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Passing Fancies

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A book by A. F. Stewart

Bites of fiction, nibbles of imagination and feasts of invention. Flitter through fantasy, mystery and space. Passing Fancies is a book of collected short fiction, written mostly in the fantasy genre, with a smattering of crime and sci-fi dropping by … see full wiki

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Author: A. F. Stewart
Publisher: lulu.com
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fanciful and intriguing

  • Mar 10, 2010
There's really something rather nice about feeling included in the dedication to a book, and A. F. Stewart dedicates her collection of Passing Fancies to all her online friends whose prompts and tweets and inspired her. I guess I should dedicate this review to those shared friends who have also provided me with so much inspiration.

The collection opens with a delightful selection of tales told in 100 words or less. And the first, A Fictional Vacation, is a perfect introduction. Just sit back and let the author carry you off on a wondrous journey... Though some of those glimpses through the window are distinctly disturbing, for all that they're so brief. The author certainly knows how to pack an emotional punch into just a few words.

The next section employs my favorite short story length, around 1000 words or less for flash fiction. One hundred words is great for a passing fancy, but if I want to stop for a snack between the world's distractions, a thousand words provides the perfect short stay. Of course, settling back into those distractions afterwards might be hard, and eating a snack after reading about the werewolf father's kindness... Actually, going back to writing after meeting Nick's wonderful muse might be difficult too. But the smiles that go with the shocks are always beautifully timed, and the emotions swirl from fear to pathos to fun.

Then on to reading a collection of fine short stories. Finding one that reminds me of a hundred word tale is like meeting with an old friend--"Tell me more," I ask as we sit together by the fire. Each tale takes its own different direction and ends, leaving the reader satisfied. Passing Fancies is a fine polished collection of fanciful dreams and nightmares, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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