Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Book Review: “Two-Fisted Tweets” by James Hutchings, Amazon, 2011, Kindle Edition.

The telling of stories started with an oral tradition as tales were passed down from one generation of story-teller to the next. Only matters of great historical importance to the people in power or religious works were laboriously committed to paper by hand. When Guttenberg invented his printing press, those oral tales were finally set down on paper. This put into motion the beginning of our great environmental collapse, as four hundred years later we find ourselves now standing on the precipice. LOL.

Now we tell stories digitally on the web, and curiously enough, even as ‘tweets’.

Modeled on the pre-code EC Comics, “Two-Fisted Tweets” greets us with an amazingly nostalgic cover, also by Mr. Hutchings, that would be great wallpaper for anyone’s computer. There are forty tidbit stories crisscrossing some of our favorite genres: Horror, Romance a/k/a Sex, and Science Fiction.

This is a quick read, but a memorable one. While some of the stories are pedestrian, many more are clever and down-right good. This is a great read for the train, your lunch hour, or even out loud. Just because these are written using an economy of words, you won’t feel short changed by these stories.

I have thought about, but will not open a Twitter account: partially because I am a dinosaur, partially because I have nothing profound to say on a day to day basis, and partially because I am afraid my verbal reactions could get me into more trouble than I already can without tweeting. That said, you won’t be in trouble with “Two-Fisted Tweets”.

Buy this book.

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