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Enjoy this entertaining collection of flash fiction stories, and their short and sweet expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our p Enjoy this entertaining collection of flash fiction stories, and their short and sweet expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people. Follow the British way of life from historic villages to modern cities, from the countryside to the sea, through history and with a fantasy twist, in gardens, shops, campus and the familiar, much-loved local pub. The stories cover universal themes of romance, desire, remembrance and reconciliation. The authors range from multi-published to up-and-coming, and they all share a passion for their characters, whether through great drama, erotic excitement, humour—or a combination of all three! Contents: The worst pub in London / JL Merrow — Our place / Clare London — We’ll always have Brighton / Zahra Owens — Commission and omission / Charlie Cochrane — Paint / Stevie Carroll — Ben’s new colleague / Serena Yates — Giving it up / Josephine Myles — Thoughts in spring / Mara Ismine — Mouth Almighty / Victoria Blisse — Reunion / Lisa Worrall — While the boys are away / Lucy Felthouse — Nessie / Caroline Stephens — Slap and Motley / Sandra Lindsey — Like a girl / JL Merrow — Last client / Jay Rookwood — Sunshine Superman / Elin Gregory — Escape to the country / Stevie Woods — Prince Charming’s Buttons / Stevie Carroll — Yesterday upon the stairs / Erastes — Benefits of peace / Alex Beecroft — They who come after the stories end / Sophia Deri-Bowen A revealing collection of short LGBT fiction, available free of charge from Smashwords; edited by: Josephine Myles, Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London and JL Merrow. This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love.


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Enjoy this entertaining collection of flash fiction stories, and their short and sweet expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our p Enjoy this entertaining collection of flash fiction stories, and their short and sweet expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people. Follow the British way of life from historic villages to modern cities, from the countryside to the sea, through history and with a fantasy twist, in gardens, shops, campus and the familiar, much-loved local pub. The stories cover universal themes of romance, desire, remembrance and reconciliation. The authors range from multi-published to up-and-coming, and they all share a passion for their characters, whether through great drama, erotic excitement, humour—or a combination of all three! Contents: The worst pub in London / JL Merrow — Our place / Clare London — We’ll always have Brighton / Zahra Owens — Commission and omission / Charlie Cochrane — Paint / Stevie Carroll — Ben’s new colleague / Serena Yates — Giving it up / Josephine Myles — Thoughts in spring / Mara Ismine — Mouth Almighty / Victoria Blisse — Reunion / Lisa Worrall — While the boys are away / Lucy Felthouse — Nessie / Caroline Stephens — Slap and Motley / Sandra Lindsey — Like a girl / JL Merrow — Last client / Jay Rookwood — Sunshine Superman / Elin Gregory — Escape to the country / Stevie Woods — Prince Charming’s Buttons / Stevie Carroll — Yesterday upon the stairs / Erastes — Benefits of peace / Alex Beecroft — They who come after the stories end / Sophia Deri-Bowen A revealing collection of short LGBT fiction, available free of charge from Smashwords; edited by: Josephine Myles, Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London and JL Merrow. This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love.

30 review for British Flash: A revealing collection of short LGBT fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Delightful collection of very short stories in a wide assortment of genres, united by the common theme of being British and gay (be it male or female). I did skip some of the stories that weren't to my taste, but I really enjoyed the ones I read and wished many of them were longer - particularly the one about the rook shifter. :) Delightful collection of very short stories in a wide assortment of genres, united by the common theme of being British and gay (be it male or female). I did skip some of the stories that weren't to my taste, but I really enjoyed the ones I read and wished many of them were longer - particularly the one about the rook shifter. :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kassa

