Jozi Flash 2017 By South African Authors [Book Review – Blog Tour]

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I’ve had the pleasure of hosting and participating in the Jozi Flash 2017 Blog Tour! This is a different review than most since it’s a flash fiction collection there’s no set plot or character cast.

Book Review: Jozi Flash 2017 by South African Authors | Flash Fiction | Anthology | Blog Tour | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

I received a free digital copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

It’s not quite the Gummi Bears, but it certainly bounces around a lot.

Jozi Flash 2017 combines the talents of ten brilliant authors with one gifted artist, to bring you a collection of 80 flash fiction stories across eight different genres.

From a children’s story about the folly of summoning dragons, to the horrors held in deliciously treacherous ice cream, the authors take you on journeys that weave fantasy and folklore together alongside practical detectives and everyday tragedy.

With stunning artwork prompts by Nico Venter, these South African authors have created an anthology that will leave you breathless.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I was immediately drawn in by the cover. The colors seem to shine right off the picture and I think they go well together. Plus, the idea of showing off the genres as “books” on a shelf is a nice touch.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I read the first Jozi Flash collection last year and was excited to hear they came out another one. I was eager to give it a read.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This is a flash fiction anthology so there’s no steady plot. Each author wrote a flash piece in each of the 8 genres presented in the book. Each genre had it’s own illustration and prompt that the authors needed to us for their story in that particular genre.

Each story is short and sweet (for the most part, depending on the genre). Even though each short shared the genre, prompt, and picture in common, each one was vastly different than the one before it. It was a great variety of quick reads.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was refreshing to read. It’s nice to bounce around the various genres. The book is about 160 pages long so it’s a great quick read – one you can pick up whenever you’re in the mood for a certain genre.

Jozi Flash 2017 by South African Authors gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“She pulled the trigger anyway. The click was as hollow as her hopes.” -Nthato Morakobi, Jozi Flash 2017

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About the Authors & Artist

Ten talented authors and one gifted artist joined forces to create an anthology of flash fiction stories that embody the multicultural melting pot that is South Africa.

For more info on the individual authors, take a look at their author pages here.

International Giveaway

Win free copies of eBooks by three Jozi Flash 2017 authors:

Beneath the Wax by Nthato Morakabi

1723: Constantine Bourgeois is a man of many secrets. Artisan by day, killer by night, he turns his victims into wax figures for his shop.

2045: Richard Baines works for the renowned Anthony Garfield Historical Museum. His mundane existence is a stark counterpoint to his fascination with serial killers and science fiction.

Constantine’s nightmares drive him to undertake a journey to uncover a long-forgotten secret. Richard’s research uncovers a company secret and the mystery of Madame Bourgeois.

Two men, two timelines, and truths that will only be revealed when they look Beneath the Wax

Dim Mirrors by Carin Marais

Dim Mirrors is a collection of 39 flash fiction stories that open windows into worlds of fantasy and nightmare. Interwoven with images from mythology and folklore are the themes of love, loss, and memory. The comical “Not According to Plan” leads to more serious and introspective works like “Blue Ribbons” and “The Destroyer of Worlds”, while mythology and folkloric elements come together in stories like “The Souls of Trees” and “Ariadne’s Freedom”. 

Sketches by Nicolette Stephens

Like art sketches, flash fiction stories are fleeting moments captured in a few hundred words.

In a world without men, the first boy child is welcomed as the saviour of his race; a cuckoo clock holds death and destruction in its beautifully carved figures; and a snowman holds a silent vigil of peace during war.

In this collection of 50 stories, illustrated with her artwork, the author delves into worlds of imagination and reality inspired by words and drawings.

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Rot 6: Filling Time By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

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Book Review | Rot 6: Filling Time by Aidan J. Reid | Short Story | Dark Comedy | RachelPoli.com

I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

The final instalment of the Ray Jones story.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I enjoy how simple and consistent the covers have been. This one is no exception. It’s bright and I think it’s a great shot of a certain character.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

After the cliffhanger from the last book, I was eager to read the finale in the story of Ray Jones.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

The plot in this one ties everything together. We’re at the pique and while things have been tense, this is the final showdown. Ray has Lena back and together they go to get rid of the Fairy Godmother once and for all.

They run into a couple more hiccups while doing so, which made the plot tenser. It worked.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

About half of this story was the final showdown and the other half was like an “aftermath” or “epilogue.” While I loved watching the plot wrap up, my favorite part was the ending.

