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Breath & Shadow

Spring 2020 - Vol. 17, Issue 2

"Making Every Word Count: A Review"

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A Review of In Fifty Words: Micro Fictions

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” – Shakespeare

A collection of fifty word pieces of micro fiction ranging from the whimsical to the humanistic. Folktales and realistic pieces displaying both imaginative and critical events in spare and thoughtful expression are interspersed expertly in this creative collection by Bob Thurber.

Twists on folksy tales like Rapunzel and Witches of Arthurian legend interspersed among real, and often painful examples of the human condition take the reader through a thought-provoking play of words. These pieces complement one another, the balance takes the reader on a satisfying path of imaginative subjects, relevant language and poetic imagery. The theme, to this reader is somewhat dark fantasy and darker emotions, of what grounds us to this world and the flight of creativity.

What resonated with this reader is the author’s ability to drive home the power of his ideas and hook the reader by the final word. Very few of Thurber’s pieces fell short of this high standard so vital to this type of prose.

Admittedly, this is the first book of Micro fiction to be reviewed by this reader but this form is familiar. That said, the collection was interesting, well-crafted and included captivating topics. This reader was struck by the pieces of human interactions, which are powerful and candidly raw; all in all, a well-balanced and well-crafted book worth reading.

• Paperback: 94 pages other formats: Kindle

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 1086134710

• ISBN-13: 978-1086134711


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Ann’s nonfiction essays have been printed in Dialogue Magazine, among others. Her poems are often featured in Poesis, The Pangolin Review, the Avocet, and Magnets and Ladders. Her poetry is also included in Breath and Shadow’s 2016 debut anthology, Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow. Her first two books, a poetry collection, UPWELLING: POEMS C 2016 and memoir, FOLLOW YOUR DOG A STORY OF LOVE AND TRUST C 2017, are available from all eBook sellers in electronic and print softcover, and as audio books from Audible.

Ann’s third book WORDS OF LIFE: POEMS AND ESSAYS 2019 can also be purchased in all eBook formats and in softcover. The Audible audio book will be released in Fall 2020. Ann’s newest title, A String of Stories: From the Heart to the Future C 2020, is also available as an eBook and softcover.

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