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50 short, concise selections from Bob Thurber, award winning writer, acclaimed master of the short form, and the author of "Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel." Most of them written during his 20 year apprenticeship, and later published, many of these selections have been utilized as teaching tools in schools and colleges. If you enjoy small 'bite-size' stories, or are a fan 50 short, concise selections from Bob Thurber, award winning writer, acclaimed master of the short form, and the author of "Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel." Most of them written during his 20 year apprenticeship, and later published, many of these selections have been utilized as teaching tools in schools and colleges. If you enjoy small 'bite-size' stories, or are a fan of micro-fiction and flash fiction, you'll appreciate these sharply written, miniature creations from a "masterful wordsmith."


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50 short, concise selections from Bob Thurber, award winning writer, acclaimed master of the short form, and the author of "Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel." Most of them written during his 20 year apprenticeship, and later published, many of these selections have been utilized as teaching tools in schools and colleges. If you enjoy small 'bite-size' stories, or are a fan 50 short, concise selections from Bob Thurber, award winning writer, acclaimed master of the short form, and the author of "Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel." Most of them written during his 20 year apprenticeship, and later published, many of these selections have been utilized as teaching tools in schools and colleges. If you enjoy small 'bite-size' stories, or are a fan of micro-fiction and flash fiction, you'll appreciate these sharply written, miniature creations from a "masterful wordsmith."

30 review for Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Y

    Have you ever found yourself stuck in a story? What about several? How would you feel to have your heart and emotions soar and shot down in less than 200 words? Oh yeah, this is a collection that is not for the weak! It’s time for a review of “Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories” By Bob Thurber. Opinion Thank you Kindle Unlimited for finding me this recommendation. I picked up “Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories” on KU, and it’s an easy set of short stories to read. I have fr Have you ever found yourself stuck in a story? What about several? How would you feel to have your heart and emotions soar and shot down in less than 200 words? Oh yeah, this is a collection that is not for the weak! It’s time for a review of “Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories” By Bob Thurber. Opinion Thank you Kindle Unlimited for finding me this recommendation. I picked up “Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories” on KU, and it’s an easy set of short stories to read. I have friends in the Twitter #writingcommunity who are huge on microfiction and short stories, and I’m serious when I say this book should be a model for both types. Let’s start with first impressions. The first story threw me into an emotional upheaval and rather quickly, an eyeopener to be sure. I immediately wanted to read more because of all of the ways that the first story took me to about 11 different emotional states. I felt so bad in the story for the character of Roy because Roy deserves better than the situation he is in. For those of you who do not have any clue what I’m ranting about, this series of stories is enough to wake you without coffee. These are amazingly well-written stories. Let’s go into a critique, and this has to do with the e-copy, and my “Story Structure, Foundation and Presentation” portion of my scoring. In this case, it’s that there isn’t any space between paragraphs, and it causes some eye strain. It’s slightly exacerbated by the fact that the indenting is odd for this e-copy. It’s a 3 or 4 space indent on a default, and with Left Aligned margins, so it makes it look like broken puzzle pieces. The reason that’s a tad rough on the eyes has to do with it’s not an even respite to move to the next part of the story. It’s merely a jagged wall of text. With that said let me go into what I truly love about “Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories”. The precision and expert writing that I mentioned earlier is no joke. The beginning of the story goes into the accolades that the Author has achieved, but I skipped that part. I wanted to read the stories. I was impressed by how good these are. I mean it’s one thing to have someone tell you they are good, it’s another thing entirely to enjoy them yourselves. So please take my word for it, read this set for the experience. I truly enjoyed that regardless of how short the story was, the characters had proper development and the story moved well. There were some that were VERY short and still written to be complete stories for what was presented. It’s a marvelous set to read. The other thing I enjoyed is the micro-fiction stories such as “Biology Lesson” is that though it’s short, it’s profound. This one, for example, is the kind of memory story I’d have from my childhood. Meaning, I have flashes of memories of things that I recall, and they are just about that big of memory as this story is on paper. It’s a thing that I remember and feel, generally involving my parents, but it had a lasting effect on me. “Biology Lesson” is a lot like a personal memory I affectionately remember as “The Cheeseburger Discussion” and I’m not getting into that, but it left me haunted just as much as “Biology Lesson” did. I think that’s my point though, that these little stories are a mix of nostalgia and something new. Let me go into one last bit. I do not like to give spoilers, but the story that left me haunted for a lifetime will be “Grave Invitation.” The imagery and detail work done in such a short story left me chilled. I love that death is fashionable. Also for that specific story, there is a link to a presentation for e-readers, so you should check that out as well. I think that added to my enjoyment of the story was to see it presented in a new way. Honestly, things like little bits and links to stuff are why I love e-copies so much because I can experience something unique if people add links and bits. It doesn’t exactly change the scoring, but it is a personal thing I love about e-book space. I read for the experience and entertainment, and I enjoy it when an author or publisher adds a little something there to reward me for what I like. Score With all of this in mind, I am giving “Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories” a well earned 90/100 which is a five-star review on Goodreads and Amazon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

    great as a condensed Ray Carver These stories will stay with you long after you put the book down. The endings must be gifts from a muse. The heroism of everyday people trying to get through their actual and their dream lives.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda L.

