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.