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The Exploding Boy and other tiny tales [Kindle Edition]

Nick Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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'Astonishing... forty two short, swift, crowd-pleasing stories. Full of little pleasure bursts. Proof that the short story is still a public good.' Ian Sansom, The Guardian.


'I bloody LOVE these stories: short, clever, oblique. Just what the form is for.' John Mitchinson, QI.


'Creepily brilliant' The Mail on Sunday


'Fit to rub shoulders with the likes of Richard Brautigan... a tremendous collection which sets the bar extremely high.' Bookmunch


These forty two short, funny and sometimes strange short stories ask the questions that are on everybody's lips: Why did the national anthem turn out rubbish? Why has the supply teacher blacked out all the windows? Why have the islanders run amok like that? Where do those ladders go, anyway? And what, exactly, is up with all the walruses?


Parker's brilliantly bizarre stories have been compared to George Saunders, Magnus Mills, Edward Gorey, Tim Burton, Donald Barthelme and Richard Brautigan. (Which made him feel pretty smug, as you can probably imagine.)

About the Author

By day, Nick Parker is creative director of language consultancy The Writer.

By night, he writes his tiny tales, at an excruciatingly slow pace.

By the by, he once wrote a book about toast. ('Toast: Homage to a Superfood', Prion 2002.)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490517693
  • Publisher: spigmite books (15 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WCX8SW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
`The Exploding Boy and other tiny tales' has an otherworldliness about it which you'll either love or hate (I loved it). Each short story starts with a killer first line which hooks you in from the first instant ("We are in need of a new type of fire", "I once knew a boy who had stones for eyes"). And the whimsical tone means you can just enjoy the stories for what they are without bemoaning the fact that there's often no explanation for what's going on.

There are 42 stories here so you're definitely getting the right amount of bang for your buck. Even though some of them are almost unbearably short (less than a Kindle page), the bite-sized nature of them adds to their appeal. My personal favourite is `the field of ladders', one of the meatier tales in the book. It's about, obviously, a field of ladders and has some genuinely surprising imagery - you can picture everything in it perfectly.

If you like your stories a bit out of left field, this is definitely the book for you. Well worth a download.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for everyone you know as a present 10 July 2013
Format:Paperback
Genius stories which make you question your reality and which make you laugh. A lot! If you ever wondered what the short story was for, read this book and find out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars reframe your reality 3 July 2013
Format:Paperback
If you are looking to completely change your perspective on the world around you... read this book. These micro-stories are just pure enjoyment. And while each of them is short you will feel like you have read a series of novels after finishing it. Then you will want to read it again. And then share your favorite ones with your friends.

Sometimes you just need a break from your assumed reality. The Exploding Boy is a book that does that, and very quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowingly good stories 2 July 2013
By Franky
Format:Paperback
I was lucky enough to listen to the author, Nick Parker, reading a couple of stories from this collection at an event in Bristol and he stole the show. Very very funny, with just enough pathos in the mix to grit the pearl. Perfect present for younger brothers who don't read enough and have a wacky sense of humour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang 2 July 2013
Format:Paperback
Nick Parker's "Exploding Boy" has been compared to many other writers - George Saunders, Edmund Gorey etc - but really these stories belong uniquely to Nick Parker. The other comparisons are simply readers struggling to come up with ways to describe the idiosyncratic style and to entice you to buy along the algorhythmic lines of "If you like George you'll like Nick". That might be true but all I'd say to entice you is Nick Parker's stories are there to be read, there's no one else writing quite like this, and you'll be taken by surprise in every story. What's more the stories are really short so the surprises come thick and fast. Surprise yourself, read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and assured 23 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Some of the little stories in this treasure trove are so delightfully bonkers that they go full circle, making the real world of our daily lives seem insanely dull. Each tale is well crafted, confidently written and original, making the book compulsive reading as you turn the pages to find out what other surprises lay in store (and there are plenty of them). Fabulous, in every sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Did Edmund Hillary knit his own ropes?"
Forty-three brilliantly strange - and strangely brilliant - stories by Nick Parker make up this extremely funny, quietly surreal and sometimes worryingly sinister collection which... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jon Fortgang
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissfully odd bedtime reading
This is my book of the year. As soon as I read the final page I turned to the beginning and read it all over again. Witty, intelligent, controversial and tender. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pip Trentham
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but Mighty!
The Exploding Boy & other tiny tales was my fave book of 2012 & 2013. Nick Parker's small but mighty fictions float like butterflies but punch like Ali! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Zsuzsi-Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange stories that are actually about something
I love this story collection. It's packed full of wild scenarios and bizarre imaginative leaps. But unlike a lot of flash and micro-fiction, these stories resonate a long time... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Neil Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite short story collection of the year
I buy and read a lot of short stories. The Exploding Boy and other tiny tales is my favourite short story collection of the year. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Elen Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this book
I really like this book. It's very quirky and original - the only author I can really compare it to is George Saunders. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. C. Shevlin
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