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Flashes from the Other World by Julie Ann Weinstein
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Sep 30, 10

it was amazing
Read in September, 2010

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 struck a perfect note with use of adjectives getting right to the heart of deep regret, sorrow and guilt over actions and decisions made in life. Doubt anyone could read this tale without shedding a few tears and relating to the characters feelings.

The flash fiction mastery of ‘Doll Finders’, where Ms. Weinstein, in one final compelling sentence, tells a complete story, summing up years of heartfelt pain as a janitor glances into a trash bin.

Ah, could not write a review without the mention of ‘Ice Cream Man’, which held me glued to the page with anticipation until the ultimate outcome. Not wanting to give away the story, I will say taking the pleasure of a child’s delight to hear that ice cream truck in the distance and adding a twist of fate, a morsel of danger shows the mastery of flash fiction at its finest.

The ability to write short stories and flash fiction with variety and depth of meaning is not an easy task for any author. Ms. Weinstein has expertly mastered the craft, as you shall experience when reading each story within ‘Flashes From the Other World.’

Her use of inanimate objects...a doll, a shoe, streaming water...provides unique edginess, mystery and intrigue that flows from each tale.

You definitely will not want to miss the magic of her words as they draw you into her mystical realm of surrealism, fantasy, thought and reality.

I can assure you, it will not disappoint.

Monica M. Brinkman, Author of The Turn of the Karmic Wheel
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