“The Book of Origins: Rude Tales from the Big Bang to the Big Now” by Lawrence Millman

Flash fiction is a relatively new genre of writing, usually limited to somewhere between 200 and 1,000 words. Mr. Millman has written a collection of these and put them in one slim volume for our enjoyment. It contains about 60 stories of a length from three pages down to not much longer than the name of the book, with titles like Free Lunches, Globalization, Gluttony, Happiness, Homesickness, the Human Race, the Immaculate Conception and Impotence. 

Characters include the younger brother of Christopher Columbus, God, Charles Darwin, and Norm, the father of Attila the Hun. As you might expect, none of these people do anything you might expect them to. Since they come from a writer who says that he finds political incorrectness a strong moral virtue, the stories are just what we would expect: edgy satire, often twisted, sometimes dark. 

Recommended for those who want their reading material light, creative, and very, very short.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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