Tuesday, August 22, 2017

"UnCommon Lands" by P. K. Tyler and others

EXCERPT and REVIEW
UnCommon Lands:
A Collection of Rising Tides, Outer Space, and Foreign Realms
(UnCommon Anthologies Book 5)
by P. K. Tyler and others


UnCommon Lands, the fifth book in the UnCommon Anthologies, has just been released and can be yours for only $0.99. Keep reading for an excerpt and my review of one of the stories in this collection, "Ecumenical Outpost 732" by P. K. Tyler. Also available: UnCommon Bodies (read my blog post), UnCommon Origins (read my blog post), UnCommon Minds (read my blog post), and UnCommonly Good.

UnCommon OriginsUnCommon MindsUnCommonly Good

More books and stories by P. K. Tyler: White Chalk (read my blog post), Dead Girl (read my blog post), Heaven's Vault (read my blog post), Alt. History 101 (read my blog post), Mosaics Volume 2 (read my blog post), CLONES: The Anthology (read my blog post), Book of Lilith (read my blog post), Avendui 5ive (read my blog post), Twin Helix (read blog post), The Jakkattu Vector (read my blog post), Dominion Rising (read my blog post).

Description
UnCommon Lands presents 20 unique depictions of fantastic places and alien landscapes. These stories of the human (and inhuman) experience transcend time and place and will transport you to worlds you’ve never imagined. Including new and veteran voices, our UnCommon Authors bring you stories which span multiple genres, but hold together on a framework of quality storytelling and a solid theme. UnCommon Lands reminds us that where we are from isn’t as important as where we are going.
Featuring:
"The Creaser" by Tom O’Brien
"The Creaser" by Tom O’Brien

"Gators in Kansas and Other Hazards of Modern Farming" by Ralph Walker
"Gators in Kansas and Other Hazards of Modern Farming" by Ralph Walker

"Rakka Surprise" by Bey Deckard
"Rakka Surprise" by Bey Deckard

"The Crater" by Kenneth Robbins

"Galileo’s Dog" by Karen Gemma Brewer
"Galileo’s Dog" by Karen Gemma Brewer

"Exhibit D" by Michael K. Schaefer
"Exhibit D" by Michael K. Schaefer

"Ecumenical Outpost 732" by P. K. Tyler
"Ecumenical Outpost 732" by P. K. Tyler

"The Pillars of Theonasa" by Roslyn Cay
"The Pillars of Theonasa" by Roslyn Cay

"The Rite" by Christopher Godsoe
"The Rite" by Christopher Godsoe

"Silicon Oar" by Shebat Legion
"Silicon Oar" by Shebat Legion

"Carcerem" by Daniel Arthur Smith
"Carcerem" by Daniel Arthur Smith

"Somewhere I Belong" by Jeremy Rodden
"Somewhere I Belong" by Jeremy Rodden

"A Trap in Eshwar" by E. E. Giorgi
"A Trap in Eshwar" by E. E. Giorgi

"Dreamsolution" by Michael J. P. Whitmer
"Dreamsolution" by Michael J. P. Whitmer

"ConseQuent" by Brent Meske
"ConseQuent" by Brent Meske

"Dragomir" by Tausha Johnson
"Dragomir" by Tausha Johnson

"The Last Immaculate" by Levi Jacobs
"The Last Immaculate" by Levi Jacobs

"Anderson’s Necessaries" by Jon Etter

"No Small Favors" by Anne Skinner
"No Small Favors" by Anne Skinner

"Walker Between the Worlds" by Ashleigh Gauch
"Walker Between the Worlds" by Ashleigh Gauch


Excerpt
Click below to read an excerpt from this collection, including two complete stories.


My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
UnCommon Lands is a collection of 20 short stories from 20 different authors, each featuring a fantastical place or alien landscape. This review is for the story "Ecumenical Outpost 732" by P. K. Tyler, a story set in the Jakkattu world.
Eleven-year-old T’se is a blue-eyed Mezna-human hybrid who lives on Station Cassiopeia with her mother, father, and baby sister. She spends her days staring out her window for a glimpse of Peritha, the red planet below, where the Jakkatu prisoners work the mines. She dreams of living on a planet, and feeling the ground beneath her feet, but Peritha is not safe for women, as the Jakkattu prisoners are far too violent. She also wonders about the Earth she has heard of in stories. All she has to look forward to from the age of twelve is a shaven head and a life sorting the minerals mined on the planet below. Until she meets a mysterious stowaway and begins questioning her life ...
"Ecumenical Outpost 732" further explores aspects of life in the Jakkattu world, introduced in earlier stories and the novel, The Jakkattu Vector. The story highlights the persecution and discrimination that seem inherent in all societies. This is a simple narrative of friendship with another heartbreaking ending, a skill the author has perfected.

About the Author
P. K. Tyler
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.

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