Sometimes when I get really busy in Real Life, I don't have time to sink my teeth into a novel, so I grab an anthology of short stories because I know I can read individual stories here and there, as I have time. If you like doing that too, and you're looking at your calendar for the next couple of months and thinking you're going to be awfully busy... then this might be the book for you.
Flashes of Splashes is a collection of flash-fiction stories, which means they're all VERY short, only a couple of pages each. They all involve water in some way. Thirty-one very different stories (well, two of them actually tell the same story from different sides) about water. Many of them are speculative fiction -- fantasy or sci-fi. Some of them are totally grounded in reality. Most of them have a surprise twist at the end that makes you see the story in a new light.
My six favorites were:
~ "B is for Bubbles" -- it made me chuckle
~ "G is for Gulf" -- I loved the ending
~ "V is for Vortex" -- it surprised me
~ "Z is for Zawn" -- it's about pirates!
~ "Dancer" -- so sweet
~ "Water" -- I loved the twist at the end
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for a few mild curse words. I will probably marker over them and then let my 10-year-old read this if he wants to.