Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

Hint Fiction An Anthology of Stories in Words or Fewer The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic conservative to experimental but they all have one thing in common they are no than words long Robert Swartwood was inspired by

  • Title: Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer
  • Author: Robert Swartwood Kathleen Ryan Donora A. Rihn Mercedes M. Yardley Barry Napier Jeremy D. Brooks Tara Deal Jane Hammons
  • ISBN: 9780393338461
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common they are no than 25 words long Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway s possibly apocryphal six word story For Sale baby shoes, never worn to foster the writing of these incredibly short short stories He termed themThe stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common they are no than 25 words long Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway s possibly apocryphal six word story For Sale baby shoes, never worn to foster the writing of these incredibly short short stories He termed them hint fiction because the few chosen words suggest a larger, complex chain of events Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best selling and award winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.

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    About “Robert Swartwood Kathleen Ryan Donora A. Rihn Mercedes M. Yardley Barry Napier Jeremy D. Brooks Tara Deal Jane Hammons

    • Robert Swartwood Kathleen Ryan Donora A. Rihn Mercedes M. Yardley Barry Napier Jeremy D. Brooks Tara Deal Jane Hammons

      USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer s Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels He created the term hint fiction and edited Hint Fiction An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer.

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    • when we got this book in the other day,i looked at it and thought: "ugh - gimmick". and i read the three stories on the front cover and i thought - "i no longer understand the publishing industry." and then i opened it up, just out of curiosity and saw a story by jonathan carroll. okay, book, now you have my attention. so i flipped through it, and then i read the précis, and i was totally hookedis isn't flash fiction. these aren't stories that are short just for the fuck of it. hint fiction is [...]


    • I read books to destress. I would assume this was a weird thing to say and qualify it anywhere but here. here I will assume you all do the same thing. This was my, i hate my life and midterms book. I read it walking to connors comedy show and walking to he subway after the show. okay I didn't like this quite as much as karen. I thought several of the stories were overwritten just because you have 25 words to play with doesn't mean you need them all. I'm also generally not a fan of titles, I know [...]


    • So one day I was trolling newpages looking for new rejection opportunities when I discovered a call for 25-word stories. I figured, How hard can 25 words be? I've wasted more than that many trying to explain to the cops that instead of writing me a ticket for not being able to produce my insurance card on demand we could just call my friendly Farmers agent and he'd be happy to tell them I am indeed paid-up on my premiums. So I sat down to crank out a few of these puppies, thinking, prolificity, [...]


    • the thing i really love about this book is not so much the stories themselves (though i do love a lot of the stories) as the conception of story at work here. it's not the fact that these stories are so short (25 words or less) which is so interesting; it's that they are in fact (at least the best ones) quite long-- it's just that only the tip of the stories are visible on the page, with the remainder of them (the much larger part) arising only in your imagination. you read the story and then (i [...]


    • The experiment is interesting and worthy, as are a good number of these micro-stories. I was especially intrigued to see a number of horror/thriller writers contributing (LANSDALE!). The problem, for me, is that many would make awesome first lines or last lines to a story, would make intriguing twists at the middle, but feel too open to be standalone. I know the goal is to "hint" at the larger story, but it still feels more like I am hearing the set up rather than the summation, given the shout [...]


    • This was my first introduction to hint fiction & it was absolutely fabulous. A worthwhile read, especially so as a poet.


    • The suggestive, nuanced world of flash fiction shrinks in this collection of hint fiction, micro-shorts of twenty-five words or less. Twenty five words, even these days, isn't room to say much: maybe a long text message, but still a short grocery list. Yet, as editor Robert Swartwood says in his able and aptly succinct introduction, twenty-five words is enough, in true hint fiction, to create a complete world. Not a complete story, with a denatured beginning, middle, and end, but "complete by st [...]


