May 302011

Inklings by Aparna Warrier
Rating: 3/5
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s website

This is a collection of flash fiction stories covering a wide variety of topics.

Flash fiction stories are very short, often only a page or two. The main purpose is usually to describe a specific situation in order to generate a specific emotion. They are a condensed shot of words.

I found this to be a nice read, suitable as an introduction to flash fiction with pieces ranging from a few lines to a few pages. I did find that some of the shorter pieces seemed to fit together which lead to a more defined larger picture, but reduced the impact of the individual stories.

My favourite piece was The Revolt of the Coconut Trees. It was humorous with a touch of science fiction. I also enjoyed Always and Oil on Canvas, which were each only a few lines, but managed to convey strong emotions.

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