Today I bring you my review of an Anthology written by several South African authors. And I want to thank Rachel Poli, Chasing Dreams Publishing and all the authors that are a part of this anthology, for the eCopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
It’s not quite the Gummi Bears, but it certainly bounces around a lot.
Jozi Flash 2017 combines the talents of ten brilliant authors with one gifted artist, to bring you a collection of 80 flash fiction stories across eight different genres.
From a children’s story about the folly of summoning dragons, to the horrors held in deliciously treacherous ice cream, the authors take you on journeys that weave fantasy and folklore together alongside practical detectives and everyday tragedy.
With stunning artwork prompts by Nico Venter, these South African authors have created an anthology that will leave you breathless.
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Authors and Artist
Ten talented authors and one gifted artist joined forces to create an anthology of flash fiction stories that embody the multicultural melting pot that is South Africa.
For more info on the individual authors, take a look at their author pages here: http://chasingdreamspublishing.com/authors/
“Jozi Flash” is a collection of stories in different genres, which means, there is a great story for anyone’s tastes.
From Children’s fiction, Romance, Horror, Comedy, Tragedy, Fantasy, Crime to Science-Fiction… You get to laugh, fall in love, cry, scream and go on an adventure with the characters.
As most of you may know, I love short stories, which meant I dived in this book with excitement and curiosity. And since there were different genres, if I wasn’t in the mood at that moment and go back whenever I wanted to read or reread the stories.
I can’t honestly choose which story I liked more, because each story is special and as a particular writing style that is unique to the author that wrote it, and I feel like it wouldn’t be fair.
I know I said I would say which story I loved more, but I can say that one of my favorites was “A Stroll Through the Light” it was a quick and touchy story, and there was this quote I loved: “It became their ritual and each day her dress flashed in the light of the sun. The sky was painted in shades of red and purple and blue.“
Every story had a quick feeling, like eating a good snack, and good pace in the storyline, and I loved that. It made the reading of the short stories fun, even the tragic ones were not only emotional, but let me enjoy the storytelling to the fullest.
Another thing I loved about this books were the illustrations and the titles of the short stories. Every single title made me curious about what it would talk about and the illustrations at the beginning of each genre was funny and intriguing. One of the drawings I loved the most was the Science-Fiction one. There was something about it that made me dream, and I loved that.
Over all, while reading this anthology, you get fly through the sky like you were a dragon, dream again with each fairytale like story, cry with all the emotional stories, laugh at how funny they were and just enjoy each journey.
I do recommend this anthology, because they are short stories and you get different genres that you get to enjoy, so it’s a book or everyone.
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Beneath the Wax by Nthato Morakabi
1723: Constantine Bourgeois is a man of many secrets. Artisan by day, killer by night, he turns his victims into wax figures for his shop.
2045: Richard Baines works for the renowned Anthony Garfield Historical Museum. His mundane existence is a stark counterpoint to his fascination with serial killers and science fiction.
Constantine’s nightmares drive him to undertake a journey to uncover a long-forgotten secret. Richard’s research uncovers a company secret and the mystery of Madame Bourgeois.
Two men, two timelines, and truths that will only be revealed when they look Beneath the Wax…
Dim Mirrors by Carin Marais
Dim Mirrors is a collection of 39 flash fiction stories that open windows into worlds of fantasy and nightmare. Interwoven with images from mythology and folklore are the themes of love, loss, and memory. The comical “Not According to Plan” leads to more serious and introspective works like “Blue Ribbons” and “The Destroyer of Worlds”, while mythology and folkloric elements come together in stories like “The Souls of Trees” and “Ariadne’s Freedom”.
Sketches by Nicolette Stephens
Like art sketches, flash fiction stories are fleeting moments captured in a few hundred words.
In a world without men, the first boy child is welcomed as the saviour of his race; a cuckoo clock holds death and destruction in its beautifully carved figures; and a snowman holds a silent vigil of peace during war.
In this collection of 50 stories, illustrated with her artwork, the author delves into worlds of imagination and reality inspired by words and drawings.
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