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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Something In The Middle (Small Stories from the Far Side of Consciousness) by A. I. Wand is an ingenious and unique book. Containing a selection of stories that can be read in succession for a new experience or reading one whenever the mood hits, the book is an extraordinary experience. Brimming with unique characters, strange situations, and a warped sense of reality, each story tips the scale past normal thinking and behavior in an Alfred Hitchcockish way. Doctors that consume their patients' tumors, a psychiatrist who wickedly transforms her patients into inanimate objects, olfactory technicians, schizophrenic writers, voodoo, a time travel snafu, werewolf breeders gone mad, time loops, and evil witches are only a few of the wild and crazy characters and situations unfolding within the pages of this tome. How do they all fit together? Follow the rambling literary path of the author Mr. Wand, Not-Wand, aka A.I., Sir Agatha, or Augie Christie, as he attempts to publish his book, make a movie, author a writer's workshop, locate his missing wife and editor and see where the stories take you.
Intriguing and enigmatic, Something In The Middle by A. I. Wand is an original and eclectic collaboration of short stories that is unusual and idiosyncratic. Not only is each story twisted and complex, but they are also mysterious as well as dramatic and mind-boggling, flawlessly calculated to engage and entrance the reader. Although the arrangement of the stories appears incongruous, in the end, they eloquently come together, portraying a fascinating melodrama similar to a Picasso work of art. With eye-catching illustrations and chapter headings, the deconstructed story creates a fascinating maze worthy of a Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock episode. Because some of the content is more relatable to a mature mindset, including strong language sprinkled amidst the bizarre storylines, the book is more suitable for those over the age of thirteen. It is an ingenious work of art that will entertain and captivate those who love off-beat and off the wall literary masterpieces.