Two-Fisted Tweets

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Thirty mostly humorous stories, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and romance. Each story is less than 140 characters long (the length of a Twitter tweet). More
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Published: Feb. 24, 2011
Words: 510
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458142337
About James Hutchings

James Hutchings lives in Melbourne, Australia. His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Enchanted Conversation and fiction365 among other markets.

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Review by: Lee Ashford on Aug. 09, 2013 : star star star star
"Two-Fisted Tweets" by James Hutchings is VERY brief. If not for its brevity, I would have awarded it more stars, because there are some exceptional gems in here. Sadly, Hutchings put the very best one (in my opinion) as the first one in the book, so it was kind of downhill from there.

Perhaps I should explain a bit more about what this book is. "Two-Fisted Tweets" are short pearls of wisdom (or, conversely, stupidity) that might have been found on the Social Networking site, Twitter. Each of these one-liners would fit within the character limit set by that network. Consequently, there is a lot of white space surrounding each gem, for the sole purpose of adding more pages to the book. All these one-liners could probably be made to fit on two facing pages, but that would greatly detract from the desirability of the book.

As I mentioned above, these are essentially "tweets" which may or may not actually have been found on Twitter. Regardless, they DO comply with the restrictions, so they COULD have been found there.

Some of the tweets are critical of the federal government, which is a pleasure uniquely enjoyed in the USA, due to our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression. Others are simple paraphrases of other common remarks, which may insult some while providing laughter to others. However, there are no sacred cows in this short book, so no topic is off limits.

I already opined re: the "best" tweet, because it so absolutely coincides with the absurdity of the position taken by so many politicos engaged in a contemporary hotbed of discussion. Huh? You'll have to read it yourself, because I refuse to give away what I consider the best tweet, and I also refuse to give away my position on the topic. You will know immediately what I'm talking about once you read it.

In spite of its brevity, "Two-Fisted Tweets" is a book many people should have. Reading it will bring you a measure of pleasure. Memorizing a few of the more relevant tweets will give you ammunition that will make you appear wise and all-knowing during your next "discussion" over a case of beer. I strongly recommend it.

However, in an unusual move, I will also recommend to the author, James Hutchings, that he dig a little deeper; I'm certain he could come up with a lot more of these little tidbits of speculative wisdom for his next book! And I do hope there will be a "next book" of two-fisted tweets.
(review of free book)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on June 22, 2012 : star star star star star
Book Info: Genre: Flash Fiction Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I picked up a free copy from Smashwords after reading Hutchings very funny The New Death and Others; I am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Thirty mostly humorous stories, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and romance. Each story is less than 140 characters long (the length of a Twitter tweet).

My Thoughts: The baby had its mother's eyes. In return for obedience, it promised to give them back. Just an example of the sort of silliness you can expect from these über-short flash-fiction stories. A very bizarre little book, but one I guarantee will make you laugh – and you do like to laugh, don’t you??
(review of free book)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on June 22, 2012 : star star star star star
Book Info: Genre: Flash Fiction Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I picked up a free copy from Smashwords after reading Hutchings very funny The New Death and Others; I am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Thirty mostly humorous stories, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and romance. Each story is less than 140 characters long (the length of a Twitter tweet).

My Thoughts: The baby had its mother's eyes. In return for obedience, it promised to give them back. Just an example of the sort of silliness you can expect from these über-short flash-fiction stories. A very bizarre little book, but one I guarantee will make you laugh – and you do like to laugh, don’t you??
(review of free book)

Review by: Melinda Brasher on May 15, 2012 : star star star star
Very clever! A few were a little crude for my taste, but overall a great read. I laughed out loud. It inspired me to try my hand at the microfiction genre. NOT easy.
(review of free book)

Review by: aobibliophile on July 15, 2011 : star star star star
initially, i thought something was wrong with the file i downloaded but a double and triple check confirmed that i had a good copy. i have never come across anything like this before and consider it a new reading and learning experience.

James Hutchings' thirty stories cover a range of genres and are written in less than 140 characters. my favorites are those about using rope, a stalker, a brain-eating creep, a lonely guy's web profile, a Pavlovian treatment for students and a Mama Monster. there are a few more but the ones i mentioned really grabbed my attention.

Two-Fisted Tweets is a very quick read that - pardon the pun - delivers a punch and then some. it is perfect for whiling the time away - waiting for a ride, commuting or waiting for your date to show up.
(review of free book)

Review by: Mandy Shemery on June 04, 2011 : star star star
Cover

I enjoy the comic book look of the cover.

Plot

Is there really a plot? Of course, you could say there are 30 plots ... each one the length of a tweet (Twitter update ... for those not familiar with Twitter-speak). They're really there to spark your imagination. You can come up with your own back story and future ending for each of these tweets.

Overall

A unique 'book' that can ignite a reader's imagination, if they are so inclined to use it. Some were humorous and some .... not so much.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jess R. on May 16, 2011 : star star star star
I won a copy of this book from the author, ironically by following a link I saw on Twitter.

A very short work, this book contains only a few pages, but I admit, if I'd seen most of these as Facebook statuses or on Twitter, I'd almost certainly have shared/retweeted them myself, because several literally made me LOL.

Told "Twitter style", each "story" is told in 140 characters or less, just as a tweet would be. While a couple of them fell flat for me, I especially loved the zombie one, Thomas the Train's thoughts, the stalking conference, the one about a mother's eyes, and the review for the New Yorker.

The only thing I wish was that it was longer (and don't men hate when women say that??). If Mr. Hutchings could publish a version that had, say, 200+ of these amusing shorts, I would not hesitate to spend my hard-earned money on it.

4/5 Stars, despite the fact it's very very brief.
(review of free book)

Review by: Coral Russell on March 09, 2011 : (no rating)
I really liked the cover art for this anthology. "The achine is broken time m" had me cracking up. He is specializing in flash fiction so you know these items are a quick read, short and sweet. Enjoy!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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