As part of my month long theme of short and shortish stories, I figured I'd start with one of the shortest ones I've read in recent memory, Hexes and Tooth Decay: A Short Story. I came across this one for free on Amazon one day and it sat on my to be read shelf for several months before I finally said, "Hey, what's this!"
I opened it up during a commercial break (because, of course, that's when I do my best reading), and by the time the break was over, I was done with it. But, I must say, even though it has to have been the shortest ebook I've ever seen, I was not disappointed. I was, however, concerned that my review would be longer than the story...
Hexes and Tooth Decay: A Short Story by Nancy Fulda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Funny and worth a read.
This one literally took me about two minutes to read, but it had me laughing and smiling. It's a clever take on the origins of a certain mystical being much loved by elementary school children.
I can say that it is rare for me to rate a short story with five stars, but this one deserves it. The plot is well developed, the characters (three of them, it is a short after all) vivid and strange, and the parting shot at the end is fantastic.
A winner for adults and kids (I'd say middle-schoolers), though adults should read it first before passing it along.
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