Saturday, June 11, 2016

"UnCommon Origins" by P. K. Tyler and Others

UnCommon Origins:
A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature, and Science
(UnCommon Anthologies Book 2)
by P. K. Tyler and Others

UnCommon Origins is the second of the UnCommon Anthologies curated by P. K. Tyler. It will be released on 15 June but is currently available for pre-order. You can read my review of "My Darlings" by P. K. Tyler. Also available: UnCommon Bodies (read my blog post).

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?
The stories:
"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
"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

Praise for the Book
"A cross genre collection of stories united by the uncommon origins of the characters. Obviously it is unlikely that anyone would love every single story but I did enjoy reading each one, in fact it was quite difficult to choose a favourite ... " ~ PJ Lea
I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of stories, styles, themes, and characters." ~ Joseph P. Bonadonna
" ... this is an interesting collection melded together in a anthology which gives readers a variety of authors to read from, and possibly find a new genre that they would not have attempted to read in the first place." ~ Tera Comer
"There is nothing common about this collection of brilliantly diverse stories that tell of possible futures and alternate beginnings. This is a collection of thought provoking tales that will leave the reader with chills long after the book has been read." ~ Klarissa

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
This review is for "My Darlings" by P. K. Tyler, one of 22 stories in the UnCommon Origins anthology.
Adaline will soon become a mother, but we get the impression there is something unusual about her situation. While the author hints at peculiarities in Adaline's behavior, you will never guess what she does in the name of motherhood.
This deftly crafted story will keep you wondering. Repulsive yet compelling, you won't be able to put it down until the very end.

About the Author
P. K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She's also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA Today Bestseller's List.
Pav attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Theatre. She lived in New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off-Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry for several international law firms.
Now located in Baltimore, Maryland, she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not penning science fiction books and other speculative fiction novels, she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica.