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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
Who knew that a seal or a deer could possess ample knowledge of photography? They might have a few suggestions if you are willing to listen. Or that grumpy, hairy person you are checking out might surprise you with their identity! To know more about them, you have to read More Flash Fiction Stories for Animal Lovers. It is a collection of twenty-four short stories by Theodore Jerome Cohen, some of which are written under his pen name, Alyssa Devine. Based on the pictorial prompts provided by Indies Unlimited for their Flash Fiction Challenges, Cohen has penned these stories, featuring all kinds of animals from a mighty elephant to an almost unnoticeable fly, from a wild cougar to a beloved pet dog.
Cohen described unique human-animal interactions that helped the book reach a whole new dimension. It was an unprecedented experience to view our familiar world through the eyes of these animals. While most of the prompt pictures made me feel warm and fuzzy, Cohen’s ability to spin unpredictable tales from those prompts was even more amazing. I devoured the page-long stories quickly, laughing out loud at times and feeling bemused at others. Stories like “Stefan” and “Ashes to Ashes” touched my heart, while “Look Alikes,” “Plain Sight,” or “Yo” took me by surprise with their quirks. I would recommend More Flash Fiction Stories for Animal Lovers not only to those who love animals but also to anyone appreciating a set of bite-sized, mind-blowing tales. If you are looking for pointers to write flash fiction yourself, this book can serve as an invaluable guide.