mirrors her vanity surfaced.”

There’s the quirky story about the “precise” character named Finch, who takes precision to absurd levels.

A memorable story, “The Separation,” is an erudite take on materialism. An excerpt:

“Objects,” his burnished wife told him, “the world is composed merely of objects. Yet one must choose the proper objects… ”


The grisly “Separate Vacations” tells how a husband receives his wife’s body parts in the mail, and yes, they are mailed one part at a time.

The satirical “The Cocksman Speaks” is a delight, like an exotic-fruit-flavored ice cream.

“Interregnum” is deliciously blasphemous.

The last story, “Musing,” is a fairy tale on hallucinogens: “Her thighs slide up my body, down, gold hairs sparking, and I know that she’s not in the circus for nothing…”

(Loved this book. Bought from Fictionwise during a lunch break, 2010.)
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