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Magic without the hocus pocus, these stories explore the ethereal blur between reality and not, between dream and sleep, between love and 'other than' love. They present relationships with a tender wackiness. Tossed into the mix are mischievous ghosts, who give the talking plants and even the seductive and vocal grains of sand a run for their money. Quirky and offbeat, the ...more
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Giovanni Gelati
I am going to have to split some hairs on this one. The title Flashes from the Other World is for a grouping of short stories by Julie Ann Weinstein; it is not just one story. The way I have justified using it today instead of on Digital short Saturday (where it could also fit), is that if you get the e-version of the book you can read as just that, a bunch of digital shorts. This is a very eclectic grouping of stories, but I think that for the description or feel of what lies inside for you, I ...more
Monica M.

A Fascinating Journey of Flash Fiction and Short Stories

A bit of whimsy, a dash of the occult, a taste of madness, a trace of sentiment only touch on what you will find in Julie Ann Weinstein’s’ Flashes From the Other World.’

Flash fiction at its finest as you enter Ms. Weinstein’s take on the world of the Paranormal, Relationships and Surrealism.

To hit on a few, ‘Summer Flip Flops’ left me feeling the sweetness of lost love as well as the horror of premature death.

‘Red Dot’, a short story stru
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Jennifer
After reading the summary of "Flashes From the Other World," I was very curious as to how Weinstein could generate a collection of short stories about magic without using magic. To say the very least, I was quite pleased with her style and the interesting stories she came up with. Several of them stood out amongst the rest as seems to be the way it is with anthologies. There were a variety of subjects to set each story apart from the others in the collection, which kept each story fresh and exci ...more
Grady
Playing with the Plumbline

A Plumbline is defined as a line directed exactly toward the Earth's center of gravity. As a plumbline swings it circles around momentary paths that are inevitably pulled back to the gravity point, the center - it is a scientific fact. Reading Julie Ann Weinstein's collection of brief 'flash' stories is like moving out, away from the center where most stories dwell, uncontrolled by the laws of gravity, picking up momentary fragments of reality and then spinning out of c
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Robert Rubenstein
I always suspected Ms. Julie Ann was very close to me. Closer than a touch; just beyond a breath. I can liken the feeling of crossing the street without a care in the world until a memory plays tricks with the pavement, and the earth is suddenly transformed. The mind has already been been swallowed by the groping of hungry hands even before the feet have been sold for sausage at the suicide stands. But no, it is nothing of the sort. The light has changed and I am safely brought to the other side ...more
Cheryl Anne Gardner
Ms. Weinstein is a very insightful writer, and her flash fiction has that ambiguous surreal quality I look for when I am going through submissions for the e-zine. I would accept her work in a heartbeat, especially for the way she approaches the darker themes.

This collection is quite an assortment. You never know what you are going to get from one story to another. We have absurdities, paranormal encounters -- real and imagined -- and we have all manner of relationships, deliberate and coinciden
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Sandra Stiles
This is metaphorical writing at its best. The author has divided her book into three parts. Part one is a collection of paranormal stories. The are very short and bizarre. Not bizarre in a bad way. Bizarre in the sense they make you think. They have a depth to them that makes you wonder if there is a deeper meaning, a hidden meaning.
The second part of the book is called relationships. The first story grabbed me and made me hold on. Maybe it is because my mom has to live with me now that I could
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Michael Davis
I've searched for a word that would best describe Flashes From The Other World, by Julie Ann Weinstein, and delicious is it. Delicious is defined as greatly pleasing or entertaining, and the word precisely describes this compendium of short stories.

Julie Ann Weinstein's short stories are delicately woven and beautifully written. Flashes From The Other World is just the right ticket for those cold, windy and rainy evenings of winter.

I am going to order some for my grandchildren, who are now in
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Jean Rodenbough
I have written a review on Amazon -- and thought I added one on Goodreads. But just to be sure, I'll note that this collection of flash fiction sets the standard for that genre. Bursts of craziness, dreams become real, natural events take on other-worldly character, animals and toys talk, and on it goes. The reader's imagination is challenged with each story, and we are stimulated by the creativity displayed here. The pieces seems effortless, yet as a writer I know that it takes real practice to ...more
Julie Achterhoff
Get ready for a wild ride of escapism with this enticing collection of what is known as "flash" fiction. Each story is short and tight. Reading this book is like riding on a wild roller coaster of fun and thrills. If you read it too fast you might get dizzy! The author takes us through the ins and outs of such subjects as relationships and families, not to mention talking fruits and vegetables. You can read it slowly at your leisure, or fast and furious like I did and get all your senses tinglin ...more
Oana
Flashes from the Other World by Julie Weinstein
Charmed. This is how I felt after stepping into Julie’s magical universe. It is a world that resembles the one of the golems and other mystical creatures of the Old World brought to life by the Word.
Julie Weinstein is indeed a magician of the Word, wrapping reality in silky mystery, and inviting us to question it.
Resembling Marguerite Yourcenar’s Wang Fo, who finds escape in the illusory dimension of a painting, this gifted author’s characters are a
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Jen Knox
Julie Ann Weinstein writes in a refreshing, sharp style that is perfectly suited to flash fiction. Her stories are filled with haunting scenarios and wildly funny characters, who are as unpredictable as they are endearing.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get away; to anyone who loves to read but never finds the time; and to anyone who loves a good short story. Flashes From the Other World is aptly titled--the stories offer pure escapism in short form.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is an eclectic book of short stories. The stories are concise and well written. The ideas expressed were to the point and descriptive.

I preferred the longer stories. I like to see plot and character development. I enjoyed "Tina Land" because of the friendship between the two girls. I think her stories on relationships were my favorite.

This is perfect for the times when you have a short period of time to read and want to get in a story or two.
Kenneth Weene
I read this in advance, and loved it. Sort stories that make you feel and think.
Philip
zany, witty, funny, bizarre-you'll love it
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Julie Ann Weinstein is the author of the award winning magic realism collection, Flashes From the Other World. She has over ninety published stories and is a Pushcart Nominee, freelance writer, editorial consultant and flash fiction workshop leader. Julie is currently working on a new short story collection. The author has been a guest on many AM Radio and Internet Shows. She is also published und ...more
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