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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 x 6 x 0.3 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: #5,841,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

I'm glad you stopped by to take a look at my books! That means that you're an intelligent, discerning, and - chances are - attractive enthusiast of the written language. Here you will find a number of books that I've either written or in which one or more of my stories is featured.

Typically I write 'flash fiction' stories that are a page long and the collections 'Briefs for the Reading Room' and 'Change of Briefs' are book-length compilations of these with some additional witticisms and fabricated factoids for your amusement. They're great for times when you have a few minutes to spare and don't want to get started on a full length book.

'Thomas Granger' is my full length novel based loosely on my college days although it is quite fictional. It's good read for when you have a little longer to spend. The other compilations include stories that I've submitted and were chosen for anthologies along with other writers. No matter which you choose, you get my satisfaction guarantee. If you don't like it, I'll write you a new story for free! No other author cares about you that much.

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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 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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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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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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