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Posted December 6, 2011
Unwelcome Bodies is a collection of, well, frankly, utterly unnerving tales. It¿s rare for me to review SFF and rare for me to review short stories, so a combination of both is practically unhead of. However, Jennifer Pelland¿s collection looked to be full of intriguing ideas and I wanted to try something new.
Pelland presents a range of scenarios that range from slightly eerie to full blown frightening. From the story about the woman whose sister has been sewn into her body to the man on a quest to find the key to eternal life, these are thought provoking stories of what life in the future could be like. I found myself flitting from repulsion to fear to awe as I worked my way through the volume.
Each story is a relatively short length and easily digestible. All are followed by notes from the author, divulging ¿the story behind the story¿. The volume is well narrated by Linette Geisel, who applies a steady pace and clear enunciation, making this a relatively easy listen for such a disturbing volume. If it lacks in one thing, it¿s quite possibly in the editorial of the narration. There were times when the end of a story and the beginning of the ¿notes¿ ran so closely together it took me a moment to realise that the story had finished. However, this is a minor complaint and only occurred a small number of times across the seven hour volume.
As a fan of John Wyndham and Isaac Asimov I often wonder why I don¿t really consider myself a science-fiction fan these days. Reading/listening to a volume such as this makes me realise that this isn¿t a genre I should close myself off to. This was one of the most intriguing volumes of short stories I¿ve encountered. Pelland is an excellent storyteller with a vivid imagination. I wouldn¿t hesitate to recommend her writing or to look out for future volumes.
Posted August 20, 2008
This is an amazing book! It's social relevant and very interesting, exploring both science fiction and humanity. If English classes read books like this more kids would be true reading die hards. Pelland speculates about the future and cuts to the core of the human soul with a collection of story that should be required reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2011
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