    British Flash is a collection of flash fiction stories – just a few pages each – that center on being gay and British. There are 21 stories with 16 m/m, 3 f/f, 1 m/m/f, and one gender bending story. So there truly is a wide range of stories for everyone but the collection will still appeal most to m/m fans. This is an especially good collection if you’re looking to taste various authors you haven’t tried before. I found those authors I usually quite like to shine very well here while a few surpr British Flash is a collection of flash fiction stories – just a few pages each – that center on being gay and British. There are 21 stories with 16 m/m, 3 f/f, 1 m/m/f, and one gender bending story. So there truly is a wide range of stories for everyone but the collection will still appeal most to m/m fans. This is an especially good collection if you’re looking to taste various authors you haven’t tried before. I found those authors I usually quite like to shine very well here while a few surprised me and I’ll definitely be looking at their backlists. Of the 21 stories, several easily stood out while the others are enjoyable. There are no real missteps or bad stories in the collection and each is enjoyable in its own way. Some aren’t to my taste but reader desires do vary so be sure to check it out on your own first. Plus it’s free, so there’s no real reason not to get this delightful and fun collection. Those stories that stood out for me are “Commission and Omission” for the depth of emotion Charlie Cochrane can pull out of a reader in just a few pages. It’s amazing and shows why she’s such a good historical author. The story is bittersweet and sad but it packs an emotional punch. On the flip side is Mara Ismine’s utterly adorable wererook story “Thoughts in Spring” which easily stands out as my favorite in a group of well written, entertaining stories. This is one story that starts very cute and ends just as strongly. Others that I’d easily recommend are “Nessie” by Caroline Stephens about the Loch Ness monster legend and “Last Client” by Jay Rookwood, a moving story about a young man that’s matured and understands need, death, and love. Also not to be missed are the final three stories of the collection, ending very strongly with “Yesterday Upon the Stair” by Erastes, “Benefits of Peace” by Alex Beecroft, and “They Who Came After the Stories End” by Sophia Deri-Bowen. The last three are historical while the former two are contemporary but they all combine to offer touching and affecting snippets of love and affection. While those are arguably my favorites the collection remains strong with entertaining offerings with great humor by the delightful JL Merrow and Josephine Myles. There are also a number of new authors that show very well with quick glimpses into romance. The majority of the collection is mild as far as erotica but the non-m/m stories are mostly explicit for those that want some sex with their love. The uniquely British settings and accents create a cohesive form for the stories and one of the more enjoyable elements. Overall this is an impressive collection and an incredibly easy one to recommend. Especially as it’s free, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have gotten this already. You won’t regret it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    A collection of short stories, all centred round the theme of being British and gay, available for free here. It's quite a diverse collection, with quite a few different genres. Some of the stories are joyous, celebratory of lives lived together; others are sadder and tinged with regret. At least one deals with polyamory, and gender issues, and one of them is fantasy, including a were-rook. All in all, there's probably something to please everyone, and it's a bit like a taster package -- lets you A collection of short stories, all centred round the theme of being British and gay, available for free here. It's quite a diverse collection, with quite a few different genres. Some of the stories are joyous, celebratory of lives lived together; others are sadder and tinged with regret. At least one deals with polyamory, and gender issues, and one of them is fantasy, including a were-rook. All in all, there's probably something to please everyone, and it's a bit like a taster package -- lets you sample the talent on offer. It does trouble me that the majority of the stories are m/m, and the majority of the authors female. It's a focus familiar from fandom, of course, but I wish m/m writing wasn't such a female-dominated genre -- the possibility of fetishisation and drowning out people who should feel most welcome to write m/m fiction makes me uncomfortable sometimes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Hot and cold. Cluster of quickies. Toe dipping. A collection of short stories, and by short I mean a handful of pages, by various authors. Some m/m. Some f/f/. Some m/m/f. I found a few hilarious and clever, I found a few confusing or plain weird, and a few I would have adored a novella or even a decent novel. A great way to taste a dozen authors at once. All and all it was fun and a decent way to spend a pinch of your time. Some barely 2 stars, yet a couple were almost solid 4 stars. Will settle on * Hot and cold. Cluster of quickies. Toe dipping. A collection of short stories, and by short I mean a handful of pages, by various authors. Some m/m. Some f/f/. Some m/m/f. I found a few hilarious and clever, I found a few confusing or plain weird, and a few I would have adored a novella or even a decent novel. A great way to taste a dozen authors at once. All and all it was fun and a decent way to spend a pinch of your time. Some barely 2 stars, yet a couple were almost solid 4 stars. Will settle on *3.5 quirky-UK-lovin' stars*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tam

