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UnCommon Bodies: A Collection of Oddities, Survivors, and Other Impossibilities (UnCommon Anthology)

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Step right up to the modern freakshow — We have mermaids, monsters, and more. You won't be disappointed, but you may not get out alive.

UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 20 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and the mundane. Together, the authors explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the impossible. Imagine a world where magic exists
Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Fighting Monkey Press
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Nov 21, 2015 .Lili. rated it it was amazing
**This review is only Bey Deckards Don't Touch Me.

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Blurb:Fighting is what Beau does best, because the very thing he dreads is exactly what lends him the extraordinary strength to defeat even the worst odds. And he does it all with the help of his angel, the woman he longs desperately to hold...but can't.

I'll start off by saying: I had no clue what I was getting into. When the ARC was offered I'd never read the blurb and never read Bey Deckard's work. What I received is an achingly beautiful lov
Jule Owen
Nov 02, 2015 Jule Owen rated it it was amazing
Laxmi Hariharan's 'Untamed', one of the tales in this collection, reminds me of a more mainstream Angela Carter. It’s not just the magical realism it’s the alchemy of combining myth and the modern world to create storytelling gold. In this case, the mythical framework is not the gruesome fairy tales of the brother’s Grimm and other tale-spinners of cold northern climes, but the ancient, rich tapestry of India.

The chaotic markets, port and temples of this world are vividly imagined. Hariharan kn
Oct 26, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading Laxmi Hariharan's highly original short story 'UnTamed' included in Philip Harris's 'UnCommon Bodies' . 'Untamed' forms part of Laxmi Hariharan's Bombay based series beginning with 'The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer.' The Ruby Iyer novels and this short story are set in a dystopian future Bombay and in UnTamed the author imagines an even further future time, when humans blend with animals. There is a more mythical quality to the narrative, detailing legends and new beginnings, with a ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Ritesh rated it it was amazing
One of the recent trends in literature has been the diversification of what is considered an “acceptable” story. The trend has been accentuated by self-publishing which has given even massively popular authors to experiment in the kinds of stories they want to tell.

This anthology is the epitome of the success of this trend. Uncommon Bodies is not just about the bizarre and the weird though. It is more about human emotion, and what it actually means to be human. From mermaids to wolf girls, to ev
Jessica West
Nov 01, 2015 Jessica West rated it it was amazing
I had the absolute pleasure of performing line edits on this collection. Some of these stories are poignant and touching, others are a helluva good time. I recommend this book if you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary with characters that are, inexplicably, easy to relate to.
Nov 02, 2015 Morgann rated it really liked it
This is an intricate and intriguing mix of many different voices and stories. There will always be something new here, no matter how many times one re-reads the collection, and with such a variety of stories, this will most assuredly happen at least once. I thoroughly enjoyed the many different stories in this book - in particular, Sessha Batto's work, Made For This. I am always delighted to crawl between the pages of her work, for even when she writes shorts like this one, the characters and si ...more
Merril Anil
Feb 16, 2016 Merril Anil rated it really liked it
Wait for it…wait for it…BOOM !! and its Over

Note: The following review is for the story "Untamed"by "Laxmi Hariharan" and NOT for the entire book

First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of her story, which is part of the Anthology that is this book, Uncommon Bodies

Laxmi Hariharan is one of those rarest Indian authors that had changed my view about Indian authors as I was part of that group who had given up hope in finding a good book among all those engineering
Michael Hicks
Dec 08, 2015 Michael Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
UnCommon Bodies is a very unique anthology that collects a number of short stories around the unifying premise of physical oddities. There are several traveling circus sideshow freaks, cyborgs, mutilated figures, people coping with body issues, and love between a man who is too short and a woman who is too tall.

As with the human body itself, there much in the way of variety here and these stories run the gamut of genres, from a breezy bit of lesbian erotica set against the Jack the Ripper murder
Nov 03, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
The UnCommon Bodies anthology is fascinating. Sometimes shocking, even disturbing, it also provides moments of hilarity. A good example of this would be Sally Basmajian's The Well-Rounded Head, in which a wife is only attracted to her husband because of his perfectly circular noggin. When his head appears to lose volume, the marriage hits the skids. Other stories may delight some readers and potentially upset some, too, but most are compulsively readable. This book is definitely worth checking o ...more
Short stories are just that, short. Sometimes authors just miss breathing their tale to life or they do not quite draw out the emotional tags. Laxmi Hariharan does both with each stroke of her pen. Follow along as we are taken into Ms. Hariharan’s world of the Ruby Iyer Universe, a post-apocalyptic, dystopian place set in the streets of multicultural Bombay.

