I don’t often take much notice of the recommendations that I get from Amazon, but the Dan Rhodes book covers are so intriguing, that when this was suggested to me (after buying Little Hands Clapping) I thought I’d take a look. It sounded quirky and totally up my street (and £2.27 on Kindle).
This isn’t a story, and it’s barely a whole book really – it’s only 101 short stories of just 101 words long each. It literally took me about 1-2 hours to read. But they were a couple of wonderful, surreal hours.
Each of the stories (or almost story idea outlines) was about love, obsession or relationships of some form. They all had one word titles and these were in alphabetical order. I will share one (hopefully not contravening any copyright laws) which I absolutely loved and will give you a taster!
They kidnapped my girlfriend and asked for an awful lot of money before they would even think of giving her back. I was grateful for the peace and quiet, so I wasn’t in too much of a hurry to settle up. After a while they started posting me little pieces of her, starting with an ear in a soap dish. For some reason they aren’t lowering the ransom. It doesn’t make sense. They seem to think I’d pay as much for a girlfriend with no thumbs, ears, nose or nipples as I would for one with all her bits still there.
Some of the stories were out-loud snort funny, some were rather sad and some didn’t quite work – but even then, with 101 stories, you just know you’re going to come across one that you think “Brilliant!” in a matter of minutes!
If you get it, look out for Beauty, Binding & Lesbian as they were some of my memorable (off the top of my head) favourites.