The author did a wonderful job bringing the story full circle between the six parts of this short series. It was a sweet ending and I was certainly satisfied after being on such a journey with Ray.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was a great ending to a wonderful series. There are six parts, but each one takes about 30-45 minutes to read. You could read the whole series in one sitting if you had the chance. It’s certainly something different, fairly light-hearted, but tense with high stakes. Give it a try.

Rot 6: Filling Time by Aidan J. Reid gets…
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Favorite Quote:

“I’m half-expecting some horrific twelve-foot troll from the underworld to be parked outside.” –Aidan J. Reid, Rot 6: Filling Time

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Rot 5: Gum But Not Forgotten By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

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Book Review: Rot 5: Gum But Not Forgotten by Aidan J. Reid | Reading | Short Story | Dark Comedy | Books | RachelPoli.com

I received a free digital ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Ray’s in a spot of bother.

The faun prophecy marked him as ‘the chosen one’.

Though they damn well didn’t make it easy.

Cast adrift in the human world. Watching his hopes fade with a dying faun.

The hopes of the Kingdom rest on his shoulders.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

Like the previous stories before it, this cover has a lot to say about the contents of this installment and it’s simple, so it works.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I’ve read the first four short stories of this series and I’m not going to stop now. It’s a good series though, so I wouldn’t stop anyway.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

Ray is cast out of the human world and back into his own. He’s still trying to find his wife, Lena, though he’s caught by the other fairies. Ray has a big mouth and gets himself into more trouble than he should, though he doesn’t resist too much.

I’ll admit, while I still enjoyed this part, I think this was my least favorite installment. Throughout the majority of this one we follow Ray as a prisoner and while his witty thoughts were entertaining, not much happened. That is, up until the very end where the story left off at probably the best cliff hanger I’ve seen in a while.

 

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This was a quick read, I feel like it was quicker than the other parts. Ray has not lost his sense of humor despite the pickle he’s found himself in so the story moved along quite nicely and added a lighter tone to something so dire. This picked up where the last part left off and left me with a great cliff hanger that I’m eager to read the next part. The author does a great job of staying consistent throughout the whole series.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This part wasn’t my favorite, but it was still enjoyable and easy to read through. I’m looking forward to part six, the final story in the series.

Rot 5: Gum But Not Forgotten by Aidan J. Reid gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“Way to go lady. If he wasn’t dead before, he sure is now.” – Aidan J. Reid, Rot 5: Gum But Not Forgotten

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Rot 4: Plaque To The Future By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

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Summary:

His wife has been kidnapped.

He’s a fairy on the run.

The prophecy says he alone can restore balance and harmony to the Kingdom. The Fairy Godmother might have something to say about that.

Piece o’cake.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I like the cover to this one. It’s simple, stays along the same theme as the 3 stories before it, and the tooth looks shiny, which is pleasing to me.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I’ve enjoyed the first three books of this short story series. After the way the third book ended, I was eager to read part 4.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

The Fairy Godmother is back and it doesn’t seem like she’s too happy with Ray. Ray and Ian are on a journey to find their kidnapped wives. They travel far and wide coming across old and new characters. Some nice, some not so nice.

I think this story was the most intense out of the four parts that have been released. They run into a few different enemies just barely making it. It really added a lot to their adventure.

 

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

Just like the previous three parts of this series, the author’s witty humor shines through. Ray has a great narrative voice and a wonderful hilarious tone. It’s a short story, yes, but it’s a quick read because I get easily engaged and sucked into it.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

I think I enjoyed this story the most out of all four parts. This one was intense and had it’s fair share of witty, funny moments.

Rot 4: Plaque To The Future by Aidan J. Reid gets…
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Favorite Quote:

“I reach out for his tail and grab it in my dizziness. Some warped version of pin the tail on the donkey.” – Aidan J. Reid, Rot 4: Plaque To The Future

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Rot 3: Flossed And Found By Aidan J. Reid

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Book Review | Rot 3: Flossed and Found by Aidan J. Reid | Short Story | Comedy | RachelPoli.com

I received a free eARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Ray Jones and his wife Lena are on the run.

They’ve traveled to the far reaches of the Fairy Kingdom to seek cover.

But Her troops are coming together.

