101 Stories 101 Words Each
by Scotty Cornfield
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Pub Date 18 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 29 Dec 2022
“Flash Fiction places significant pressure on a writer to communicate entertaining plotlines using very few words. Cornfield rises admirably to this challenge. The author holds the power to write tantalizing sentences that quickly and effortlessly draw readers in: ‘Jessica playfully kissed his ear as she removed the .22 revolver from her purse.’ The brevity of such statements compels readers to speculate beyond the confines of the narrative itself. This speculation is all part of the fun. Many of the stories in the collection are driven by the delightful crackle of dryly humorous dialogue….the author rarely misses the mark, and the bite-size stories found here will prove sufficiently addictive to cause readers to devour them one after another.”
"Scotty Cornfield's 101 word tales are a dazzling feat of small plate fiction. With his dry wit and cop's expertise, Cornfield's unique Fast Fiction is like reading the beginning of dozens of Elmore Leonard stories. They're that good. This is a dazzling debut."
—Tom Rosenstiel, Author of The Days To Come and the rest of the Rena-Brooks series
"Shocking, humorous, unexpected and original. These vignettes of life filled with quirky people are like cartoons in words. Simply great."
—Anna Maria Manalo, Author of supernatural thriller, The Way Through The Woods
"Here's a brilliant kaleidoscope of short and bittersweet stories. From family funny to cop tragic. Laughter to tears. Upset to relief. All within 30 seconds of erudite, insightful prose. Amazing stuff!"
—Michael Latta, author of Deep Salt adventure series, MichaelLattaBooks.com
Average rating from 16 members
I tried so hard to make this review in100 and one words and even that was impossible. So to get a book with hundreds of complete stories done and 101 words to me is amazing. Not only that these stories is so addicting I thought I would read a few because they were so good I would save the rest for later, but before I knew it there was only a few stories left and even though it felt like 30 minutes and passed it was much longer than that. people send Mr. cornfield props and he makes a story fromps and he writes a story that is 101 words. I really enjoyed this book and hope Mr. cornfield puts out more books in the future as I said they’re so addicting and because of that this book totally deserves five stars. I received this book from NetGalley and I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.
101 Stories 101 Words Each
by Scotty Cornfield
I will say, in less than 101 words, it was pretty tricky, and I was amazed he did pull it off. One prompt and Scotty Cornfield told a story, not just one, but many. Very witty to read, some were even less, but NONE were 102 words. So, I bow to this smarty man. 101 smiles.
Super funny, clever, and really draws you in. From a premise of a word or expression, the author fashions a story of 101 words. The stories are sometimes like mini-Twilight Zone episodes, full of surprises, and are really punchy. Sometimes I had to look up the meaning of the prompt word, so I built up my vocabulary. This book is really a joy and is an easy and captivating read. Truly entertaining and pithy, too.
Fast Fiction by Scotty Cornfield is a clever collection of stories. In this book, Mr. Cornfield has included 101 ‘stories’ that are 101 words long each and at the end of each story he includes the writing prompt that inspired the short work of fiction. I have to say the nature of the book does make it a bit difficult to review. This is less a book in the traditional sense and more of an insight into the creative process of a writer’s mind. Which I found very cool. I even made a game of attempting to guess what the prompt was before reaching the end. I was almost always wrong, lol. I have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and hope Mr. Cornfield puts out another in the future. I’d like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read an ARC of Fast Fiction.
I found myself returning to this book every time I had spare time to read another piece of fiction. I cannot say that there is one that stood out more than the other, but I enjoyed it all the same and finished it the first day I started. Had a lot of free time that day. I have already recommended this book to a couple of my friends who constantly tell me they don't have time to read, and so far both are enjoying it immensely.
That was a quick, fun read. I'll check out volume 2 when it comes out. My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
This was a great book to read when I only had a few un-interupted minutes. Amazingly, each of these 101 stories stands on its own, and many of these contained anticipation of the climax.
I eagerly await volume 2!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read in exchange for an honest review.
I may have found a new genre to explore - this was SO MUCH FUN! I once visited a library that had a cafe inside and while you waited for your order there was a little machine that would spit out sotries based on the time you had (5 minutes, 3 minutes, 1 minute). They were so fun to read! This is basically an entire book of those snippets - incomplete, yet containing a whole story. There truly is an art to writing enough, just 101 words.
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