    Compelling Bites You know when you get a box of assorted chocolates with no guide so that every choice is a surprise and you cannot stop sampling because of the anticipation of what might be in the next piece? This book is that unmarked box.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom Spokane

    Rapid Fire Dramas Bob Thurber’s short fictions are snapshots of impromptu lives, and bare-wire emotions expressed in abridged narratives. Many twists and open endings to stories stir the imagination and allow the reader license to concoct their own endings, their own continuation, or settle into Thurber’s intense drama packed into postage-stamp scenes. I highly recommend Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories if you are searching for fresh stories delivered rapid fire.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne T. Wood

    Bites of feeling This book...or more accurately its stories...is the kind of experience that is hard to come by. Like a sounds only briefly perceived and then lost or a scent only caught for an instant, feelings are stirred deeply hunting of much deeper understanding and awareness, not readily defined. A really memorable reading experience. I

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul Triller

    Raw. Like reading the script to the dreams of Tom Waits. Amazing use of a few but terse, but fully-loaded sentences

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kenny Chaffin

    I'm often very skeptical of single author collections, but these deliver. Much variety and a bit of a dark tone. The are stories of the underdogs, survivors, the downtrodden. Just maybe (or maybe not) slightly darker than Raymond Carver and slightly shorter for the most part. Don't look for cheery inspirational tales here, but nitty-gritty street-wise flash and micro fictions. Great Stuff.... I particularly enjoyed: the opening story - Lord Have Mercy Duck Walk Deathbed Notes of an old Queer Priest. I'm often very skeptical of single author collections, but these deliver. Much variety and a bit of a dark tone. The are stories of the underdogs, survivors, the downtrodden. Just maybe (or maybe not) slightly darker than Raymond Carver and slightly shorter for the most part. Don't look for cheery inspirational tales here, but nitty-gritty street-wise flash and micro fictions. Great Stuff.... I particularly enjoyed: the opening story - Lord Have Mercy Duck Walk Deathbed Notes of an old Queer Priest. Grays Wishes Shuteye The Cricket War (which I swear I've read somewhere else, but can't remember where) Rooms for Rent, Men Only. and the last - Quarter of Midnight Great Stuff! Definitely worth the time!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    "Exceedingly Short Stories" is definitely not a misnomer. One of the stories is just 25 words long, although most are about a page and a half in length. A collection like this is the perfect exercise for a reader like me, who tends to let words wash over them rather than keening in on the smaller details. I set myself up a challenge of reading just a few stories a day, making sure that I spent the time to properly digest the content. I can't say there's a lot of sunshine on these pages, but there "Exceedingly Short Stories" is definitely not a misnomer. One of the stories is just 25 words long, although most are about a page and a half in length. A collection like this is the perfect exercise for a reader like me, who tends to let words wash over them rather than keening in on the smaller details. I set myself up a challenge of reading just a few stories a day, making sure that I spent the time to properly digest the content. I can't say there's a lot of sunshine on these pages, but there were many times where I completely identified with the eomtions at play. This is a very worthy collection of shorts, and one that I benefitted from as a reader.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paul Mena

    A fascinating collection of very short stories, the majority of which are only long enough to leave a reader breathless, excitedly waiting for more. I read all of them in the space of a weekend, and then went back to read my favorites again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mystee Pulcine

    as with most anthologies, some are better than others, but overall I really enjoyed this read. I had a hard time stopping.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine M Skynar

    Fast and Good Better than I had hoped. Very enjoyable. I wonder why my review needs to be almost as long as an average story in this book?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anonyma'am

    It's been a while since I read this, but I remember a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Too many of the stories just ended with no resolution. Now, that isn't always bad, but these felt like the author just stopped writing and went on to something else. Others I just didn't "get". Maybe they were too deep for me to read just before bed so I tried some during the day. Nope. I just don't get 'em. I might flip through Amazon's See Inside preview on a couple of books, but at this time I don't see It's been a while since I read this, but I remember a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Too many of the stories just ended with no resolution. Now, that isn't always bad, but these felt like the author just stopped writing and went on to something else. Others I just didn't "get". Maybe they were too deep for me to read just before bed so I tried some during the day. Nope. I just don't get 'em. I might flip through Amazon's See Inside preview on a couple of books, but at this time I don't see myself buying any more from this author which makes me sad because I really like short stories - just not these.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wayne E

    Murky I accidentally gave this book three stars, not intending to give a review. Knowing that 3 stars was too high and some desperate fool could read it and sink a little further, I changed it to two.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Randolph Rossu

    Brief Stories are Quick to Read But Have Very Little Character Development This book was a quick read and some of the stories made you think about how the result of the story. Interesting but not very fulfilling.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amber DuBois

    It's a good thing these stories are short, because you can get one or two in before you fall asleep. It's a good thing these stories are short, because you can get one or two in before you fall asleep.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jan Moens

    7,5/10

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Njuguna

    Just ok Every single story was as short as it was tragic. A couple of alternate endings would have done some good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alli Agro

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jay Balwanth

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rima Chamout

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jerre A. Purvis

  23. 4 out of 5

    pam r. deville

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Stapleton

  25. 5 out of 5

    irwin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Crowe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shari Bonds

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alfred O

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

  30. 5 out of 5

    Oliver B Burkett

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