    • I had never heard of flash fiction or micro fiction or any of that other stuff before I read this little book. Hint fiction is apparently a new concept made popular by Robert Swartwood, the editor. He hosted a contest in which people had to submit stories that were 25 words or less with the full impact of a regular-sized story. He says “a story should do four basic things: obviously it should tell a story; it should be entertaining; it should be thought-provoking; and, if done well enough, it [...]


    • Interesting concept and, because of the forced brevity, often very poetic. My biggest complaint is that most of these stories were either depressing or creepy. I can handle reading some depressing stories, mingled with uplifting or funny ones, but the ratio was very skewed. Also, while it kept my interest, it is hard to compare a short (even if well written) thought with a complete book (hense, the 2 stars). Plus, the book is really short, I think it could have used more storiesybe some happy on [...]


    • Thanks to the helpful maps and knowledgeable staff at the Marriott-Wardman Park Hotel in D.C my first AWP experience ended up consisting of significantly fewer panels than I'd intended, but that's perfectly okay considering how many other wonderful things happened over the course of those three days in February. One panel that I did manage to make it to was the one on this nifty little anthology, "Hint Fiction: An anthology of stories in 25 words or fewer." It featured editor Robert Swartwood an [...]


    • I was so inspired by this little anthology of stories told in 25 words or fewer that I decided to do a "hint review" Not quite sure how good it will come out but here we go:---------------------------------------------All of these stories have a sock-it-to-you quality that you may or may not get upon the first read through.---------------------------------------------Ok, so not the greatest review I ever wrote, but it just goes to show how hard it is to write something meaningful in such a limit [...]


    • This book contains short stories of 25 words or less. This idea is based on the undocumented story of Hemingway penning a 6 word story: "For sale: baby shoes; never worn." The author believes that any short story does 4 basic things: it tells a story; it is entertaining; it is thought provoking; it invokes an emotional response. All the stories in this book do exactly that. I also learned that a dribble is a story of 50 words and a drabble is a story of 100 words. I found this collection to be q [...]


    • "It should be complete by standing by itself as its own little world." That's the editor's statement on what these short short stories should do. That's basically how I feel about all the books I read or movies and shows I watch. Most of these stories manage to do that, which is a sight to behold for sure. What a cute idea. A favorite, dark story by Kevin Hosey: "Triumphant, Dr. Masuyo held the frail child. After years, he finally had a cure. Outside, the sun warmed Hiroshima. And then he saw th [...]


    • Here's an example of Hint Fiction, the very first story in the book, a story by Joe R. Lansdale called "The Return": "They buried him deep. Again."And that's it. The whole story. Isn't that marvelous? The stories in this book flash like a lightning bolt across the sky of your head when you read them. Sometimes there's a little thunder. And rain.Okay, one more. "The Lover's Regret" by Tess Gerritsen: "They are now grown up, the children I abandoned to be with you. They hate me. But not nearly as [...]


    • I confess--I chose the book b/c it's short. I'd not been reading much and thought the sense of accomplishment would get me back into one of my better habits. This anthology, if that's what one calls a colection of one and two line stories can be read in 30 minutes, but can last much longer if you let your imagination run wild. The power of suggestion + imagination leads to a great result.


    • As a grad student who finds the prospect of writing thousands and thousands of words to be truly terrifying, this anthology illustrates the power of brevity and invites swift reading (and rereading). Inside the small, thin, pale-minty exterior dwells the potential for inspiration enough to fill volumes. If you liked David Levithan's The Lover's Dictionary, Swartwood's collection should appeal greatly. Read, friends, and enjoy.


    • Even though it seems impossible, many famous and not-so-famous authors have written stories in twenty-five words or fewer. I just happened to notice this while I was volunteering at the library. It looked fascinating so I took it home and devoured it in an hour or so. Visually it's a very cute book and I really enjoyed it! Recommended!


    • This anthology challenges what literature is expected to be whereas it shows what it does: it creates more questions than answers including the very definition of what is literature.


    • Some great, some funny, some quite poignant- that's pretty good for stories 25 words or less! The fifth star is for the curator Robert Swartwood for conception and publication. Totally worth a spin.



