30 October 2010
Review: DISCOUNT NOIR, edited by Patricia Abbott and Steve Weddle
A e-collection of flash fiction, all around the central theme of Megamart. Each story is 800 words or less and so the collection is a quick read.
It contains stories by Patricia Abbott, Sophie Littlefield, Kieran Shea, Chad Eagleton, Ed Gorman, Cormac Brown, Fleur Bradley, Alan Griffiths, Laura Benedict, Garnett Elliot, Eric Beetner, Jack Bates, Bill Crider, Loren Eaton, John DuMond, John McFetridge, Toni McGeeCausey, Jeff Vande Zande, James Reasoner, Kyle Minor, Randy Rohn, Todd Mason, Byron Quertermous, Sandra Scoppettone, Stephen D. Rogers, Steve Weddle, Evan Lewis, Daniel B. O'Shea, Sandra Seamans, Albert Tucher, Donna Moore, John Weagly, Keith Rawson, Gerald So, Dave Zeltserman, Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen, Jay Stringer, Anne Frasier, Kathleen A. Ryan, Eric Peterson, Chris Grabenstein and J.T. Ellison.
I bought my copy at Untreed Reads Store (where you can choose your e-format) and then sent it off to Amazon for free conversion to Kindle. However Amazon now has a Kindle version available.
Put a dozen writers in a room with a topic and you'll get a dozen entertaining stories, and this collection is no exception, except you've got over 40. Here are offerings by some well known names, including Donna Moore, alongside a debut published story by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen.
It is a lovely anthology, very entertaining. I was fascinated by the common elements of the stories. Look particularly for the Megamart Greeters who appear in a variety of disguises. Well done to Patti Abbott and Steve Weddle for bringing all the stories together.
My rating: 4.4