UnCommon Origins by Fighting Monkey Press

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.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Uncommon OriginsTitle: UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature, and Science
Editor:  Fighting Monkey Press
SeriesUnCommon Anthology
Publish Date:  June 15, 2016
Genre:  Speculative Fiction
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s Description: 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? and What comes next?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

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.

badge3v4Why 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.

If you like this book…

…you might try the other anthology from Fighting Monkey Press, UnCommon Bodies. I’ve really enjoyed the A Fantasy Medley series of anthologies by Subterranean Press, though they are less experimental than these stories. You might also check out the many anthologies by Gardner R. Dozois or John Joseph Adams.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Invested Ivana

I'm currently a freelance line editor, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Red Adept Editing or any of my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

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