Today, I’m reviewing a book review of HINTING AT SHADOWS, a book of flash fiction by Sarah Brentyn.
I have to say this is a first for me—multiple firsts, actually. My first time reading a book of flash fiction and my first time reviewing one.
In any case, here’s my review! 🙂
I thought, well, I don’t know, what the heck, you know? Give it a try. And I’m so glad I did.
It’s just each little story is like, I don’t know how to describe it. It’s like a revelation or it can affect you in various ways, reading each one. It could be like a revelation, like a punch in the stomach, like a slap in the face, or like just a moment of “Wow!” Kind of like that.
I mean, it’s like good poetry, I guess. And it’s just short, and it’s like capturing a moment or a feeling or something like that. And these were so skillfully written that I really truly enjoyed them.
Another thing about flash fiction, it’s not the kind of thing that you sort of read and gulp down. It’s more like little concentrated morsels that you savor with each bite, as it were. So they’re like bite-sized candies or something, where you don’t want to eat a whole lot of them at once, but it’s cool to just dip in and read them a bit at a time. And that’s what I did.
Just took one at a time and or two or three, actually. Once I read one, I wanted to read more. But it’s also like I wanted to experience them a little more slowly at the same time. So it’s paradoxical, I guess.
But I really enjoyed the book, and it’s kind of inspired me to write my own flash fiction, which I thought I’d never do. So I was just want to thank the author Sarah Brentyn for writing this book, and I’m so glad I found your blog, because that’s how I know about your book. So thanks, and I’ll talk to you later!
You can buy HINTING AT SHADOWS here!
Sarah Brentyn says
Thank you so much, Debbi! This is a first for me. I’ve never had anyone review my book on video (or vlog or booktube or whatever the kids are calling it these days). As you can tell, I’m not a big YouTube person so I think I managed to like and comment there.
Anyway, the review is wonderful. It made my whole week. Thank you! ?