Jennifer Pelland lives in the Boston area with an Andy, three cats, and an impractical number of books. Her short story collection Unwelcome Bodies was released by Apex in 2008, and contains her Nebula-nominated story “Captive Girl.” In her so-called copious spare time, she studies bellydance in a futile attempt to be graceful before she completely loses her knees. Her web site, which includes a link to her blog, is at www.jenniferpelland.com.
Unwelcome Bodiesby Jennifer Pelland
Pain. Pleasure. The sensation of touch.we feel everything through our skin, that delicate membrane separating
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“Pelland handles difficult topics with assured storytelling chops, bringing us to the brink of tears, fear, desire, and beyond. Worth your time AND money AND sincere attention.” —Steven Gould, author of Jumper
Pain. Pleasure. The sensation of touch.we feel everything through our skin, that delicate membrane separating "I" from "other," protecting the very essence of self.
Until it breaks. Or changes. Or burns.
What would you do if you were the one called on to save humanity, and the price you had to pay was becoming something other than human? Or if healing your body meant losing the only person you've ever loved?
Wander through worlds where a woman craves even a poisonous touch, a man's deformities become a society's fashion, genetic regeneration keeps the fires of Hell away, and painted lovers risk everything to break the boundaries of their caste system down.
Separate your mind from your flesh and come in.
“Her already-glowing reputation may still be just a hint of promising light on the horizon of those who like their fantastic fiction smart, imaginative, and driven by the mysteries of the human spirit, but each new story as brilliant as ‘Brushstrokes’ and ‘The Last Stand of the Elephant Man’ brings her inevitable future even closer. Trust me on this: Jennifer Pelland’s star has only just begun to rise.”
—Adam-Troy Castro, author of Emissaries From the Dead
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I feel compelled to write a review of this boook. I utterly disliked these short stories. Yet, I continued to read them. The stories were macabre and often horrifying in an almost disgusting way. However, the author's writing style and adability to express her thoughts and ideas is superb. I would not recommend this book as an enjoyable read. I wouldn't recommend that anyone should take the time to read it at all. I was just too disgusted most of the time while I was reading it. Having said that, I can't remember the last time I read an author's work that compelled me to write anything at all! The novel was thought provoking and moving. It was also highly original and will undoubtedly inspire other authors in pursuit of their own work. This book is a bell that will be rung repeatedly in many future novels. So, I'd like to laud the author and her work, but I feel I must tell the mainstream lover of science fiction that they should look elsewhere for a good read.
Fantastic collection! This is the book that showed me that I can love science fiction. Everyone should read this.
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.
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.