    This is a small collection of flash fiction (2-3 pages each) with a distinctly British flavour. I won't go into each one, but it's free so you have no excuse not to pick it up yourself. Some are quirky and amusing, some are memories of love lost, some tackle more serious themes. There are historicals, contemporaries and even a very appropriate paranormal with a perfect ending to the whole anthology. There are also a couple of f/f and and m/m/f so if you wanted to try one of those but didn't want This is a small collection of flash fiction (2-3 pages each) with a distinctly British flavour. I won't go into each one, but it's free so you have no excuse not to pick it up yourself. Some are quirky and amusing, some are memories of love lost, some tackle more serious themes. There are historicals, contemporaries and even a very appropriate paranormal with a perfect ending to the whole anthology. There are also a couple of f/f and and m/m/f so if you wanted to try one of those but didn't want to pay for it, here's your chance to see if you like it in a couple of pages. All excellent authors with different visions of Britain. This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love. I'm looking forward to the Tea and Crumpet anthology which will be on sale soon with more comprehensive stories with a popular British flavour.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    This is an great collection of short-short stories, all centered around being British. Reading it will give you an impression of the writing styles of quite a few British GLBTQ writers - and it's free! Even though one of the stories is mine (and I'm not rating that), I still think this anthology as a whole deserves five stars. This is an great collection of short-short stories, all centered around being British. Reading it will give you an impression of the writing styles of quite a few British GLBTQ writers - and it's free! Even though one of the stories is mine (and I'm not rating that), I still think this anthology as a whole deserves five stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deeze

    A couple of sweet little gems that I would love to read more on are hidden among these little snippets. Giving it Up by Josephine Myles was fun and sweet. Thoughts in Spring by Mara Ismine was perhaps my favourite. Shifter with a difference. Reunion by Lisa Worrall Predictable but still one of my favourite scenarios.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog

    ~~~ A collection of lgbt romance flash stories (micro shorts). Highly Recommended! This was great fun and also deeply moving in places. There wasn't a single story that I didn't care for and some of the writing was exceptional. What a delightful way to get to read many authors I've been meaning to try. Not to be missed! Free to d/l at Rainbow eBooks: http://tinyurl.com/b56b96n ~~~ Take a look at my Male/Male Romance Book Blog: http://www.attentionisarbitrary.blogspot.com ~~~ A collection of lgbt romance flash stories (micro shorts). Highly Recommended! This was great fun and also deeply moving in places. There wasn't a single story that I didn't care for and some of the writing was exceptional. What a delightful way to get to read many authors I've been meaning to try. Not to be missed! Free to d/l at Rainbow eBooks: http://tinyurl.com/b56b96n ~~~ Take a look at my Male/Male Romance Book Blog: http://www.attentionisarbitrary.blogspot.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mara Ismine

    I do have a story in this anthology, but I am rating the others not mine! This is a great collection and covers a wide range of GLBT genres in very short bites of around a thousand words. There is something here for everyone, and naturally it is unlikely that all the stories will appeal to everyone. This is a free download so there isn't the 'out of pocket' feeling over those that aren't to your taste. Give it a try for that fantastic cover if nothing else! :) I do have a story in this anthology, but I am rating the others not mine! This is a great collection and covers a wide range of GLBT genres in very short bites of around a thousand words. There is something here for everyone, and naturally it is unlikely that all the stories will appeal to everyone. This is a free download so there isn't the 'out of pocket' feeling over those that aren't to your taste. Give it a try for that fantastic cover if nothing else! :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lady*M

    British Flash, as the name suggests, reads like hors d'oeuvres of fiction - the offerings are yummy, but they leave you wanting more. I know it made my wish list longer, since I added a couple of books written by these authors to it. The anthology is diverse and everyone should find something for themselves, which is the best recommendation for it. British Flash, as the name suggests, reads like hors d'oeuvres of fiction - the offerings are yummy, but they leave you wanting more. I know it made my wish list longer, since I added a couple of books written by these authors to it. The anthology is diverse and everyone should find something for themselves, which is the best recommendation for it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews

    I enjoyed some of the stories much more than others but all together I liked it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kay Berrisford

    A fabulous selection, and a great introduction to a group of great writers. It made me want to read more of all of their work - lots to add to the 'to read' list then!!! A fabulous selection, and a great introduction to a group of great writers. It made me want to read more of all of their work - lots to add to the 'to read' list then!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Don Bradshaw

    Nice collection. Free on jmsbooks.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eva Müller

