“The Chex Gambit,” by Jon Lasser
Read for Toasted Cake 184, May 13th, 2018
Not sure how many words
“Clap Your Hands,” by Andrew F. Kooy
3,300 words, according to the magazine
(Spoilers ahead.) A good story, if rather bleak. I didn’t get the ending at first—apparently it’s obvious to the stranger that there shouldn’t be any water here, and the hole was meant for a mass grave.
“Bedtime,” by Gabriel Heller
Appeared in Electric Literature‘s Okey-Panky, November 13th, 2017
A depressing vision of home life, complete with a hint that old age holds worse things. The lack of paragraph breaks, the lack of quote marks, and the relentlessness of the banal details make this feel like stream of consciousness.
“Mother Tongues,” by S. Qiouyi Lu
Appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, January/February 2018, Vol. 42 Nos. 1 & 2 (Whole numbers 504 & 505)
Maybe 2,000 words? Very short
My favorite piece in this issue so far. A very simple story, but effective.
“The Two of Us,” by Jeff Bakkensen
Appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, August 31st, 2016
Only 331 words!
A moment of awakening, seems like. Maybe even a coming of age (though I sort of dislike that term/concept). I definitely feel like this kid is a child, not a teenager.