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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Marvcorp Publishing; 1st edition (December 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982278306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982278307
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,380,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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There are over 100 tiny tales to get you through some difficult times; Dan's subject matter ranges from fantasy, to courtroom drama, to mystery, to children's themes, to just good ole thought provoking fiction. After about the first 20 stories, I found myself going back and rereading them to figure out if I had missed anything. I wanted more. Indeed, in less than a page I was completely engrossed in the character and wanted more from them. But again and again, I was expecting too much. Be warned! Many of the stories will just be getting good when they suddenly come to an end, leaving you to wonder what the heck happened. But that's the beauty of a book like this; the author wants you to think about each story long after you finished it. Dan has done a superb job of keeping the stories concise and detailed enough for you to draw your own conclusions. There is not a single word wasted! --The Lulu Book Review

Some painters are good are rendering life-like portraits that show every detail. You can marvel at the picture they paint for you and get lost in the detail. However, the minimalist movement shows that sometimes, less is more. In "Briefs for the Reading Room", Dan Marvin is a minimalist. You fill in the blanks. The stories immediately rope you in and the characters resonate even though you catch them right in the middle of the action. If you don't like one story, there are 101 more just waiting to be explored. And if those aren't enough, the book is full of 'fabricated factoids' and 'questionable quotations' that give you a chuckle. Briefs isn't all comedy, but it's a great diversion at a time when the world needs to not take itself so seriously. --New Media Reviews

From the Author

Thank you for examining Briefs for the Reading Room, a collection of micro-novels.  This book literally spans 25 years of my life, I didn't even know I had started a book when I first began sending out one page stories to friends in college.  What surprised me is that they enjoyed some of the stories and encouraged me to keep writing.  So I did.

Now you can purchase this first collection of my flash fiction for your very own.  The hard copy version makes a handy companion when nature calls.  The kindle version can entertain you for hours without ever having to remember where you left off. 

To aspiring writers, and especially writers of flash fiction, I encourage you to just sit down and start writing.  There is nothing more fun (OK, maybe SOMETHING more fun but stick with me here) than putting the finishing touches on a story that comes together perfectly. 

So once again thank you, and I hope you will plunk down a few of your hard earned dollars for a copy of Briefs.  If you like what you see, be sure to keep an eye out for Dan Marvin's New Briefs debuting soon, and also pick up a copy of my novel Thomas Granger
which is like a flash fiction story stretched out to novel proportions.

More About the Author

There are few pursuits quite so humbling as writing. -TS Elliot

OK, I'll be honest, I doubt that TS Elliott ever said that. My recollection of reading TS Elliot's poetry was that he was not prone to succinctness (or humility). With that said, writing is humbling. Those of us afflicted with the writing bug, or cursed with the writing gene, or by other circuitous routes find ourselves prone to letting other people read our thoughts do so because we must, not because we necessarily want to. More often than not prose bubbles forth unbidden and we're lucky if we can beat it, through sheer force of will, into something we don't hate. Ah, but I sound jaded. Honestly, I'm not jaded. I like writing and, more to the point, I like readers of my writing. And here you are, reading my writing, so by extension I like YOU.

You'll find various and sundry of my writings here. From the novel "Thomas Granger" which harkens back to my college days to the "Briefs for the Reading Room" collections of just my work to the "Aspiring Writers" series of anthologies that feature my stories there is something here for every taste and budget. I encourage you to read all of them because they are each, in their own way, bits of me. If you have to pick just one, I recommend "Dan Marvin's Change of Briefs." It's by far the most polished of the bunch.

If you're here for a bit of background I can give you that. Outwardly I'm middle aged, sagging a bit in places one would prefer not to sag but inwardly I still feel quite young and vibrant. I suppose none of us ever is his or her real age, when we're young we yearn to be older and when we finally get there, we wonder why were in such an all-fired rush. God has blessed me with a beautiful, wonderful wife and three children, each amazing in his and her and her own way. I'm an executive at a company that makes flooring adhesives and in my free time I enjoy geocaching and sleeping, not necessarily in that order. I enjoy the flavor of a good beer, whiling away an hour or two watching the Bills get beaten by the rest of the NFL, and I like to ride horses. I travel a good bit and my wife and I are always up for a new restaurant or a local festival.

So there, now you know more about me, you've learned a new quote that may or may not be attributed to TS Elliot and you've found a place where you can purchase my books. All in all I'd say it was quite a successful outing for you.

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I look forward to his next book.
J. Cuthbertson
The stories are the perfect length for the...um...reading locale, and the stories are diverse and enjoyable.
Michael J. Fuller
Each story is indeed only 1 or 2 pages long, so you can get through several in...ahem...one sitting.
Shannon L. Yarbrough

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Cuthbertson on March 22, 2010
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Mr. Marvin has created a really interesting mix of what almost seemed like random thoughts that were then crafted cleverly into interesting mostly humorous stories. I tried my best to get them narrowed down to my "Fab 5", but just couldn't do it. So my favorite 6 are as follows and the order that they are in is just the order that they were in the book:

p.15 Two Summers Tales
p.19 Your Money Your Choice
p.47 Arizona Justice
p.70 Driving Mr. Smith
p.82 Two Sides to the Coin
p.97 Several Days Beyond Over

All so different, but all so clever.

I look forward to his next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Tholl on June 6, 2009
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A pleasant little read. I like the way Marvin's brain works, both warped and scattered at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on January 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bathroom duty has been the subject of many books, mostly targeted toward children. Some of my favorites are The Gas We Pass and Everyone Poops. But just search the word "poop" at Amazon and you'll find books for adults as well. Dan Marvin's book, Briefs for the Reading Room, is one such book, but don't worry. It's not about what's in the bowl, but instead is a book designed to give you something to read while waiting for the end result.

In Dan's introduction, he jokes that we probably spend about 14 years of our life in the bathroom. I tried Googling that theory to see how close to the truth he might be. The first answer I found to my question of how long do we actually spend on the toilet was "Depends if the book I'm reading is a good one." I couldn't have said it better myself. And at long last, an author has created a book of "micro-novels" specifically designed to make better use of the time we spend on the throne or "in the library."

As Dan puts it, "I jump right to the good part, wrap it up in a hurry, and let you get on with your life." Each story is indeed only 1 or 2 pages long, so you can get through several in...ahem...one sitting. There's no character development, no plot set up, no pages and pages of setting, description, or flashbacks to mull over or flip through. If you like flash fiction, it doesn't get any flashier than this! I've never tried to write flash fiction myself, but have often read it (some good and some bad). I know it's all about size (often less than 200 words) and content (you try telling a good story in 200 words or less). And I also know Dan Marvin is a genius at it.

There are over 100 tiny tales to get you through some "difficult times.
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By Carly on November 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I got a copy of this book, I didn't think I would be able to make much use of it. After all, when would I read tiny stories when I could make progress in a bigger work?

As it turns out, these flash fiction pieces are quite nice to read before bed or when you have a few minutes to wait around. You don't have to commit to any large piece or anything. I end up reading several a week before I fall asleep when I didn't think I would.

The stories are not just useful, however. Most of them are entertaining and are addictive to read. Some are better than others, which is to be expected in such a large and varied collection, but overall the stories are decent and fun. I can't say the book is amazing or life changing (the only reason my rating lacks one star), but it's definitely worth buying, especially at such a deal of a price. I'm proud to own a copy of Dan Marvin's Briefs.
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Much like the cover suggests, the best place for this book is on top of the toilet. The stories are the perfect length for the...um...reading locale, and the stories are diverse and enjoyable. You'll have your favorites, and you'll find something new every time you pick it up!
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