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

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


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UnCommon Origins presents 22 depictions of moments on the precipice, beginnings both beautiful and tragic. Fantastical stories of Creation, Feral Children, Gods and Goddesses (both holy and horrific), and possibilities you never dared imagine come to life.
Including stories from some of the most talented Speculative Fiction and Magical Realism authors around, UnCommon Origins will revisit the oldest questions in the universe:
Where did we come from?
What comes next?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781533322845
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

The Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn by Rhoads Brazos
Aplanetary by Holly Heisey, Author
Glass Heart by Sacha Hope
Cultural Gleanings by Deanne Charlton
Fringling by J.D. Harpley - Astral Scribe
Poseidon's Tears by E.L. Johnson
The Curl of Emma Jean by Michele Tracy Berger
The Price by Samuel Peralta
Growing Simon by Jo West
The Terrible Discovery of Professor Charles Cooper by Jonathan Cromack
The Last Star by DL Orton
My Darlings by P.K. Tyler
The Tombstone Man and the Coming of the Tigress by Nillu Nasser Stelter
In The Periphery by Erica Ruhe
Exhale by Laxmi Hariharan
Ifrit by Brent Meske
Swim With The Beavers by Robert Allen Lupton
The Least Child by Daniel Arthur Smith
Consciousness by Zig Zag Claybourne
Her by Rebecca Poole
The Apple by Shebat Legion
Becoming Mage by Melanie Lamaga

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UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature, and Science 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I was offered this book in exchange for an honest review. Uncommon Origins is a collection of short stories, each including at least one type of supernatural aspect; events, characters, etc. As a reviewer, I find these types of books difficult to review without providing a short review for each story, especially with each story is written by a different author. But who has time for that, so I’ve decided to sum all stories up with a quick review. All of the stories are written by talented authors, include well developed characters, and provide readers with the imagery to allow us to become involved in the story. Each story is unique, with a different “type” of supernatural interest. I can’t speak for all readers, but some stories were of more interest to me than others. Some were downright scary, while others were more fantasy than anything else. Personally, there were a few I could not finish due to the graphic description of gruesomeness, where I found myself laughing out loud to others. With that being said; there IS something for everyone in this book. Overall, I loved it. I rate it with 4 Boundless Stars....Beth
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
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.