IMPRESSIONS

IMPRESSIONS, A Collection of Flash Fiction and Short Stories. An e-book by Dan Groat.
The collection referred to consists of 55 individual stories, many of vignette or even simply 2-3 page length. The content ranges from a comment on a single idea of questionable interest/importance/relevance to more extensive thoughts, considerations, ruminations, and philosophy. Subjects include racial relations, the second amendment, religion, thoughts on ‘being’, and remembrances of ‘things past’. In the treatment of each individual account the author moves from simple descriptions to the use of humor, poignancy, parody, fantasy and other prominent human emotions including thoughts on basic survival. Stories this reviewer found to be particularly interesting for one or another reason were numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 13, 14, 26, 28, 45, 46, 51, 52, and 54.

Discussion: In the author’s lifetime he has participated in a host of labors ranging from menial to meaningful, all of which no doubt have contributed to his approach to life and to his writing. And as with his selection of labors, the subjects chosen about which to write demonstrate equal eclecticism. For this reader the collection as a whole covered an unusual array of subjects ranging from those seemingly lacking in a ‘theme’ to other, well-couched, thought provoking discussions.

3* Some interesting/amusing/provocative stories but for this reader an uneven presentation.

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