    • Read this in creative writing and just reread tonight. Beautiful funny and heartbreaking. Few words can say so much.


    • Many of these were genius, but some weren't really hints, and some weren't really good. Enough for four stars, but the more average stories made me question why Swartwood felt to include them. I wasn't smart enough for a handful of these (lot of cultural references) maybe these too evaded me.Final note: genius design: of the cover, the about-the-authors, and the stories too. It's a cute book, quick read.


    • As a writer, I really love the idea of being able to tell a story with only a small amount of words. This book was marketed as an experiment based on the story that was supposedly by Ernest Hemingway, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." I have myself always wanted to write my own six-word memoir and never have been able to write one that I felt fit perfectly. This book was more of the editor creating the hint fiction (25 words or less) with 125 stories by award-winning authors and also emerging [...]


    • Fun book. In general, I don't like the flash fiction phenomenon, but this tributary of the trend was actually enjoyable to me. The editor managed to pull together some interesting pieces from interesting people. Some juicy tidbits, for those interested.'Telling' (David Erlewine): 'At eighty five, Mort decided to tell someone about his stutter. He told orderlies, residents, nurses, visitors. He wanted a wife or a child to tell.''Witness' (Mabel Yu): 'He would remember hot oil staining the white p [...]


    • There were pretty good ones in here, but not the most moving. Might need to include happier stories in the next one (if there's a next one). Some excerpts:(view spoiler)[Polygamy by David Joseph I miss here more than the others. Mein Fuhrer by David Joseph By now I've burned pages more than I've read. Pregnancy Kit by Jennifer Haddock A drop of pee. An unanswered prayer. The second pink line draws one childhood to an end as another begins.(hide spoiler)]


    • Heard of Hemingway's 6 word story? Hint fiction (the term was coined by author Robert Swartwood) strives to tell a story in 25 words (or less) which "hints" at a larger story. Although it isn't to everyone's taste, flash and hint fiction allow readers to open their imaginations and visualize a broader story however they choose. This neat little volume contains pieces from well-known authors Tess Gerritsen, Peter Straub, and Ha Jin as well as relatively unknown writers from all walks of life. It [...]


    • This was a fun, quick read that I found to be a fascinating idea, a thought-provoking smorgasbord of fiction. A wide stable of authors from a variety of genres took up the challenge to write a concise, self contained story in under 25 words, "hinting" at things going on behind the carefully chosen, spare narratives. I read the book on recommendation from a "flash fiction" class I took at the Loft, and I feel that such pared down writing is quite a challenging writing excercise and it was very in [...]


    • Stories in 25 words or fewer. What a concept! I love it! I have to create a passive program challenging my adult patrons to come up with their own hint fiction. Some of those in the book are a little too hard-core for more sensitive readers though"The boy would never forget the expression on his sister's face when he pulled the trigger of the rifle he thought unloaded." What did he shoot? Her? Her cat? Himself? *shudder*"The pen, which was attached to the bank counter, did not go all the way thr [...]


    • This was one of the birthday gifts from my boyfriend, and I had a hibernating day today, feeling ill and in a hiding mood, so I read it, cover to cover.And it's wonderful. Simply wonderful. Highly recommended. Some will recommend it for people who don't read much or who have limited time to read, but really, anyone can appreicate this.This is short stories, by well-known and obscure writers, in 21 words or less, but still full and complete short stories in the sense that they hint at a much larg [...]


    • HINT FICTION is a book that I'm instantly eager to reread, and it confirms my love of "shorts": six-worders, haiku, cinquain, flash fiction. Of all those genres, my favorite is hint fiction: "a story of 25 words or fewer that suggests a larger, more complex story." The implied larger story appeals to the novelist in me.My favorite in Robert Smarthood's anthology is a piece by Randall Brown called "Therapy Dog":"The autistic boy wanted to pet her head. She made herself stay, as if he rubbed out t [...]


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