Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews, “Life in a Flash,” by Author Geoff

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Title: Life in a Flash

Amazon Author Page: Geoff Le Pard

Publication Date: November 30, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories, Short Stories & Anthologies,

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In the Author’s Words:

Life is fast, life is short. In a series of short fiction pieces, most under 500 words, we explore the world, its inhabitants and their trials and tribulations, their ups and downs and sideways shifts, all with humour and decent grammar. You’ll find something to amuse and intrigue here and if, unlikely as it is, one piece isn’t for you, well, turn the page and start again.

My Recommendation:

Life in a Flash is just that – a collection of flash fiction stories written in 500 words or less which transport the reader through a fun array of genres. Believe me, there is something here for everyone.

Le Pard is a British author who weaves delightfully descriptive details into his stories that I believe set him apart from other flash fiction authors. His humor is contagious. I often found myself chuckling at his cleverness and creativity.

I enjoyed each story in the collection but two shining stars stood out from the rest. The first story is called, “Time Out.” This was the comical story of a man who after retiring, becomes an extra on a movie set. The story played out in my mind just like a weekly sitcom. The ending left me convulsing with laughter.

The second tale is called, “Fog.” This was the story of a house recently purchased by a young couple. The melancholy essence of the original owner, ninety-five-year-old Adele Johnson still lingers. There is an eerie mystery wrapped up in this story that finishes with a haunting ending.

From humor to mystery, comic silliness to serious irony, Le Pard zigzags the reader through an abyss of absorbing stories. If you love short stories filled with twists and turns you won’t want to miss this collection. It’s a fabulous read!

My Rating:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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Meet the Author:

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Author, Geoff Le Pard

Geoff Le Pard (not Geoffrey, except to his mother) was born in 1956 and is a lawyer who saw the light. He started writing (creatively) in 2006 following a summer school course.

Being a course junkie he had spells at Birkbeck College, twice at Arvon and most recently at Sheffield Hallam where he achieved an MA in Creative Writing. And what did he learn? That they are great fun, you meet wonderful people but the best lessons come from the unexpected places.

He has a line of books waiting to be published but it has taken until now to find the courage to go live. He blogs at https://geofflepard.com/ on anything and everything. His aim is for each novel to be in a different style and genre. Most people have been nice about his writing (though when his brother’s dog peed on the manuscript he was editing, he did wonder) but he knows the skill is in seeking and accepting criticism. His career in the law has helped prepare him.

He has published four books – you can find out more about them on his author page, here – and written on a range of subjects, from walking to cooking, travel to my writing process, London, and his garden.

How to Connect with the Author:

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Blog: TanGental

Facebook: Geoff Le Pard

Twitter: @geofflepard

Carrot Ranch Literary Community: Geoff Le Pard

Thanks!for stopping by to meet Geoff Le Pard. I love flash fiction and this humorous anthology will have you giggling as you turn the pages! ❤

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70 Comments

        1. I loved Benny Hill. I watch BBC America and my local PBS station to get all shows British (my favorites). England imprinted on me, I think. I was a young mother when I was stationed there. I would have stayed if I could have. ❤

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    1. I love British culture and humor so this was a fun easy read for me. I’ve heard Geoff’s other books are equally as good. I will definitely be checking out more of his writing. ❤

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  1. I loved this one, too. Geoff is my flash nemesis, er, hero… He’s got a talent for flash (and longer forms) and can easily navigate both humorous and more serious pieces. Fantastic writer. (Don’t want to tell tales out of school but I *think* ‘Time Out’ might be a true story.) 😄

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  2. The book sounds delightful, Colleen. I’m frequently amazed by writers who can so easily incorporate humor into their stories. It takes special talent. Thanks for sharing Geoff’s book and your wonderful thoughts. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Diana. Humor is so subjective, isn’t it? I had no idea I could write humor. Actually, it was the retelling of a true story which I think makes all the difference in the writing. It flows. That is how Geoff writes – it just flows out of him. A true gift. ❤

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