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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393338460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393338461
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Some of these stories suggest entire novels in just few words. So, in this small book, you have a whole library. It’s reading at the speed of light.” (Robert Shapard, editor of Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction)

“The perfect story collection for all of us with too little time on our hands is a brilliant reminder of the magic that happens when you string the right words together. A must-read for anyone who is or wants to be a writer.” (Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of House Rules)

“The stories in Robert Swartwood's Hint Fiction have some serious velocity. Some explode, some needle, some bleed, and some give the reader room to dream. They're fun and addictive, like puzzles or haiku or candy. I've finished mine but I want more.” (Stewart O'Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster)

About the Author

Robert Swartwood is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Wigleaf, and PANK. He created the term "hint fiction" and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. Visit him online at robertswartwood.com.

Customer Reviews

It was a very quick read and I had fun with it.
Jean Brandt
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer was, for me, a wonderful read.
Paul VH
This is a thought provoking and very clever collection of 'stories.'
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A.M Donovan on November 16, 2010
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Just got my copy last night. Started reading, (Sorry "Chuck" had to pass up our usual date, will catch you next week) and it's like potato chips. Just can't stop with just one, and then the next thing you know, you've eaten the whole bag!
Don't skip the titles, they are an integral part of the stories!
If you are looking for something with everything spelled out for you, from the color of his eyes to the length of her hair and the age of the oak tree in the front yard, then you will hate this.
Well, raspberries to you!
But, if you like a good conversation, where you need to stretch a little and have your imagination triggered, you will really enjoy this book!
Some of these come at you straight on, and some will blind side you.
Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel M. Pierce on January 3, 2014
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This book gives a nice variety of hint fiction that serves as a good example of what the genre is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Patterson on July 17, 2012
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Lots of oohs & aahs! It's addictive. I've read it 3x already! Recommend it to everyone.
I was inspired to write some of my own hint fiction!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lillerenee on December 6, 2010
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I am one of those people who like every little detail. I always thought condensed books were a crime against literature. I didn't expect to be anything but frustrated by a "hint" of a story. OK, I ordered the book because my daughter's submission is part of this collection. It is usually her poetry that is published so I was curious. I was surprised that I found the little blurps to be refreshing right before my eyes fell shut in my bed at night: they nudged my imagination. Rather than be annoyed, I was intrigued by the clever craftsmanship of the writers. When I ordered a book I usually would not have ordered, I found out that a lot can be said with just a "hint". It doesn't take a lot of words to provoke creative ideas. This book is a lot of fun, whether a great distraction is needed or a spurt of imagination is needed. It is, also, great the second and third time around because the hints provoke different scenarios each time they are read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul VH on April 11, 2011
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Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer was, for me, a wonderful read. When I first dove into this work I approached it like any other collection of works I would examine; I flipped to a random page and read it, then flipped to another random page and read. Eventually I found that I enjoyed the thoughtfulness of the individual works so much that I actually too the time to look through the structure. There are three sections: 1) Life & Death, Love & Hate, and This & That. The first piece I would not personally have looked at as a "life & Death" work but more of a "Return to and Old Job" work - perhaps "Love & Hate" or maybe even, "Ambivalence." Still, however the reader takes it, it was a marvelous starting piece.

My favorite selection requires a little foreknowledge. Suffice it to say, if you are familiar with the play, "Waiting for Gadot," then you will likely enjoy this work as much as I did. Through tears and side-splitting pain I laughed so hard I could barely breathe.

There are a few entries that I could not understand how they got in, but the real beauty of this format is its dependence on the perspective of the reader. Every person who reads it will take something different from each entry, and yet it is a beautifully thought-provoking work.

As a collection, I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys reading thoughtful works or even mysteries, and especially for anyone who wishes to become a writer. I'll be keeping this work around on my shelf for years to come. I would also recommend taking at least an hour after reading each work to think about the work. It's like fine-dining for the intellect. The portions are small, but worth savoring every taste.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Granfors TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2011
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"Hint Fiction," works of 25 words or fewer, is presented here by Robert Swartwood. Writers range from well known (Joyce Carol Oates) to the unknown. On every page, there is a complete story. The editing has used fonts and graphic design to enhance the stories. The impact of each is a separate dynamic. There is sorrow, irony, humor, and pain. This is a terrific little book in a new form of fiction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WSB on December 18, 2010
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This little book will make you laugh, you will marvel at the genius of the minds who wrote the stories, and all in all, it will resonate deep inside your psyche. Your literary friends will love it, and feel touched that you shared.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bridget3420 on December 6, 2010
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I loved this book! The short yet entertaining stories are unlike anything I have ever read before. Hint Fiction was refreshing because it proves that a lot of fluff isn't necessary to make a story work. This would make a great gift this holiday season, even for those who aren't avid readers.
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