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Extra-Curricular: Tales Told Out Of School by [Nash, Marc]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3246 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0145RPDZU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Extra-Curricular: Tales Told out Of School is a mixed collection of tales. I don’t think they can strictly be classed as flash fiction. I felt some were too long to be classed as such and missed the mark. The collection is divided into school subjects including physics, biology, psychology and history. I found this structure a bit strange at first. Some of the stories fit well in the subject they had been categorised in and others were off the mark. The collection would have worked better if the stories hadn’t been grouped this way. I enjoyed all of the stories in one way or another but I don’t think they carried the collection well and in some cases weakened it. Some of the best stories were Echoes, The Disenchanted Forest, Night Vision, Group Therapy, A Moment in Time, Bye Bye Lingual, Zombie and Clutch. The other stories were just okay. Overall, the collection was uneven at times with the gems such as The Disenchanted Forest lost in the mediocre masses. There are worse ways to pass a few hours than reading this collection.
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The stories came off as a sweep up of the half-thoughts and sparks of ideas that writers jot down on scraps of paper and notebooks. The loose structure of placing stories under school subjects such as 'physics' did not add anything. It's not a collection of short stories but more a miscellany of a writer's thoughts, but not very well thought out ones.
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entertaining book of short stories, very well written
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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs more concise approach 23 Mar. 2016
By Susan Drees - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've recently begun reading flash fiction and have discovered some that I really like, that in a concise, though not unartistic, manner create atmosphere, character, story, mood. They are complete and often wonderful. Mr Nash's stories, however, seem wide of that mark. Often more lengthy than I find effective, often full of impenetrable language, they are organized as if following some sort of educational curriculum, under headings for art, physics, extracurricular, etc. Some of the stories fit their categories in obvious ways but, for me, most did not.

The shorter the better with flash fiction. In the second half of this collection, I found several that were far more successful, in my opinion, than most of what came before. Some I really liked. Nash finally removed that detachment which had lost me and prevented me from engaging in many of his other stories. He also found his edge--providing sharper endings--and became more precise.

As I wrote in a review for another collection of flash fiction, I do believe there may be disagreement about what is good and what is skilled in flash fiction. But the important factor is for the story to grab the reader---and to do it quickly. Sadly most of these stories did not do so for me. Those that did grab me, did their job well (Crowd Sauced, In Triplicate, Laundry Lists, Confirmament, Disbanded, Zombie). All in all, though these are outweighed in a collection of 50 stories.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mind-Blowing Read 5 April 2016
By wondermommy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
EXTRA CURRICULAR by Marc Nash just about blew my mind, especially with one story about a funeral and how things got twisted from one situation to another. A very complex book. What makes Nash's stories so unique is the way you have to think outside the box, so to speak. Nash kept knocking the reasoning back and forth to the reader like a ping-pong ball, leaving the reader to study more on the story and how it might have come about in the author's mind, than onto paper. Deeper isn't the word that comes to mind. Nash's stories seem to go down into the abyss or into a deep void, then the reader has to reach inside the gray matter and really think about what has been read in order to pull out the true meaning; or could there be more than one meaning? The man sure does make the reader put things into an all together different perspective. A different kind of read, but enjoyable.
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Story Fun 28 April 2016
By R.P. Blotzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love good anthologies or as they call them now 'flash fiction'. This is such a great example. Yes, you will find some of the stories to be not to your liking and others will surprise you with the end. Some may even make you shed a few tears. The writing can be a little much sometimes and overwhelming, lacking a smooth flow. This however didn't deter me from continuing. It's a perfect book to sit and read before bed or when you only have a few moments or between books in a big series. Definitely a fun read for any occasion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! 4 Dec. 2015
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Innocence has died could be the theme of those well-crafted, intriguing stories, each of them touching a different topic and presenting it from a sarcastic angle, giving you food for thought. It is interesting how, at the end of each story, you are left thinking ''wow I hadn't thought of it that way''. I especially liked the junkies story. Well done, once again, Marc!
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