    Enjoy this entertaining collection of flash fiction stories, and their short and sweet expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. So what it means to be queer in Britain is that you meet random good-looking strangers, are attracted to them and discover quickly that the attraction is mutual (description of follow-up sex is optional) or you find yourself attracted to your best friend and discover the attraction is mutual (description of follow-up sex is optional) or meet Enjoy this entertaining collection of flash fiction stories, and their short and sweet expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. So what it means to be queer in Britain is that you meet random good-looking strangers, are attracted to them and discover quickly that the attraction is mutual (description of follow-up sex is optional) or you find yourself attracted to your best friend and discover the attraction is mutual (description of follow-up sex is optional) or meet your old high-school crush again and discover that he also had a crush on you (decription of...well you know) or you are already in a great relationship and have just great sex. Don't get me wrong: I don't mind something short and sweet...but that was basically the same stoy told over and over and over and over again...and I'm not even sure if I can call it story at all because there wasn't any sign of conflict in most of the story. One story actually dealt with a couple who had relationship troubles that started before the story and then sort of tried to make up...another was about a WW II-veteran visiting the grave of his lover...but even that somehow didn't really touch me. The rest were all rainbows and butterflies...but the characters never developed enough depths that I could feel for them and be glad that their life goes so well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    K.Z. Snow

    I love flash fiction. It's similar to an amuse bouche in the culinary world -- a tiny, teasing sample of the chef's skill. What a treat this literary sampler platter is, beginning with Alex Beecroft's cleverly appropriate cover. The stories range from poignant to playful (loved the wererooks!) and most display meticulous attention to detail and nuance. And therein lies the success or failure of flash. Because each piece offers a glimpse at something -- in this case, relationships -- rather than a I love flash fiction. It's similar to an amuse bouche in the culinary world -- a tiny, teasing sample of the chef's skill. What a treat this literary sampler platter is, beginning with Alex Beecroft's cleverly appropriate cover. The stories range from poignant to playful (loved the wererooks!) and most display meticulous attention to detail and nuance. And therein lies the success or failure of flash. Because each piece offers a glimpse at something -- in this case, relationships -- rather than an exploration, the author must have enough talent to make that glimpse vivid and evocative. These authors have that talent in spades. Most of the tidbits were very satisfying. (I'm afraid I'm not too fond of MFM or MMF or any scrambling of M with F. But hey, that's merely a personal preference.) I wish more such collections were available. They could be grouped by country (Canada, Australia) or even state ('cause a collection of US flash would end up, like those M/M Romance group anthologies, about 3,000 stories long). They could be grouped by theme (BDSM, paranormal, yaoi, etc.) Hurry up; I'm waiting! :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    France-Andrée

    Really quick reads around 10 pages each. All the stories are very good, I really enjoyed this. What I appreciated was that each story has a short (a sentence or two) synopsis in the index. I especially liked the story "Commission and Omission" by Charlie Cochrane which is about someone remembering is war years, I am looking forward to reading some more fiction from this author. I also really liked "Reunion" by Lisa Worrall because it is about a class reunion and I don't know why those are always Really quick reads around 10 pages each. All the stories are very good, I really enjoyed this. What I appreciated was that each story has a short (a sentence or two) synopsis in the index. I especially liked the story "Commission and Omission" by Charlie Cochrane which is about someone remembering is war years, I am looking forward to reading some more fiction from this author. I also really liked "Reunion" by Lisa Worrall because it is about a class reunion and I don't know why those are always interesting to me probably has something to do with having past my 20 years reunion a couple of years ago. I totally fell in love with the last short-story in the book called "They Who Come After the Stories End" by Sophia Deri-Bowen; it's about characters who only lived in someone imagination, they were given lives, but never a story; it is a little nonsensical, but I tend to like those kind of stories.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lil' Grogan

    Rating is for work as a whole, not individual stories. The two stories I enjoyed were by Mara Ismine and Elin Gregory - good story telling and writing flow. Unfortunately, I was bored by most of the stories, which only left me time to pick at the writing. I'm not generally a fan of slice of life stories (which these mainly were) and prefer those with intent. Useful for a sampler of authors since it's free. Though, at the end, I wonder if it didn't turn me off more of them since there is only one Rating is for work as a whole, not individual stories. The two stories I enjoyed were by Mara Ismine and Elin Gregory - good story telling and writing flow. Unfortunately, I was bored by most of the stories, which only left me time to pick at the writing. I'm not generally a fan of slice of life stories (which these mainly were) and prefer those with intent. Useful for a sampler of authors since it's free. Though, at the end, I wonder if it didn't turn me off more of them since there is only one other author besides the two mentioned above that I intend to read again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Carter

