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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Review and GIVEAWAY: Two-Fisted Tweets- GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Title: Two-Fisted Tweets
Author: James Hutchings
Page Count: super short- approximately 513 words
Publisher: self-published
Genre: runs the gamut
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less:  30 diverse stories, told Twitter-style; 140 characters or less.

I think this book currently holds the record for the fastest-read book I've had in quite some time.  That should come as no surprise, as each of the 30 stories contained herein is precisely one tweet in length, although I admit I didn't count the characters.  I'm prepared to take some things on faith, you know?

Anyway, I immediately saw the potential in these as writing prompts- because each story is so short, you have to let your imagination fill in the gaps and provide the context for the joke of the story, as well as all the relevant details.  Check this one out:
"Death to the mutants!" the preacher roared.  He held a gun in one hand and a Bible in the other, as he thumped the lectern with his fist.
That one was probably my favorite story in this anthology, and the rest are as wry and as funny.  I was strongly reminded of the #notintendedasafactualstatement hashtag, although admittedly Two-Fisted Tweets predates that trend by a mile.  I felt energized to write after finishing this collection; it was like a shot of juice right to my brain.  For such a short book, it packs a whallop- check it out and prepare to be energized yourself.

Check out the book's webpage here and prepare to be entertained.

Overall Grade: A-

Now, on to the giveaway! The rules here are simple. I have TEN (yes, TEN) copies of this book to giveaway, compliments of the author! Therefore, you're going to have to act fast to get in on the action here, as the books will go to the first ten people to COMMENT on this post. All you have to do is leave a comment with a way to contact you and if you're one of the first ten commenters, you win! I'll change the title of the post to reflect when the giveaway is closed. Your email address will be passed along to the author for the purpose of getting you your prize. Good luck!
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