“More Conversations with Pop is a fun-to-read collection of quick flash fiction stories of conversations between a father and his son. Pop has a unique (and sometimes annoying) way of viewing life but always finds ways to impart nuggets of wisdom, while engaging in humorous verbal sparring matches with his son who is always there to keep his father grounded.”
An author of both fiction and non-fiction, Michael Brooks has written stories and articles for several periodicals and websites. “He has an M.A. in Writing Studies, is endeavoring to expand his fiction repertoire, and dreams of being a Jeopardy answer some day.”
I count an even dozen stories in this collection which means they’re around six or seven hundred words each. Flash fiction is short and quick to read. Like Brooks’ original Conversations with Pop these stories are quick conversations that go back and forth between the narrator and “Pop,” his father. I suspect Pop is around my age or slightly older, so I can relate to his way of seeing things. The narrator, while obviously an adult with a kid of his own, doesn’t have Pop’s experience. He’s not as “old and wise.” But both are quick with a quip and the narrator especially skilled at putting Pop in his place when required. I found this fun, funny, and at times an impetus to ponder something from a different angle.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 7-8,000 words