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Other Countries / Other Worlds
Fantasy and Fiction for Adults

by Louis Fried

      This fine collection of short fiction combines stories of military science fiction, sexual fantasy, urban fantasy, and all things paranormal. Based in part on the authorís extensive travels in international consulting, these stories take place all over the world and in different worlds, including outer space and under the sea. Fried, who lives in California and Israel, also brings some of his Jewish heritage into several stories.

You never know from one story to the next what kind of strange and interesting people inhabit these other countries and other worlds. Among the most creative stories: a man copes with his life as a werewolf; a woman finds a new friend on a tropical island; a timid man inspired by his dead brotherís spirit explores the wild life; and a woman seeks revenge for her lesbian loverís murder.

Although the stories in Other Countries/Other Worlds will surely delight sci-fi and fantasy readers, the book is marred by many dozens (perhaps hundreds) of distracting spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and typographical errors, beginning in the first sentence of the first page of the introduction. One particularly disturbing mistake for Trekkers is contained in the story "How I Found Love and Saved Our World from Alien Colonization," in which an homage to Star Trek repeatedly refers to the series as Startrek. Otherwise, the book is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

The Book

Outskirts Press
January 2007
Fiction / Short Stories
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NOTE: Sexuality; Profanity; Violence

The Reviewer

Leslie Halpern
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Leslie Halpern is the author of Reel Romance. The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies and Dreams on Film. Coming Soon: A Writer's Guide to Fearless Interviews.
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