Friday, January 20, 2012

300 Very Short Stories by Sean Hill

I received an email the other day that stated:

As we all know, sometimes less is actually more. And that couldn’t ring more true for “Very Short Stories,” a new book featuring 300 bite-size works of fiction.

Based on the popular Twitter feed @VeryShortStory (which boasts nearly 100,000 followers), these powerful 140-character tales of love, life, death and everything in between conjure an entire novel in just a sentence or two....

OK, I'll bite. I know how hard it is to tweet in 140 characters. I must be very wordy because I need to redo my posts at least three times before they are ready to tweet. This dude, can actually write a story in 140 characters? Wait, I need to read this!

So the publisher got me a copy and low and behold...he can! 

Author Sean Hill has written hundreds of stories that elude to a novel in 140 characters. Goddess brought the book over and said, "What does this say?"

I told her that this was a book of short stories and some were funny, some sad but they were creative. She asked me to read her some.  So I chose the ones that didn't deal with sex or death like and started reading each one and ending with "The End" so she would get the idea.

After I had read about 6 she said, "You are RIGHT! Those are short stories. The shortest ones I ever heard!"

Nana rocked in her old wooden rocking chair. “Timmy, you have always been my favorite,” she said. He looked at her. “Nana, I’m Bobby.”

Read your diary, discovered your secret. I thought I loved you, but now I’m not sure. Don’t know what to do, you look so human.

Clowning was Daryl’s profession, cooking was his passion. Stella thought he was perfect. She liked to laugh and never learned to cook.

Alex bought Sharon a ring for Valentine’s Day, which she sold to buy the gun that stopped him from loving her.

Visit Sean Hill @VeryShortStory, a Twitter feed to chat or follow or maybe add your own 140 character story. I know I won't be able to do it and if you are a follower and a personal friend, you know that I type much more than talk so this would never work for me. But I will try, so in the Sean Hill vein, I will leave you with, my review of you is up & ready, you shouldn't feel unsteady. Fun times were had by one & all. I just tripped across the hall.

Yeah, I know he is not into rhyming but it was the best I could do. I suck!

What I love the most about this book is that I can read it when I have a moment. I don't get lost if I don't get back to the book right away. Great way to read for those who hate reading.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review.

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