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Flashes in the Pan by Raymond Grant Reviewed by Lea Schizas
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Flashes in the Pan: Fifty Short Stories for the Impatient
by Raymond Grant
 
Ebook now available at Double Dragon Publishing
Large print paperback available at Lulu
 

Cause for burst appendixes? Flashes in the Pan!
 
Flashes in the Pan: Fifty Short Stories for the Impatient by Raymond Grant has to be the quickest and funniest read I've come across in a while. Grant has demonstrated with his book of flash fiction that there is no need for an extensive amount of wordage in order to delight, to touch, and to transmit an enjoyable experience to a reader.
 
Just to give you a taste of what you are in for, here is one of my top favorites:
 
Gardening
 
As an avid reader, I am always looking for odd stories and unusual writings. Recently, I ran across a news release by the Opyt Foundation. It highlighted the awarding of annual grants and was written by their new Publicist, Harriet Schafer.
 
What tweaked my curiosity was that Ms. Schafer had titled herself, Pubicist. Being a logophile, I immediately went to my unabridged dictionary and discovered that no such word existed.
 
What an opportunity! I could be the first to define a new word that was in vogue. After serious deliberation among well-reasoned candidates, I finally decided upon:
 
            Pubicist: One who tends the gardens around the base of Mons Pubis.
 
As you can see, Ray's Flashes in the Pan are exactly that, quick and fun reads for anytime of the day.
 
His flash fiction tales are perfect examples of how flashes should be written. This book is not only entertaining, but the educational value attached to it as a learning tool on how to write flash fiction surpasses the value of two for the price of one.
 
Not all of his tales are humorous. One in particular, which gripped my sentimental side, was based on a dog named Daisy, my very own pup’s name. This was another perfect portrait of this writer’s capability to transfer a range of  emotions to his reader.
 
The book is divided into the following sections:
 
PART 1 FLASHES OF HUMOR
 
PART 2 FLASHES OF THE OLD WEST
 
PART 3 FLASHES ABOUT CATS AND DOGS
 
PART 4 FLASHES OF CHILDHOOD
 
PART 5 FLASHES IN THE DARK 
 
PART 6 FLASHES OF COMMERCE
 
PART 7 FLASHES AMONG VENUS, MARS, AND OTHER PLANETS 
                             
Raymond Grant offers a reader a different area of interest to poke fun at, to heighten its insanity, to bring the fight of ‘man against woman’ to the forefront, to tickle your funny bone, Every Which Way But Loose as the Clint Eastwood movie title goes.
 
If you are searching for an antidote for ‘boredom’, then Flashes in the Pan: Fifty Short Stories for the Impatient is your prescription. A Very Good Read.
 
Lea Schizas – Muse Book Reviewer
 
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