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The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories : Volume 3 : Edited by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories - Volume 3 - Edited by Joseph Gordon Levitt Title: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 3
Edited by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Publisher: It Books
ISBN: 978-0062121653
Genre: Short Stories, Flash Fiction
Pages: 128
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

We all know of the Tiny Stories. Well, most of us do anyway. It is an effort of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his team, who encourage tiny stories to be sent from any part of the world, select the ones they like and publish them in a book format under the publishing house, It Books.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is another level of storytelling altogether. It is not flash fiction for the sake of the name. Actually it is quite ironical because it stays even after the story is long over and the book is long finished.

The book has only 128 pages to speak of and yet the impact is ten times than probably reading a novel would give you. The book can fit easily in your bag and is a sure shot way to make you smile or lift your spirits when down.

The illustrations are par excellence. They depict every single story with accuracy and great precision. I cannot stop recommending these tales enough and if you want to have a good night’s sleep then I suggest you read this and go to bed. You will dream in black and white, which will be gorgeous.

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The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 3

B is for Bad Poetry by Pamela August Russell

B is for Bad Poetry by Pamela August Russell Title: B is for Bad Poetry
Author: Pamela August Russell
Publisher: Sterling
ISBN: 978-1402767876
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 118
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

Pamela August Russell takes the ordinary, the mundane and the daily situations and turns them into poetry. The title of the book is utterly misleading because her poetry is anything but bad. These poems shine. They make you want to believe in everything around you and as quickly convert you to a non-believer. They are tongue-in-cheek, raw, intense, stupidly funny at times and mostly they are just mocking all of us, with a lot of ease and panache.

Nietzsche and the Ice-Cream Truck

“B is for Bad Poetry” is one of those reads that do not end. They can be referred to or picked at any time and the reader will feel good for a bit. The feel-good factor and the melancholic angle of the book creates the right balance that is needed in a book of poems, and to top it all, Russell does this with a sense of humour.

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The poems talk of demons of everyday life, but without making them sound like demons. They soothe you and comfort you and at the same time make you see things for exactly how they are. There is irony, humour and everything else in-between in this collection. Russell makes no bones about life, nor does she sugar-coat anything for the reader. She serves it the way she sees it or has experienced it. I think that is the best way to write poems anyway.

Tea for Two

“B is for Bad Poetry” is a book which can be read anywhere. It is a small read, infused with doses of loss and love and humour to the brim. This is a book of poems for all – for some who take them seriously and for some who do not. I highly recommend this one for people who are just starting to read poetry. This one will not intimidate you for sure.