Leana is different than those around her. She is a hybrid, part human, part werewolf and she is struggling to come to terms with her inner m
Hans Hirschi
Nov 18, 2015 Hans Hirschi rated it it was amazing
***A copy of this book was provided to me for an honest review***

I am really privileged. I put out a feeler to my Tribes, asking if anyone needs a review and I get submissions from all over the place. Some scare me, like the het erotica I’m to review in a couple of weeks, others are right down my alley, like one of last week’s novellas, and sometimes, I’m blown away, pleasantly surprised by literature I wouldn’t pick up from the store myself.

It is those treats I almost enjoy the most, because th
Bryan Jarvis
Nov 03, 2015 Bryan Jarvis rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of reading Jordanne Fullers story Scars:First Session and it is a beautifully heart wrenching story about overcoming the physical and mental abuses a person can suffer from family and loved ones.This is by far the best story this author has written it is beautiful and engaging and definitely a must read.
Jun 01, 2016 Aletia rated it it was amazing
There aren't words. With this AMAZING line up of writers, one can only hope they do it right. And man o man did they! I can't wait to get my paperback version so I can read them all again, almost like the first time :D

*I was given an ARC for my honest opinion
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Nov 23, 2015 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it
The Ruby Iyer Universe has provided me with hours of entertainment already. So, when I heard that Author Laxmi Hariharan has come up with a short story set in the same universe, albeit a different timeline, I jumped up at the chance of getting my hands on an ARC. And Laxmi doesn’t disappoint her fans.

Untamed is the story of Leana Iyeroy trying to come to terms with who she is. She is a half wolf - half human hybrid with has blood on her hands. In order to try discovering her true self and findin
Hannah McKinnon
Nov 04, 2015 Hannah McKinnon rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading Sally Basmajian's story The Well-Rounded Head. It was so surprising and witty, I laughed out loud a number of times. If the other stories in this collection are anywhere near as good, I will be thoroughly entertained.
MB Mulhall
Nov 23, 2015 MB Mulhall rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I was intrigued when I first saw the cover reveal and then even more so when I read a synopsis. I don't normally go for short stories as I want to know what happens from beginning to end, but these stories, snippets of a bigger picture I'm sure, were horrifying, entertaining, interesting, and mesmerizing enough to keep me wanting to read on.

There's a little something for everyone in this collection from horror
Nov 22, 2015 J. rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Robb Grindstaff's "Rudy and Deidre" is a story about (as the summary states) "a shorter than average man admir[ing] a taller than average woman from afar." But it feels like a much bigger story than that, and broader than its short length would seem. I've read other work from Robb, and one thing I admire about his style is his ability to evoke strong imagery and emotion without resorting to overly flowery or pretentious language, and this story
Nov 21, 2015 Seamus rated it it was amazing
An excellent anthology of trei-freaky, weird & wonderful short stories!

Series 2 anyone??
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Nov 24, 2015 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, shorty, bgirls
Review for Don't Touch Me by Bey Deckard only.

A review by The Blogger Girls.

Wow. I feel like a broken record, but here is yet another amazing story by Mr. Deckard. It doesn’t matter what the story is about; it doesn’t matter how long the story is. This one, just as with everything else I’ve read by him, has gripped me from the start, made me forget about genre, tense or anything else I notice when I’m reading other stories, and just keeps me focused on the story I’m given.

This one is about a ma
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Nov 24, 2015 Michelle Cornwell-Jordan rated it it was amazing
Uncommon Bodies is a wonderful anthology filled with works by a collective of very talented authors! I loved the idea of the anthology and I was very excited to see how this unique premise would be carried out.

One of the stories that I loved was UnTamed which was the first work of Author Laxmi Hariharan I’ve read and needless to say I will be reading all her works! I really do not know where to start. But I enjoyed the magical tale that had a touch of dystopia, but was more. I believe the mix o
4.5 Stars - Rounded

I love short stories, always have. The ability of the author to condense information and present a complete tale with beginning, middle and end takes talent and skill to manipulate words and make every word mean something to the overall. The common thread in these stories is the body: different from the normal or expected, either born this way or modified after, and most importantly, how these differences effect behaviors and attitudes.

