Two Hundred Very Short Stories: review

200 Very Short Stories 250In keeping with the spirit of this book, I will keep this review short.

I love the premise of Helen Keeling-Marston’s book. I am a fast reader, but even so, starting a new novel can feel like a mountain to climb. Here’s a book that offers fun, clever, ‘quick-grab’ stories.

I kept Two Hundred Very Short Stories by the kettle, and over a month I read a story or two every time I made a hot drink. It was a lovely way to read, and it really enriched that month (and, I found, made me more inclined to say ‘Fancy a cuppa?’ to my husband).

I enjoyed some stories more than others, but in all I appreciated the author’s eagerness to provide a final twist that frequently left me sipping tea with a smile on my face.

* My rating: Four stars *

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book details

Author: Helen Keeling-Marston

Genre: Short stories


Two Hundred Very Short Stories is a collection of stories each so short that the reader can start … and finish … a whole one in one night – some even in a minute! Recognising that many people don’t have enough time for regular reading – and thus can easily lose the thread of a novel – Helen Keeling-Marston set about writing a collection of short stories. Two Hundred Very Short Stories – Helen’s first book – features an eclectic mix of short stories and flash fiction: flash fiction being works of extreme brevity. Similar to a musical mix tape, the collection of stories aims to elicit a range of different emotions from the reader: joy, sadness, amusement, befuddlement, intrigue and fear. Be warned, however, that you’ll need to have your wits about you when reading this book, as Two Hundred Very Short Stories isn’t always a passive experience!

Publisher: Self-published

Publication date: 15 April 2015

Length: 192 pages

Available from: Amazon