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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (August 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1105520277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1105520273
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,783,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories invited reflection on the different points of view, "the other side," of what the protagonists conveyed to us. I can't wait to read more by this young writer!
Josie Rodriquez, Goodreads.com


Group of short stories that were very good. Some better than others but overall worth reading.
Cathy, Goodreads.com

More About the Author

Hamidah Gul is a horror fiction writer who loves injecting a little sense of humor in her stories. She started writing when she was 12 with story episodes about her close friends. Embellishing fiction with fact, she had fun making school life a little more glamorous than its supposed to be. From romance and comedy, she found a little later that she's starting to have an affinity with the occult and for a few years she experimented with a occult practices for research, spending more than few visits to dark abandoned graves to get a feeling of what it's like to walk on the dark side. And with that she started to write horror with a sense of humor. Like she said, there's nothing to be scared of people who are dead, it's the living we should worry about.

Customer Reviews

With a bit of polishing and extension, this could be a very solid and classic collection of spooky tales.
Elizabeth M. Wade
If you are looking for a book of short stories to read all at once or one here and there when you have time, this is the book for you.
Angels R Kids/Furkids
Not me; I like to use my brain to figure out things in complex albeit short stories... but this one was a bit too much.
Edwin Stark

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karielle @ Books à la Mode TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Anthology I: The Other Side by Hamidah Gul
Page Count: 121
Release Date: 9 August 2012
Publisher: Lulu (self-published)
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)

Gul creatively captures the importance of perspective in fiction and in reality because, as we all know: there are two sides to every story... oftentimes, there are even more. It's difficult to sympathize with the enemy, the side we never consider, or the random passersby in a catastrophic incident, but in the balance of things, their stories matter just as much as the main point of view does. In The Other Side, readers delve into the minds of murderers, residents of nature, suicide victims, monsters, aliens, ghosts, both predator and prey, as well as destruction incarnate; the minds of the inanimate and insane that we'd never, ever imagine on our own.

The blurry issue of perception intrigues me greatly, which is why I think Gul hit home with the concept of writing from the ill-exposed "other side." However, there are many areas where this book is lacking, one being the grammar. I can excuse typography errors in a book (even big-house publishers' editors slip past a few misspellings and punctuation mistakes here and there), but poor grammar--especially when it's recurring--docks points overall because it detracts from reading flow as a whole. Gul seems to have trouble distinguishing between the past and present tenses, as well as between active and passive verbs. I expect these writing conventions to be followed in a published work; even if the author's first language is not English, there should have been an editor involved before marketing The Other Side. Overall, it made the voice very stiff and awkward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws on January 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I reviewed a complimentary copy provided by this author.

Review of Anthology 1: The Other Side by Hamidah Gul
4 stars

A fine collection of stories by author Hamidah Gul, there's a wide variety of sub-genres represented here. The book is listed as Science Fiction/Horror, and I would like to expand that to include Speculative Fiction, because Ms. Gul delves into such concepts as The End of the World, and Life After Life, which of course most of us haven't yet experienced. She has a vivid and creative imagination, and I found each story to be in a class by itself.

Among my particular favourites were the chilling "Come Home With Me," which made me want to lock my windows and doors and stay inside; "The Other Side" and "Mission of Mercy," a duet of stories about the End of the World as we didn't expect it; and the wonderfully creative poetic justice of "The Suicide Case," which truly made me smile, because sometimes good does triumph.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Stark on August 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I started reading this book with interest, as I love a well-written short stories anthology, especially if it's about horror and scary stuff. However, the moment I set my eyes on the first page, I knew I was in for a challenge. The writer seems bent on making us read stuff that seems way too experimental and that will scare away any casual reader. Not me; I like to use my brain to figure out things in complex albeit short stories... but this one was a bit too much.
The first story was an absolute mess told from varying viewpoints, with almost no well developed characterization... Sometimes an author can get way too clever for his own good. The second story about inviting Death was more coherent and enjoyable, but it still had too much fragmentary writing to completely fulfill its potential. Do not let this dismal start discourage you... the following tales, regarding "The Other Side" are quite good and the story telling improves as you progress along the book. I'd recommend this author to just change the order in which she introduces the tales in the book, putting the more traditional ones at the front of the book and place the weird, experimental stuff near the end of the book or maybe in an Appendix there.

Note: I got a review copy through the folks of GMTA (Great Minds Think Aloud) Group
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By R. curby on September 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A collection of stories that shows what can happen when the other side of normal is explored. Do you really want wishes to come true.
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By pat1360 on March 30, 2013
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Hamidah Gul presents some unusual viewpoints in this volume of short stories. Frequently there is a twist at the end. I found her writing style to be difficult, however, to the point of being confusing. Some of the stories read almost as if they had been translated into English by a computer. The only story that will stay with me is the last one, "Children of the Mist". It was quite well done. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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Let me preface my comments by saying that I enjoy anthologies. However, I ddin't really enjoy this one. The concept was there, but the execution was some kind of terrible.

It was so bad that I felt bad about asking for a free copy because I didn't want to finish it. So, after reading two other books, I decided to just finish it. The second half of the short stories were much better than the first half.

Another problem with the book was the amount or errors both typographical and grammatical. An editor or proofreader was definitely needed. The potential is there, but the author definitely needs to hone in their writing skills.

I received a copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review.
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