    A very mixed bag, of course, as anthologies always—almost by definition—are. Three levels of “heat” as determined by the editors (not always by clear criteria) and an assortment of twosomes and threesomes. And two stories where the gender of the narrator is not at all obvious (or even guessable). Still, all in all, worth a little Quality Personal Time™.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Some of the stories were really great and left me wanting for more - or made me imagine what would happen next. But as in most anthologies, there were stories I didn't like at all - so overall just a 3 star rating, even if some of the stories certainly deserved 4 or even 5 Some of the stories were really great and left me wanting for more - or made me imagine what would happen next. But as in most anthologies, there were stories I didn't like at all - so overall just a 3 star rating, even if some of the stories certainly deserved 4 or even 5

  20. 5 out of 5

    LoriO.

    "Thoughts of Spring" by Mara Ismine: 2 stars, MM, Paranormal and way to short! "Thoughts of Spring" by Mara Ismine: 2 stars, MM, Paranormal and way to short!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Worrall

    It was an honour to be included in this fabulously diverse collection of stories. They are all fabulously written and strike the right chord of sadness, comedy and eroticism. Love it !

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anja

    I only liked a couple of the stories but learned which authors to avoid in future and who to try again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aija

    Surprisingly good! Enjoyed at least five stories immensely (favourite being Yesterday upon the Stair by Erastes), others were good fun, too. Might even reread one day. :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lizabeth Tucker

    A collection of LGBT short stories from British writers. Actually "flash" is a good term for this collection as most of the stories barely qualify as drabbles. All you really get with the majority of the writers' talents. 3.5 out of 5. "The Worst Pub in London" by JL Merrow. m/m Josh was just passing time during his shift at the Forlorn Hop, a virtually deserted pub, when Devlin walked in. A great start, but way too short. Reads like a first chapter, not a complete story. 3.5 out of 5. "Our Place" A collection of LGBT short stories from British writers. Actually "flash" is a good term for this collection as most of the stories barely qualify as drabbles. All you really get with the majority of the writers' talents. 3.5 out of 5. "The Worst Pub in London" by JL Merrow. m/m Josh was just passing time during his shift at the Forlorn Hop, a virtually deserted pub, when Devlin walked in. A great start, but way too short. Reads like a first chapter, not a complete story. 3.5 out of 5. "Our Place" by Clare London. m/m Terry and Ben grew up together, best friends all through school and into college. Now Terry is wanting more. A delightful little tale of friends who become lovers. 3.5 out of 5. "We'll Always Have Brighton" by Zahra Owens. m/m Two former lovers meet again. Raw, powerful, emotional. 3.5 out of 5. "Commission and Omission" by Charlie Cochrane. m/m Stephen visits the place where his love lost his life. Incredibly sad. 4 out of 5. "Paint" by Stevie Carroll. f/f Artist and model personal relationships are as old as time. More a PWP (plot what plot) story, no real connection with either character for me. 3 out of 5. "Ben's New Colleague" by Serena yates. m/m New Horizons series. Ben Imberg was missing his boss Anton until the new replacement walked into his life. I prefer to read books and stories in order, but the first in this series had been pulled from publication. That might have lessened my connection to Ben. 3 out of 5. "giving It Up" by Josephine Myles. m/m Matt's crush on Josh has him volunteering to get signatures to overturn the ban on gays giving blood. A guy like Josh would never look at someone like Matt after all. A nice juxtaposition of a sweet romance and a serious subject. 3.5 out of 5. "Thoughts in Spring" by Mara Ismine. m/m It is a good thing that Ash loves Corbin so much considering the monthly antics of the rook who insists on building a nest in the bedroom. Without a doubt this is my favorite story to date I do hope Mara revisits this couple in the future. The characterization of the rook was delightful. 4.5 out of 5. "Mouth Almighty" by Victoria Blisse. m/m/f Ben and Pete find more to enjoy than the taste of cheese when they meet sales clerk Sally. I've never been a fan of threesomes so this PWP story didn't appeal to me. 3 out of 5. "Reunion" by Lisa Worrall. m/m No one enjoys their school reunions, but it was hell for Toby Mitchell who was openly gay. Now he is back in that hell, facing the man he had had a crush on all those years ago while also facing the idiots who bullied him. Awww moment at the end of this story. Very relatable. 3.5 out of 5. "While the Boys Are Away" by Lucy Felthouse. f/f Amelia and Gemma leave their boyfriends struggling with the barbecue grill while they take a invigorating shower. I was pleased that neither woman's boyfriend is unaware of their relationship as cheating is another of my big no-nos. 3.5 out of 5. "Nessie" by Caroline Stephens. m/m Marine biologist Jude Hannigan is cold and wet, waiting to either prove or disprove the existence of the Loch Ness creature. At least he has Callum to keep him warm. A decent start to what could've been an interesting story. 3.5 out of 5. "Slap and Motley" by Sandra Lindsey. m/m A newly out couple receive an unusual gift, one that reveals a secret John never shared with his friend, partner and lover. Short, short, short. Yet interesting nonetheless. 3.5 out of 5. "Like a Girl" by JL Morrow. f/f Martial arts brings two women together. More like an orphan scene than a short story. 3 out of 5. "Last Client" by Jay Rookwood. m/m Jonathan's last client as an escort opens his eyes to what he could have with Keith. Sad yet gives a satisfactory hint of a decent future. 3.5 out of 5. "Sunshine Superman" by Elin Gregory. m/m A song on the radio throws lobesterman. Sam Yelf back to a wonderful summer of love. Memories of first loves can be heartwarming or bittersweet. Gregory definitely gives us the former in this sweet tale. 3.5 out of 5. "Escape to the Country" by Stevie Woods. m/m A historical which gives us Andrew and Stephen and a trip to the country. The first real historical story in the collection if you discount memories. 3 out of 5. "Prince Charming's Buttons" by Stevie Carroll. f/m/f Ash and Jen and Colin are not only actors together, but involved sexually as well. Ash's non, or perhaps multi, gender identification is something unusual in a story. 3 out of 5 "Yesterday Upon the Stair" by Erastes. m/m Lovers long separated, reunited again and yet one partner isn't totally present. Wow. This is an incredibly intense story and beyond tragic for the one relating it. 4.5 out of 5. "Benefits of Peace" by Alex Beecroft. m/m First year student Timothy Somper is just getting the hang of punting when his crush, another first year student named Roland Ashby crashes into him. Another historical that falls between the World Wars. The last line could imply tragedy, especially if you know the end of it as well as what happens next in history. 3.5 out of 5. "They Who Come After the Stories End" by Sophia Deri-Bowen. m/m Not quite fully realized characters from a feverish dream live and love together. An interesting premise that deserves a much longer format. 3.5 out of 5.

