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100 by 100 is exactly that: one hundred stories, each one hundred words long. They tend toward the speculative or strange, often with a twist in the final words. Within these hundred words, author M.L. Kennedy creates universes both hilarious and horrific, sometimes both. Each story feels like a fun-sized candy bar. They’re indulgent and fun. Though you might want a little bit more, ultimately, you’re satisfied. With a hundred entries, you would expect some of them to be hit or miss. While there are a few themes that are overused or twists that don’t quite stick the landing, they are in the minority. Most of the stories are lean, not wasting a word as they set the scene, build the tension, and ultimately resolve.
One of the most marvelous things about this novel, is how the prose reads like the observations and experiences of a detailed orientated cop without actually feeling that it was written by a cop who writes up so many reports that it’s second nature. I certainly got the feeling who John Fisher was, even if he’s not someone I’d be buddies with. Of course, part of that is I like my were-critters to be sexy. Cool. So, if you are looking for Anita Blake like Weres, John Fisher isn’t one of those.
J. Lynn Else is a history buff and ancient Egypt geek. Her book, THE FORGOTTEN: ATEN’S LAST QUEEN was named an Indie Editor’s Choice book by the Historical Novel Society in 2016. Her latest release THE FORGOTTEN: HEIR OF THE HERETIC is now available via Amazon.com and delves deeper into the story of Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s family.
As a reader, I used to be VERY anti-novella. I mean, I want the most bang for my buck, so give me ALL THE PAGES. Right? Not exactly. I used to think an entire story couldn’t possibly be told in less than 50,000 words. In fact, many novellas I read “way back then” didn’t feel finished.