Not a read in one sitting (for me) coll
Lois Langdon
Nov 23, 2015 Lois Langdon rated it it was amazing
* I received an eARC copy for the purpose of an honest review*

UnCommon Bodies is reminiscent of a sideshow circus freaks, historical gore, sci-fi and the human condition.

The stories connect on many instinctual levels. Fear, horror, sympathy and even erotically charged. Each author has a character that has a surprising voice that you would not expect from the bullied chubby girl to the heart broken cyborg.

This anthology is a definite standout in the new trend of self-publishing. I was not distra
Nov 24, 2015 Serenity rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful collection of unique and odd but beautiful in their own way stories. Other than the one poem which I just did not enjoy I found myself fully enjoying each story for various reasons. Some were just beautifully written, with the imagery being so vivid your could easily imagine the feathers springing forth from the skin. Some were slightly creepy and others were just so very out there classifying them is hard. All most all were enjoyable and a few left me wanting longer, complet ...more
Nov 24, 2015 RuthK rated it really liked it
In an anthology titled UnCommon Bodies, one expects the unexpected. However, I was still surprised to find myself chuckling at Sally Basmajian’s “The Well-Rounded Head”. The enthusiasm with which the wife so vividly and extensively describes her husband’s “orb-like” head and the lust it inspires in her is almost contagious. So, too, the abject horror with which she reacts to its “disfigurement”. The inevitable confrontation is equally passionate and bizarre. Enjoy!
Nov 22, 2015 Nicola rated it it was amazing
I was given the pleasure of reading Scars: First Session by Jordanne Fuller; a beautifully written story of a young woman who is overcoming the mental and physical scars that years of abuse have left her. The story details the effects that long-term abuse from family and loved ones can have on a person. The author has created a unique way of connecting with past emotional trauma and it is thoroughly engaging. This is a must-read story from an incredibly talented author. I can't wait to read more ...more
Shaye Burgess
Nov 19, 2015 Shaye Burgess rated it it was amazing
So far only get to read Samantha Warren's story "Saltwater Assassin"
I loved the story line and the characters. As a short story it has great potential to form into a book itself. High recommend reading this story. Can't wait to read all the other stories too.
Kathy Morris
Nov 24, 2015 Kathy Morris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, contemporary
*A copy of this book was provided to me for an honest review.*
Anthology of short stories published by Fighting Monkey Press.

This book has 21 short amazing stories and poems. You have mermaids, cyborgs, monsters, people with afflictions, sideshow freaks, hybrids and much more.
One of the stories I really enjoyed was Don't Touch Me by Bey Deckard. It's about a fighter named Beau. Fighting is what Beau does best , because the very thing he dreads is exactly what gives him the extraordinary strengt
Cat Skinner
Nov 24, 2015 Cat Skinner rated it really liked it
Cover art is everything to me when I'm reading a book I know very little about, and I immediately loved the cover for UnCommon Bodies.

I was excited to pick this up because one of my favorite short story writers, Sally Basmajian was featured in this anthology. Basmajian never disappoints, and I laughed out loud at her bizarre and tongue-in-cheek contribution to this book.

Once I cracked this collection, I found myself unable to put it down. The various stories and poems were in turn erotic, sensua
Nov 24, 2015 G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't Touch Me by Bey Deckard: Bey charmed us once again with a story of unconventional love – like Romeo and Juliet or the Beauty and the Beast, an impossible love that could and should have been. It is sad and beautiful. Beau is an ex-military with a incredible aversion to being touch which works great for him because he is a fighter and the repulsion of being touched gives him strength to fight any opponent. By his side is always Suzy, his angel. She gives him unconditional love and care. Bea ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
A journey at the juncture of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, this collection of stories thrusts readers into the disorienting experience of inhabiting bodies deformed, maimed, of mixed species, and otherwise alien to us. Each turn of the page to the next story requires a literal disembodiment, one that can be thrilling, disturbing, or -- in the best stories -- both. The stories can be uneven in quality, and sometimes the same themes are revisited too often. But the standouts in the collect ...more
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