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Flashes in the Pan
Fifty Short Stories for the Impatient
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ISBN-10: 1-55404-357-3
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Genre: Fantasy/SF/Fiction/Adventure
eBook Length: 94 Pages
Published: May 2006



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Flashes in the Pan, Fifty Short Stories for the Impatient, by Raymond Grant is a pithy little book that should be onboard when you?re standing in a long, slow line, waiting on a download or upload, or killing time while TV commercials drone on. During any one of these exasperating instances, catch a flash?read a short story?let your spirit soar.
 
?Flashes? serves up fifty tasty stories for busy readers on the go. Raymond Grant has organized his brief stories into categories to whet your appetite? Grant obviously takes pleasure in writing ?There is something here for every reader.? Review by Esther Schrader, editor of Twisted Cat Tales, author of Desparate Straits and The Shadow People.
 
 ?Flashes in the Pan has to be the quickest and funniest read I?ve come across in awhile. Grant has demonstrated with his book that there is no need for an extensive amount of wordage in order to delight, to touch, and to transmit an enjoyable experience to a reader. ?If you are searching for an antidote for boredom, then Flashes in the Pan is your prescription.? Review by Lea Schizas, founder of the award winning MuseItUp Club and Muse Marquee, author of Rock of the Realm, a Young Adult fantasy adventure.


Reviews and Awards

FLASHES IN THE PAN
 
A Review
            Flashes in the Pan serves up fifty tasty stories for busy readers on the go. Raymond Grant has organized his brief stories into categories sure to whet your appetite.
            Leading off with "Flashes of Humor," Grant has assembled a varied menu. My favorite in this group is "Monday's Genius." Any crossword-puzzle addict can relate. And one must admire Luigi in "Master of the Moat" for his diligence and flexibility. "Stinky" is a groaner, but still enjoyable. Who could resist reading "The Yodeling Lemming"? Another winner.
            Having just edited a cat-themed anthology, I was drawn to the section called "Flashes about Cats and Dogs." Although very short, "Kitty's Treat" has a nice twist at the end. "Daisy" is a longer, serious piece that is well worth reading.
            In "Flashes of Childhood" I smiled while reading "My Daughter Is an Alien."
            "Flashes in the Dark" provides elements of horror with fine stories like "Encounter," while "The Sphere" is science fiction with a twist.
            Grant's wise observations of current society are revealed in "Flashes of Commerce." I found "The Last Barrel" to be very timely.
            "Flashes among Venus, Mars, and Other Planets" includes one of my favorites, "A Letter to Mom." If you have sent a child off to college, you may have received a letter somewhat like this...but not quite.
            Raymond Grant obviously takes pleasure in writing a wide variety of stories. There is something here for every reader.
--Esther Schrader, editor of Twisted Cat Tales
author of Desperate Straits and The Shadow People


Flashes in the Pan: Fifty Short Stories for the Impatient
by Raymond Grant
 
 
                        Cause for burst appendixes? Flashes in the Pan!
 
Flashes in the Pan: Fifty Short Stories for the Impatient by Raymond Grant has to be the quickest and funniest read I've come across in a while. Grant has demonstrated with his book of flash fiction that there is no need for an extensive amount of wordage in order to delight, to touch, and to transmit an enjoyable experience to a reader.
 
Just to give you a taste of what you are in for, here is one of my top favorites:
 
Gardening
 
As an avid reader, I am always looking for odd stories and unusual writings. Recently, I ran across a news release by the Opyt Foundation. It highlighted the awarding of annual grants and was written by their new Publicist, Harriet Schafer.
 
What tweaked my curiosity was that Ms. Schafer had titled herself, Pubicist. Being a logophile, I immediately went to my unabridged dictionary and discovered that no such word existed.
 
What an opportunity! I could be the first to define a new word that was in vogue. After serious deliberation among well-reasoned candidates, I finally decided upon:
 
            Pubicist: One who tends the gardens around the base of Mons Pubis.
 
