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Flap Trap and Other Stories


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A thoughtfully curated collection of short stories: character studies, dystopian tales, and commentary on modern society.

­From a talking monkey to a talking vagina, Alistair Moore presents the reader with short stories that are part social commentary, part character study, and part dystopian fantasy, in varying degrees.

Other readers, and even the author, may disagree, but the most profound takeaway for this reviewer is this sentence: "Everything I'd been blessed with, I'd taken from another man." You’ll have to read the collection for yourself to discover which story contains this statement. For the character who articulates it, the sentiment is actually true, but isn’t it true for all of us in part, even if only metaphorically? Some might say we live in a world of finite resources and infinite want.

Moore leads off with “Save the Future,” about a highly publicized debate that asks the question (in essence): where has humanity gone wrong to reach our present state of affairs? I looked forward to the proposed debate between two schools of philosophy rather than two political ideologies, and I felt the same sense of disappointment as in real life, when a debate of the issues degraded into a mudslinging free-for-all. Sound familiar? This was nicely done.

When reviewing a short story collection, one takes into account the overall assortment; do the stories work well together, thanks either to a unifying theme or to a selection that is not repetitive to the point of redundancy? The outcome is so much better when an author or editor builds a collection with careful attention to the way each story complements the group.   Alistair Moore has curated this collection beautifully, creating a pleasantly diverse reading experience.

This is not to say that the stories are diverse in every sense of the word. Every protagonist is male, and the few females that are more than incidental are either love interests or (sometimes talking) genitalia with human beings incidentally attached to them. The quality of the writing and literary merit of the stories is not necessarily lessened, but if you’re looking for short stories that feature fully developed, multi-faceted female characters, you won’t find them in this collection.

Regardless, this is an engaging selection and worth your time if you’re ready for a brief vacation from reality.

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I am a reader with ten years of bookselling experience who is passionate about sharing my love of books with others. My goal is to be direct and relatable, with hopefully a little humor thrown in.

Save the Future

About the author

I am a British screenwriter and author. The Release is my first novel. My short film Kickoff, starring Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow, Last of the Mohicans) won the 2013 UK Film Festival Best British Short & top 5 in the 2013 London Sundance short film competition. More at view profile

Published on February 14, 2022

30000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Short Story

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