100 One Hundred Word Tales by Jonathan Hill

If you've read Indie Bookworm before you'll know that I'm a great admirer of Jonathan Hill's short stories (Eclectic and Beyond Eclectic) and his "Maureen" novellas.

Several months ago, drabbles written by this author started appearing on a variety of websites. For the uninitiated, a drabble is a form of "flash fiction": in this case a piece of writing precisely 100 words long. In August 2013 Jonathan Hill launched his first collection of drabbles: 100 One Hundred Word Tales.

I first encountered flash fiction in mid-2012. As I found out at the time, definitions vary and alternative names include micro-story, postcard fiction and short, short story. The word count for flash fiction can be as much as 1000 words but some authorities specify 300 words max. The earliest example of flash fiction appears to be Aesop's Fables and the form has been practised throughout literary history by Chekov, Kafka, Arthur C Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Hemingway et al. Hemingway is credited with the shortest known example of flash fiction: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn".

If you're interested in flash fiction you might like to take a look at this website which has details of National Flash Fiction Day which will be on 21st June this year.

In 100 One Hundred Word Tales, every piece of writing, from the book blurb in the Kindle Store to the author notes at the end of the book, is a drabble. In the author's words: "they are a challenge to write, but fun to read, they often tell a tale with a twist or encapsulate an idea or emotion."

In this collection there is something for everyone including several "Maureen" drabbles which all her fans will enjoy. Some of the drabbles are amusing; some challenging and thought provoking; some are macabre; and "The History of Art Revealed" is laugh aloud funny. Needless to say, all are highly readable; entertaining; and written with style and panache.

Jonathan Hill succeeds in making each of the stories a perfect little miniature often with an unexpected twist at the end. Or, where the ending is anticipated, there is a satisfying sense of completeness.

This collection of drabbles makes ideal reading when circumstances prevent you from settling down to a full novel: the dentist's waiting room in my case. And for only £1, 100 One Hundred Word Tales is remarkably good value at just one penny per story.

Highly recommended and with a great book trailer too.

You can get details of all Jonathan Hill's books on his Amazon author page and on his website.

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Cathy