Today’s team review is from Sue.
Sue blogs here https://suelbavey.wordpress.com/
Sue has been reading Fast Fiction by Scotty Cornfield
Fast Fiction intrigued me due to its challenging premise. It is an anthology of 101 stories, each
with only 101 words. Keeping to such a strict exact word count is incredibly difficult and my
interest was piqued. The idea originated with a daily prompt given by the Monterey County
Weekly, which the author has been undertaking for years now. He writes the prompt at the end
of each story so you can see what inspired each one, which was a nice touch.
Naturally some of the stories are better than others. Some have clever puns and unexpected
twists in the final few words. These were the ones I enjoyed the most. My favourite was Close
Encounter with a Celebrity which had a fabulous twist. I also really liked Surgically Removed,
where a medical scene was not what it first appeared to be, They Think They Know Us So Well,
which is written from a dog’s perspective discussing humans with his pals and Lessons From a
Grim Reaper, where one of the harbingers of death decides to rebrand himself. As you can
see, the stories are very varied in their content.
These stories are so short a few can be read while having a tea break. They do not require
much brain power, which was ideal, since I read them while sick with COVID when my attention
span was not its best! What they are is fun and cleverly thought through. If you can think up a
prompt of your own the author states he will happily include it in a future volume and credit you.
In FAST FICTION, you’ll enter a cafe where the menu is loaded with nothing but literary appetizers, designed to be quickly consumed and easily digested. You’ll meet people with secrets and others who wished they knew how to keep them; characters looking to exact revenge and others getting their just desserts when karma calls. Fans of the combo platter will see it all here, from the dark to the darkly comical; the laugh-out-loud funny to the thought-provoking; offering more twists and turns than a pretzel—more ups and downs than a soufflé.
Like the world of improv, each tale has been inspired by a prompt (a single word or a phrase) provided by readers. From those simple suggestions, the stories evolve. You’ll meet people from all walks of life, but they’ll all have at least one thing in common: Your brief encounter with them will be over in less than a minute. Welcome to FAST FICTION,where you’ll find 101 stories of exactly 101 words each. How’s that for symmetry?