Book Review: Writer’s Retweet by Piers Anthony


AUTHOR: Piers Anthony

PUBLISHER: Dreaming Big Publications

GENRE: Fantasy



EBOOK: $3.99, but available free for Kindle Unlimited users



Horrifying illusions. Classified government operations. Heavily guarded secrets.

 Cryptic rumors. Dangerous prisoners.

 Irresistible passion.

 Demonic magic.

  Piers Anthony weaves this and more into Writer’s Retweet, a collection of five short stories abounding in the adventure, magic, and naughtiness that fans have come to know and love from this author.

 In “Experiment,” “Discovery,” and “Mission,” painfully average Bigelow Bilge and Paula Plaintiff are thrust unwillingly into a world fraught with terrifying, victim-specific illusions. Who—or what—is the source of these horrifying encounters? Why have Bigelow and Paula been targeted?

  A newspaper reporter in “Dull Street Incident” gets wind of a delicious scandal rumored to have punctuated a stale suburban street. Menacing prisoners, conniving teenage girls, and one well-kept secret leads this reporter to the story of a lifetime. But who will believe it?

  In “Forbidden Fruit,” dowdy, middle-aged Edith happens upon a mysterious fruit that completely alters her life—and the life of Kent, an attractive, young neighbor. Seduced by her newfound magical abilities and rediscovered sex appeal, Edith plunges into a world filled with demons, pleasure, and unthinkable risk.




My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Titles don’t usually do a lot for me but this one grabbed my attention and it’s perfect. Plus, I sold a lot of Piers Anthony books in my bookstore so I’d been planning on checking out his books at some point, this was my perfect chance.

Piers Anthony first introduced these stories as tweets which must have taken a lot of thought. Telling a story 140 words at a time has to be a challenge! I didn’t read these stories as tweets (I have a twitter account but don’t read tweets very often), but I imagine it worked. I know I would have kept coming back for more, especially to read “Experiment.” I mean, I would have had to find out why an ordinary man suddenly had so many attempts on his life.

These short stories work well in book form as well. I definitely recommend Writer’s Retweet if you enjoy stories that are a little different.




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