And they’re looking for revenge.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I love the cover because it’s simple yet it tells a lot about what the story is going to be about. The titles in this short series are getting more clever as well.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

As part of the author’s review team, I’ve read and reviewed Rot 1 and Rot 2. I enjoyed both of them so I was looking forward to this part.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

This short tale shows Ray and his wife, Lena, on the run. They travel far and wide meeting all sorts of new, interesting characters that “help” along the way. Some more than others. Ray has gotten rid of the Fairy Godmother only to find out that she may still be lingering about.

This was another great adventure for the tooth fairy. With each part we’re delving deeper and deeper into the plot and it keeps getting interesting.

 

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This story has an interesting sense of humor. As a short story, it’s, of course, short and sweet. It’s easy to read and fun to just sit and relax for a bit reading it from start to finish. It flows nicely throughout and it picked up right where part two left off.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was another great part for Ray and I’m glad to get to see more of Lena, I really enjoy her character. If you’re into a little twisted humor and short reads, check this one out. I’m looking forward to the next part.

Rot 3: Flossed and Found by Aidan J. Reid gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“He’s hideous. A face that would make an onion cry.” –Aidan J. Reid, Rot 3: Flossed and Found

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Rot 2: The Tooth Hurts By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

Title: ROT 2: The Tooth Hurts
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Published:
December 23, 2017
Genre: Short Story, Dark Comedy
How I got the book: I received a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary:

The Fairy Godmother needs a hitman

She thinks she’s found the right guy. Ray Jones – a recent convict and tooth fairy thief.

Unfortunately for her, he’s got other ideas.

My Review:

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I’m part of the review team for this series of shorts. After reading the first part, I was eager to read this one.

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Leaving off from part one, Ray Jones is saved by the Fairy Godmother herself, but not out of the kindness of her heart. She needs Ray to do her a favor; a favor that will grant Ray his freedom and even retirement from being a tooth fairy. But that task isn’t an easy one as he must kill a human.

The Fairy Godmother is certainly a piece of work in this short story series. Ultimately, Ray agrees because it’s either his life or the human’s. For the next 21 pages, we follow Ray as he scopes out the human and attempts to complete his task.

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This short story picked up right where the first part left off. There were no introductions and not too much backstory, which was great for me. The narration and the character of Ray Jones is hilarious and is so fun to read, despite the dire situations he gets himself into.

rp-overall

Rot 2 was a great successor to Rot 1 and I’m looking forward to reading more of the series as it comes.

ROT 2: The Tooth Hurts by Aidan J. Reid gets…
4 stars book review4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“She had told me it meant ‘Route To Kill’. Said it in a way like she was orderin’ a BLT sandwich. Want fries with that kill?” –Aidan J. Reid, Rot 2: The Tooth Hurts

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ROT 1: Origin Of The Feces By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

Rot by Aidan J. Reid

Title: ROT 1: Origin of the Feces
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Published: 
November 16, 2017
Genre: Short Story, Dark Comedy
How I got the book: I received a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary:

Ray Jones isn’t like other tooth fairies.

He curses too much. Enjoys snorting fairy dust. And recently, he’s been tearing teeth out of kids’ mouths for profit.

He’ll tell you it’s because of The Rot. Then again, he’ll tell you anything to avoid walking the plank.

This is his story.

My Review:

rp-first-thoughts

Aidan J. Reid’s books have always been on my list. So, when he sent out a newsletter about a review team, I was more than happy to agree. This was the first story given to me.

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Ray Jones is a tooth fairy who pretty much goes rogue. He has a snarky sense of humor and while he does his job, it’s not exactly done well. When the Fairy Godmother finds out what he’s doing, that means trouble for him.

This plot is uniquely done as I haven’t read many books surrounding a tooth fairy. It has an adult spin on a childhood fairytale and it’s done well.

The characters, though we’re not with them for too long, were great as well. Ray was a fun protagonist to follow around and I’m interested to see what he does next.

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This is a short story standing at about 22 pages, but while it’s short, it has a lot of information packed into it. The writing was cleverly done.

The narration was funny and each scene flowed well right into the next. The world from a tooth fairy’s point of view was well done and really opened a new world.

rp-overall

While this isn’t the typical kind of story I would read myself if I had stumbled upon it in the bookstore, it was still a funny, quick read. It was something different, which was nice. I’m looking forward to the next one.

ROT 1: Origin of the Feces by Aidan J. Reid gets…
4 stars book review4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“I hand over a badly rotten premolar. That’ll tell ’em.” –Aidan J. Reid, Rot

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