Review – Second Chance by Rebecca Lang

I started this site with flash fiction reviews, and I haven’t done one in way too long! I’m starting this again as a weekly post – one short review of a recently published piece of flash fiction.

I will choose pieces based on what I can get out of them as a amateur writer. This usually means that I feel they are very good works, but sometimes I will review ones that don’t work so well and try to figure out why not.

Today’s review –

Second Chance by Rebecca Lang

(Also check out her blog post about the story)

This is a short science fiction piece available from Ether Books. As usual, that means you’ll have to get the free Ether app from the App Store or Google Play.

I chose this piece mainly because of the two opening paragraphs. The author sets the mood of the piece perfectly, capturing the feel of a man who has just lost everything. I really felt the main character’s depression, and understood why he had no qualms about accepting the incredible offer he’s given. I also like the setup of how he gets this offer – no magical genie, angel, or other cliche – just a stranger who offers him help when his day is going absolutely rotten.

I also thought this story struck a decent balance between showing and telling – the reader is treated to the results of Micheal’s do-over of his life, with only enough exposition to move the story along.

I would have liked to know more about the stranger who offers Micheal the chance, and the police officer who was working with him. What exactly do they get out of this? If Micheal’s soul is the payment, why did the stranger tell Micheal that the favor was free?

Anyway, it was a very entertaining story and I’m glad to have found it. I gave it 4 / 5 stars.

#atozchallenge – F is for Fetch, your ghostly doppelgänger

 

They come when a loved one is about to die.

A fetch is a ghostly twin of somebody who has just died, or of somebody who will very soon. When they foretell doom, they appear in the evening as shadowy apparations who vanish down alleys or halls when followed. Their appearance may even offer clues as to how death will occur. However, if you are lucky enough to see one in the morning, it may signal luck and long life…

Should you see your own spectral face in the afternoon or evening, your time has come to enter the next life!

Sources:

Image: How They Met Themselves by Dante Gabriel Rossetti on http://www.wikipaintings.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetch_(folklore)

http://www.theshadowing.co.uk/world-shadowing/guide-netherworld.htm

http://maskofreason.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/know-your-ghosts-the-fetch

(Okay, just so readers know – I’m taking the theme ‘evil spirits’ fairly loosely. Any spirit you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley qualifies!)