Book review: 44 Lies by 22 Liars – Flash fiction from Post Mortem Press

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Your mileage will definitely vary with this collection of flash fiction from Post Mortem Press. I almost gave up on this book. I was deep into two novels at the time and decided to read the odd flash piece as a break. It didn’t really work for me so I left it alone until I’d finished the other books. I am sure glad that I did. I went through the book initially reading the pieces by writers who I enjoy reading and some of these stories were great then I read the rest of the collection and found myself enjoying it quite a bit.

One of the real standouts is Jessica McHugh’s ‘The D-Word’. It’s a short piece about a service robot and was one of the most original in the collection, gave me a little bit of the feels too and Robert Essig also impressed with ‘Names on the Sidewalk’ – another story that had a bit of an emotional slant to it. Overall, the first half of the book was perhaps the most impressive. J. David Anderson’s contributions were all very solid as was ‘Passive’ by Paul Michael Anderson – a very Anderson-style story condensed into a bitesize chunk. ‘Like Something Died’ by Max Booth III is about a dog…and that’s all I will say about it other than it’s a cool piece and ‘Adaptable’ by Kenneth W. Cain was also pretty damn good.

A lot of the writers in the second half of the book I am not familiar with. Most produced very solid efforts and I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly these authors were able to suck me into their stories. ‘The Lightening Makes a Stop’ by Christian A. Larsen was a weird tale about a death-row inmate who gets executed by electrocution and ‘Stalker’ by Josef Matulich tells of a stalker (obviously) who follows the wrong woman.

Like I said earlier, your mileage may well vary with this flash fiction collection. The really good stories linger long in the memory after you have finished reading though one or two simply pass you by without a second thought. I picked this e-book up for 99c so you can’t grumble at that price. Give it a go, especially if you are a fan of flash fiction.

Pick up a copy from here.

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