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UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature, and Science

by P. K. Tyler

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Imagine one day you wake up speaking only Danish. Or that your body has been taken over by a violent, primal energy. Or that the god you've been waiting for your whole life has finally appeared. Experience the birth of 22 gods, monsters and other fantastical creatures in this collection of speculative fiction short stories.

What drew me to the book: Jess D. Harpley, the author of Sway's Demise and The Mill, has a story in this anthology, which is what brought it to my attention. The description sounds intriguing and the cover art hints at something special!

Why I kept reading: There is a wide range of genres represented in this anthology; sci-fi, magical realism, horror, historical, contemporary, futuristic, and timeless--but they all have a spark of fantasy, the birth of something magical. Aside from the two or three stories that are completely lost on me (it happens in anthologies), I enjoyed them. The Least Child, the story from which the cover art is derived, is the one I really didn't want to end; I want to know what happens to the little plant child and his family! Aplanetary, Glass Heart, Cultural Gleanings, and Swim with the Beavers are a few others I particularly like. You can read the descriptions of each short in the full description on Goodreads or Amazon or wherever you buy your books, though I will say that the descriptions aren't always the best representation of the stories.

Why I recommend it: If you're a fan of multi-author anthologies (some folks aren't), true short stories (no novellas here), and fiction that's a bit on the fringe, I think you'll really enjoy this collection. It contains a nice mix of experimental, though-provoking, and fun fiction. 3.5. ( )
  InvestedIvana | Jun 20, 2016 |
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