Thursday, March 27, 2008

Crafting the Very Short Story: An Anthology of 100 Masterpieces

Editor: Mark Mills

First line: "I suspect," critic Charles Baxter has said, "that [the very short story] appeals to readers so much now because they are on so many thresholds."

Why you should read this book: This anthology gathers very short stories, usually under five pages, from ancient, modern, and post-modern sources, along with literary criticism and first-person author interpretations of their own work. It's a great book for readers and for writers, and provides a wonderful overview of the work of great writers, along with much useful information on crafting the very short story. For busy people who can't string more than ten minutes together for reading, very short stories are a perfect solution.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're ready to cozy up to a nice, long novel.

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