The Books – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant think of a rhyme this week
He has exhausted his inventory
Without further ado
He suggests to you
That you go down and just read his wee story

The idea of Friday Fictioneers is to write a very short story (100 words) based on a picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright Claire Fuller

Copyright Claire Fuller

Mr McBrayne, how does it feel to be the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Hugo Award for Science Fiction literature?

It’s a dream come true. I have been a Sci Fi addict since I was about six years old!

And who were your earliest influences?

Well, initially I read HG Wells and Jules Verne.

Ah, the traditional fathers of the genre! And then?

Carl Sagan, obviously, Orwell, then Huxley and Heinlein.

But you are a huge Asimov fan?

Not till much later. The books were arranged alphabetically by author, so I could only read those that I could reach!

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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94 Responses to The Books – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Abraham says:

    Very clever story! Funny too!

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  2. sandraconner says:

    Hilarious and very real. Kids who have an insatiable desire to read will read whatever they can get their hands on. Sometimes I’m even that way. Loved this one, Elephant.

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  3. glossarch says:

    Nice twist! Thanks for the comment on my post about Angosey btw – got a huge kick out of your poem.

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  4. rgayer55 says:

    Starting at the bottom and working back up. Get that boy some platform soles. Well done.

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  5. Lily Mugford says:

    I love it, I feel for him, great story line.

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  6. Enjoyed this sweet story…nice twist at the end. Made me smile. Nice job.

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  7. I love it! Great story!

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  8. neenslewy says:

    Fantastic and funny!

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  9. Anne Orchard says:

    This was a great story, with an excellent reveal that made you go back and look for the clues! Well done. Your story reminded my that I once went to a talk by Lee Child, who said he chose his pen-name partly because it was the right place in the bookstore. People start browsing at A and by the time they get to C they are bored of looking and pick one they like the look of. He said authors with the initial C sell more books!

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    • Very happy that you enjoyed and got it enough to go back and check the names! Thank you for that, and for your interesting comment. People like Connelly, Connolly, Crais and Crichton leap to mind. Fascinating thought!

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  10. Debra Kristi says:

    What? He didn’t scale up the side of the bookcase? That’s what my kid would have done. LOL. Love it!

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  11. Wonderful way to pick which books to read! Makes so much sense.
    Scott

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  12. misskzebra says:

    We had a wide bookcase rather than a tall one when I was young. Thank goodness for that!

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  13. t says:

    Hahahahaha! Hahaha! Haha!

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  14. Funny tale, nicely done!

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  15. camgal says:

    Hehe that was cute and clever..reading only what one can reach 🙂

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  16. wmqcolby says:

    Hahahahahaha! Wonderful! And why NOT? It’s perfect! Great motivation. Thanks!

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  17. Thank you for the smile.

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  18. Sarah Ann says:

    LOL. Lovely dialogue and a great idea.

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  19. vbholmes says:

    Definitely chuckle-worthy–and I’m glad I’m able to reach the A shelf as Asimov is still a favorite of mine.

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  20. claireful says:

    We could always get him some of those library steps that go right to the top. A lovely story.
    Claire

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  21. elappleby says:

    HIlarious! Brilliantly set up – glad I wasn’t drinking anything or I’d have snorted it everywhere in true elephant style 😀

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  22. billgncs says:

    very true — I often note that I get lazy and only read the books on the eye-level shelf!

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  23. julespaige says:

    I really enjoyed your piece. I make sure that my grandson has easy access to the books that grama keeps at her house for him (both up and downstairs), on a shelf, in a box and in a bag too!
    While he hasn’t quite gotten to Sci Fi, he does enjoy his chubby board books and any book with cars and things that go. 🙂

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    • Hi Jules, AnElephant reckons your house is a treasure trove for li’l dudes!
      Does he like ‘That’s not my Dinosaur’ and other touchy books?
      Oh, and thanks for visiting, glad you enjoyed.

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      • julespaige says:

        Son of Son is a hands on kinda little dude –
        Almost 3 and he’s got his own ‘tude!

        Trucks, and ducks, bubbles and trouble,
        All in a good sort of way 🙂

        While I think I’ve heard of “That’s not my Dinosaur’
        Most of my collection are from the second hand stores…That’s a title I’ll have to keep an eye out for.

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  24. Carrie says:

    LOL. I bet his mom refused to let him stand on a chair 🙂

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  25. kz says:

    hahaha loved this. cute story. you should’ve seen me reaching for the books i wanted to read, i was practically climbing on the wooden shelves! but damn, i envy that kid.

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  26. acflory says:

    Oh this made me think Dear Elephant! I haven’t been in a library in decades so I completely forgot that the ‘A’s always go on the top shelf. 😀 Well done!

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  27. Honie Briggs says:

    Being of short stature myself, I get this completely. On library day I chose the thinnest book I could find for my book reports. Now I know better. Size matters. 😉

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  28. EagleAye says:

    Love it. You really caught me off guard. I take it the award winner never read Zelazney?

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    • Sadly AnElephant had to omit 857 of his favourite authors due to word restraint.
      And did want to start with Wells and Verne for obvious reasons.
      Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for visiting.

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  29. Love the ending… stairs are important in libraries.

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  30. kdillmanjones says:

    Great ending! I was expecting something sinister and found myself smiling instead. 🙂

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  31. RoSy says:

    Nice story – especially the bit at the end 🙂

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  32. Brilliant! Really, just so good!

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  33. Penny L Howe says:

    Anyone who reads science fiction gets my vote. I liked your having the ladder as the center piece of the story, as it is in the photo. It’s unfortunate that the “Elephant Ladder” (which I know you know has rungs instead of steps and could be a challenge for anelephant to climb up on) wasn’t in the picture, of course then the child would have raced to the top to the “a’s) so your storyline wouldn’t have worked. Great story! 🙂 xx

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  34. Joe Owens says:

    Oh I like it. Especially the part about reading what could be reached first. Very clever,.

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  35. your above rhyme struck me because as I was clicking your Avatar I was thinking about the amazing creativity you have to write two posts and one each time with the elephant’s voice – I am impressed by that. Every good elephant deserves a day off.

    The story was great – my mind then had to think from top to bottom at the library and grin

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  36. Sandra says:

    Enjoyed this, very clever. The converse is true for me today… with a bad back I can’t get down to read the authors on the bottom shelf….

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  37. yarnspinnerr says:

    Kool. Very neat 🙂

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  38. Rhonda says:

    Cute! Very cute.

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  39. emmylgant says:

    Merveilleux! Et pas de cadavres pour surprendre tout le monde…
    Genial!

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  40. Ha, very cute. 🙂 This is awesome. Verne and Wells are good ones to start with, in any case.

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  41. A very enjoyable way to start my morning reading.

    janet

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  42. Ha. Very funny. You did a great job with it. Randy

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  43. nightlake says:

    that young? an interesting read:))

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  44. Dear Elephant,
    The last line clinches the deal. You had me envisioning the precocious six-year-old on tiptoe at the bookcase. Delightful tale.
    Shalom,
    Rochelle

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  45. Eric Alagan says:

    LOL – good one 🙂

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