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...more
Jennifer Pelland's first short story anthology Unwelcome Bodies from Apex Publishing contains only eleven stories, but they areall winners and would be considered among the highlights of any anthology they're a part of. Jennifer's style is at onceboth intimate and removed, she focuses on her main characters with a detail that betrays how much she cares for each of them (especially their flaws), while the world around the characters tends to disappear into a vague "otherness". This is the streng
The only reason this book isn't getting a 4, is that the stories are all so different that I felt no flow from story to story. Should all short story books have such a flow? I'm not sure. But I'm not very good about continuing to read short story books unless they do. I lose momentum and would rather be reading a novel at that point.
This is a collection of weird and wonderful short stories. Each one is beautifully crafted and it draws you into the fantastical worlds created by Pelland.
The stories are hard hitting and pulls no punches. It attacks, it captivates, it seduces.
The genre is probably sci-fi but as in her previous works, she uses different worlds, technologies and social systems to enhance rather than detract from the very human face of her stories.
From the author's site:
The collection contains the following stories:
(Titles in bold are available to read online.)
"For the Plague Thereof Was Exceeding Great"
"Big Sister/Little Sister"
"Captive Girl" (2008 Nebula nominee)
"The Last Stand of the Elep...more
I think this is exactly the kind of science-fiction where fantastic elements are only secondary (though there are so many beautiful worlds which I would like to see in a novel) and the first place belongs to questions and answers. There are many of them in these stories, and they are stated quite clearly, and they are...more
i've read the first 4 or 5 stories, and while they are good-enough stories (as some mothers are good-enough mothers), there just isn't any payoff. the prose is ok. the images are ok. the characters are ok, and the plot notions are... ok.
but a book of short stories should have at least one in the first 4 or 5 that leaves one reeling, even just a little bit. short stories are supposed to abuse a reader a little--they have to have punch. not plot-level punch, either; the...more
We'll see what the rest has in store. I have a feeling there will be more powerful stories that are challenging to read.
If you like the older Twilight Zone episodes and don't mind stories that make your skin crawl, you'll enjoy Unwelcome Bodies
Pelland speculates about the future and cuts to the core of the human soul with a collection of story that should be required reading.
Several of the stories have stuck with me. It's great science fiction, really.
(Photo by Andrew Benson.)