Genre: Short Story Collection/Flash Fiction
“A collection of very short, humorous-sad stories with unpredictable endings. Dedicated to all those who supported someone suffering with cancer or any serious illness.”
A native of Chicago, Richard Bell is a former sailor for the Navy and bass player in rock bands. This is his first book.
This collection of short stories is exactly as advertised. Short stories with a mix of sad and humorous aspects. Most, if not all, could be called “Flash Fiction,” which is generally defined as short stories under 1,000 words long. Quirky (as described in the subtitle) is another excellent word to describe these stories. The only downside I found is that with such short stories, touching on many similar things, can feel too repetitive. Short reading sessions, reading just a few stories at a time, will prevent that.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 60-65,000 words