  25. 4 out of 5

    eva

    i thought this wouldn't reach the 3 stars for me, but the concept of some of these stories was actually pretty good and interesting. however, i guess i was expecting them to be longer -these are way too short to properly get into- and a little more diversity -esp considering the number of female authors (presumably wlw)- instead of the predominant mlm. i thought this wouldn't reach the 3 stars for me, but the concept of some of these stories was actually pretty good and interesting. however, i guess i was expecting them to be longer -these are way too short to properly get into- and a little more diversity -esp considering the number of female authors (presumably wlw)- instead of the predominant mlm.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adele

    Several authors here that I read & enjoy, but this collection is just kinda of meh. Thoughts In Spring by Mara Ismine was my favorite & really stands out from the rest. It's an adorable & unique little story that I'd give 4 stars on it's own, 5 if it were developed more. There were no absolute losers in the lot, but I doubt I'll remember anything besides Thoughts. Several authors here that I read & enjoy, but this collection is just kinda of meh. Thoughts In Spring by Mara Ismine was my favorite & really stands out from the rest. It's an adorable & unique little story that I'd give 4 stars on it's own, 5 if it were developed more. There were no absolute losers in the lot, but I doubt I'll remember anything besides Thoughts.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas J

    I really loved this collection of stories. Different sets of emotions are created in the mind of the reader (from sadness to happiness). And as a non native English speaker I found it quite easy to understand. I recommend it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    DC

    Quite frankly I was bored. This wasn’t “flash fiction” to me but rather like a sampler of the various authors’ writing styles. Each of these so-called stories read merely as prologues or chapter 1s in search of the rest of the chapters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Sessions

    A free read with great author info after each story. A great collection of stories not a dud in the bunch. A great variety of stories.

  30. 4 out of 5

    BitWrangler

    Actually 3 1/2 stars, but I rounded up. It was an excellent take-along, as the short stories filled in the blank spots while waiting (bank, check-out lines, car wash, etc.)

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