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A short story in 55 wordsAimpossible! Yet these stories, the world's shortest, have setting, characters, conflict, and resolution. They address murder, love, suspense, horror, betrayal, and often end with a catchy turnaround. The answer lies in the author's ability to write with amazing compression and economy, making each word count. These bite-sized stories, the haiku of short fiction, can be one long sentence or can begin every word with the same letter. As exercises for writers, they can be fun and challenging; as literature they are nibbles. One noteworthy example tells of a man seeking a hit man to kill his wife only to find out she has hired his girlfriend for a similar purpose. These stories demand considerable concentrationAone missed word and the meaning is lostAmaking them perhaps more effective in a print format. The performers, all professional actors, read with clarity and feeling, increasing the drama. At the conclusion, directions and encouragement are offered to all would-be writers of this new genre. Recommended with some reservations for public libraries.ANancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
"The perfect gift for those who claim to be too busy to read. For the rest of us, these stories are like literary canapes . . . Irresistible." -- Sue Grafton --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.See all Product Description
I am amazed at how truly entertaining these stories can be in such a short space of time. The tricky endings on some came as such a surprise, that I found myself rewinding the tape... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by powwowhappy
This book was so inspirational that I plan to submit some 55 Fiction for the next version.Published on April 29 2002
Perhaps we should all limit our book reviews to 55 words... Like haiku, this genre is minimalist. Like haiku, the best is eternal; the worst is DOA. Read morePublished on June 24 2001 by Thomas J. Brucia
Wonderful little treats, each one of them. Like nibbling at candy. I tried to read just a few at a time, to savour the experience, but they were just too addictive. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2000 by Kindle Customer
I loved this book. Even though each story is only 55 words long they have a twist. A good read. I think other teens will love it. I'm buying my own copy.Published on Oct. 29 1999 by Emily, 16
I found myself laughing out loud at many of these clever stories. Not every story is equally good, but those which are good, are really, really good.Published on Sept. 21 1999
This book is a refreshing little dip for an author looking for some snap. About one in four are really good one way or the other. Read morePublished on July 20 1999 by Andrew Shields
This book is meant to be "read" in print, not listened to on a tape. I love books on tape and I adore Frank Muller, but this is a book to savor with the eyes. Read morePublished on June 2 1999