 
As you can see, Ray's Flashes in the Pan are exactly that, quick and fun reads for anytime of the day.
 
His flash fiction tales are perfect examples of how flashes should be written. This book is not only entertaining, but the educational value attached to it as a learning tool on how to write flash fiction surpasses the value of two for the price of one.
 
Not all of his tales are humorous. One in particular, which gripped my sentimental side, was based on a dog named Daisy, my very own pup’s name. This was another perfect portrait of this writer’s capability to transfer a range of emotions to his reader.
 
The book is divided into the following sections:
 
PART 1: FLASHES OF HUMOR
PART 2: FLASHES OF THE OLD WEST
 
PART 3: FLASHES ABOUT CATS AND DOGS
 PART 4: FLASHES OF CHILDHOOD
 
PART 5: FLASHES IN THE DARK 
 
 PART 6: FLASHES OF COMMERCE
 
PART 7: FLASHES AMONG VENUS, MARS, AND OTHER PLANETS
                             
Raymond Grant offers a reader a different area of interest to poke fun at, to heighten its insanity, to bring the fight of ?man against woman? to the forefront, to tickle your funny bone, Every Which Way But Loose, as the Clint Eastwood movie title goes.
 
If you are searching for an antidote for ?boredom?, then Flashes in the Pan: Fifty Short Stories for the Impatient is your prescription.
 
Lea Schizas ? Founder of the MuseItUp Club and the Muse Marquee, and author of Rock of the Realm, a Young Adult fantasy adventure.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 



Flashes in the Pan (Excerpt)


Gumaholic

Dear Louise:

I am embarrassed to say that Deidre has become addicted to gum. She’s been chewing away for years ever since I gave her a piece during our wedding reception. Surprisingly, it hasn?t affected her job performance or her health. She does help make her dentist’s BMW- 7 series payments a lot easier. I guess some folks would call her a functioning gumaholic.

It’s strange to be married to a person who has an addiction. She chews so often that I hardly want to take her anywhere. It’s not that she isn?t attractive, but she smack, smack, smacks all the time. When she started chewing, it was an occasional smack here or there. As she’s increased her input from a pack a week to six packs a day, she smack, smack, smacks from breakfast to bedtime! Can you imagine? She even sneaks a couple of sticks in with her eggs first thing in the morning! Wonder how she chews gum and eats eggs at the same time?

She hides gum everywhere. I find it stacked behind bottles in the bar, tucked away with her ?undies? in the bedroom dresser, behind pots and pans in the kitchen, and even in our car’s ashtray.

Whenever I uncover some of the stashed treasure, I put it in a bag in my briefcase. When the bag is full, I empty it the nearest trash receptacle on my way to work Unfortunately, she just buys more. She takes the new supply and hides it all over again. As if no one knew.

Good thing Diedre took sculpture in college. When she’s through chewing, she goes out to the back yard and places a new bauble on her structure. She uses the spent gum to hold the trinket in place. At the rate she’s going, it won?t be long before we have another Watts Tower.

I used to take her to the opera or the symphony. It just tore me up when there was a lull in an aria or a pause between movements. All of a sudden there would be the distinctive reverberation of smack, smack, smack around the hall. Sure was a head turner.

Every time I try talking with her; she just cuts me short with a version of:

"Yeah, Charlie, I chew a little gum. So what!" she says, "Keeps my breath fresh and my mouth clean. Could be worse. Gimme a break, here!"

Guess I?ll just have to live with it. Wait until she finally has a complete breakdown. Then, I?ll get her to admit her dependence. Once we get there, she?ll be able to start on the long road back. Maybe, she can join Gumaholics Anonymous.

I?ve been thinking about joining Gum-Anon. I need interaction with others who are experiencing the same sort of thing.

Please understand and keep her in your heart.

Your loving brother,

Charles

P.S. I sure have come to enjoy Jelly Bellies over the past few months, especially, the ones that taste like bubblegum.