World's Shortest Stories: Murder. Love. Horror. Suspense. All This and Much More...

World's Shortest Stories: Murder. Love. Horror. Suspense. All This and Much More...

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by Steve Moss, Glen Starkey
     
 

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This is a quintessential short story book fo r everyone who thinks they don't have any time to read. Each story is less than 55 words long - ideal for the beach, bus , train, anywhere.

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This is a quintessential short story book fo r everyone who thinks they don't have any time to read. Each story is less than 55 words long - ideal for the beach, bus , train, anywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Rochelle O'Gorman
Shorter and sassier are these tiny tales, all amazing for thier telling brevity. There are dozen of stories, not one of which is longer than 55 words. Some are humorous, some are gory, some are romantic, and almost all have a twist. -- New York Post
Billboard
The impressive readers throw themselves into the task of performing these little tales and use their considerable vocal talents to evoke the perfect mood for each story. They also create a delightfully diverse cast of characters.
Los Angeles Times
The readers bring much life to these concise yarns. Muller is fabulous as ever. His rich, resonant voice infuses the stories with emotion. All three readers add accents that inject these imaginative bits of wordplay with energy and verve.
Miles Klein
This package (obviously unabridged!) demands instant listening....The three excellent readers here attest admirably that it can be done, and with style.
Kliatt Magazine
Library Journal
A short story in 55 words--impossible! 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 concentration--one missed word and the meaning is lost--making 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.--Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762403004
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
740,684
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.53(d)

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Sue Grafton
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.

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